BBC Proms reviews

Prom 71 review – quality and exuberance at The Last Night of the Proms

by Sam Smith

Excellent programming and two star soloists made for a memorable swan song to the season



Prom 69 review – Crisp performances of Mozart by Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion

by Barry Creasy

The French early music ensemble stitches together Mozart’s Requiem with rarely performed short works by the same composer into a strangely shaped coat of many colours

Proms 66 & 67 review – Rufus Wainwright’s Want Symphonic

by Barry Creasy

The Canadian-American revives his 20 year old sequential pair of Want albums in an opulent, orchestrally augmented double concert that reveals both light and shade

Prom 64 review – Les Troyens in concert at the Royal Albert Hall

by Sam Smith

A meticulous approach and thrilling results from the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir

Prom 58 review – Jon Hopkins’ group sonic meditation

by Michael Hubbard

Jules Buckley helms the BBC Singers, Symphony Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with a new commission sitting alongside reinterpretations from across the electronica composer’s career

Prom 54 review – an enjoyable afternoon of organ music from Isabelle Demers

by Barry Creasy

The Canadian organist makes her BBC Proms debut in a programme of Bach, Coleridge-Taylor, Laurin, Prokofiev, Still and Wagner

Prom 52 review – the Boston Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Royal Al...

by Keith McDonnell

One of the world’s finest orchestras delivers impeccable Strauss under its inspired music director Andris Nelsons, but Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony lacks the necessary edge and bite

Prom 50 review – a performance of Handel’s Samson to draw the listener in

by Sam Smith

The Academy of Ancient Music and Philharmonia Chorus make the Albert Hall feel like the most intimate of spaces

Prom 49 review – Robert Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri enjoys its first compl...

by Sam Smith

The London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle present an oratorio that was, in its day, both popular and unusual

Prom 43 review – Kurtág’s Endgame enjoys its UK premiere at the Royal Albert Hall

by Sam Smith

The Hungarian composer’s operatic version of Beckett’s Fin de partie

Prom 37 review – renowned pianist András Schiff beguiles and dazzles in Schumann

by Keith McDonnell

The Budapest Festival Orchestra returned to the Proms under its enigmatic music director Iván Fischer to deliver an outstanding evening of music making in a selection of judiciously chosen 19th century work

Prom 36 review – celebrating György Ligeti’s 100th anniversary with élan

by Barry Creasy

Some first-rate performances of György Ligeti and Richard Strauss from London Philharmonic Orchestra and choir, Edvard Grieg Kor and Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Choir under Edward Gardner

Prom 31 review – Dialogues des Carmélites comes from Glyndebourne to the Royal Alber...

by Sam Smith

The summer opera festival makes its annual visit to the BBC Proms

Prom 30 review – barnstorming performances of Boulanger, Rachmaninov and Walton

by Barry Creasy

Sinfonia of London under John Wilson tackle Walton’s First Symphony, Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto and Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps with verve and sparkle

Prom 29 review – the promise of historically informed performance into which reality ...

by Barry Creasy

Dunedin Consort playing Mozart and Bach(s) was everything to look forward to, but the acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall intervened

Prom 28 review – an evening of colours and textures from NYO and Carlos Miguel Prieto

by Barry Creasy

A programme of Hindemith, Strauss and Copland gives the chance for the National Youth Orchestra to explore all the emotions

Prom 27 review – Bellido, Rachmaninov and Walton in an emotional roller coaster

by Barry Creasy

Klaus Mäkelä, Yuja Wang, Thomas Hampson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus bring interest, excitement and rich emotion to the Royal Albert Hall

Prom 24 review – Karabits conducts Karabits (as well as Mozart and Rachmaninov)

by Barry Creasy

Kirill Karabits brings his father’s work to the platform, along with Rachmaninov’s lush second symphony and Mozart’s most famous horn concerto

Prom 19 review – a crisp and entirely Classical performance of Elijah from Scotland...

by Barry Creasy

Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus under Maxim Emelyanychev bring historical context to Mendelssohn’s great oratorio

Prom 10 review – ‘Orrible Opera: a bickering Mozart and Queen Victoria bring opera ...

by Barry Creasy

The Horrible Histories team hook up with English National Opera for a knockabout introduction – in two Proms performances – to opera

Prom 9 review – Portuguese pzazz: Mariza brings Fado to London

by Barry Creasy

Award-winning singer Mariza makes her Proms debut with her take on Portugal’s most famous musical export