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Prom 50: Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor; Stravinsky – The Firebird; Novák – Eternal Longing @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

After the dubious interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth in Prom 49, it was nice to return to high quality music-making with this, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s…



Prom 49: Beethoven – Symphony No 9; Gubaidulina – The Light of the End @ Ro...


Another Prom, another London orchestra, another Beethoven symphony coupled with another piece of modern music. It could well have been a re-run of Friday’s scintillating...

Prom 47: Tippett – Symphony No 4; Beethoven – Symphony No 3 @ Royal Albert ...


The ripple of applause after the first movement of Beethoven’s Eroica symphony at this Proms concert summed up the whole event. For not only were...

Prom 44: Mahler – Symphony No 4; Berg – Lulu-Suite @ Royal Albert Hall, London


She may not have been on stage for much more than ten minutes at a time, but the soprano Christine Schaefer managed to dominate this...

Prom 43: Shostakovich – Symphony No 11; Dalbavie, Stravinsky @ Royal Albert Hall,...


There’s a growing perception among the Prommers that the BBC Symphony Orchestra are in remarkably good form this season, and nothing we saw in this...

Prom 42: Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker; Iolanta @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Welsh National Opera made a rare but welcome appearance at the Proms with a double bill of works by Tchaikovsky: excerpts from his last ballet...

Prom 36: Bruckner – Symphony No 6; Unsuk Chin, Weber @ Royal Albert Hall, London


At this stage of the season The Proms begin to welcome visitors from overseas, and this concert with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin offered the...

Prom 35: Elgar – Enigma Variations; Coleridge-Taylor – Violin Concerto; Sta...


To my eyes it often seems that the BBC Concert Orchestra get a raw deal compared to their counterparts in the organisation, looked down on...

Prom 30: Sibelius – Symphony No 5; Tchaikovsky, Mahler @ Royal Albert Hall, London


It was to be the stuff of dreams. NeemeJarvi was sadly not well enough to conduct hisGothenburg forces at the Albert Hall, soresponsibility fell to...

Prom 26: Berio: Coro; Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik @ Royal Albert Hall, London


This late night Prom marked what would have been Luciano Berio’s 80th birthday, with Coro an auspicious choice to celebrate the occasion. However the work...

Prom 23: Berlioz – Roméo et Juliette @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Berlioz remains one of the most unjustly neglected of composers of all time,which is extraordinary considering his contribution to the development ofmusic in the nineteenth...

Prom 16: Musorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition; Dutilleux, Ravel and Stravinsky @...


Simon Rattle may no longer be in charge of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, but his replacement Sakari Oramo has ensured his hard work...

Prom 15: Stravinsky – The Fairy’s Kiss; Detlev Glanert, Knussen and Liadov ...


This Prom had a distinctly ‘school night’ feel to it. Whether that was due to the sadly ill Oliver Knussen or the unusual programme, the...

Prom 13: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Elgar’s setting of John Henry Newman’s text The Dream Of Gerontius struggled to make an impact at its barely rehearsed premiere. Indeed Elgar went as...

Prom 6: Nielsen: Symphony no. 4; Rachmaninov and Thea Musgrave @ Royal Albert Hall, London


I’d wager this is going to be one of the more testing Proms seasons of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 75 years, as they perform each...

Prom 1: Tippett – A Child Of Our Time; Elgar, Mendelssohn and Berlioz @ Royal Alb...


Sir Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child Of Our Time may date from 1941, but its relevance to the first Prom of this new season could...

John Williams – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith OST


Not only does Revenge Of The Sith mark the final instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars epic, it also signs off an extraordinary body of...

Bloch – Violin Sonatas


Ernest Bloch was always most comfortable when writing for stringed instruments, and none more so than the violin. His concerto of 1938 was written for...

Steve Reich – Three Tales


Three Tales is a collaboration between contemporary composer Steve Reich and his wife, the videographer Beryl Korot. Together they have produced a powerful, poignant and...

Sebastian Comberti, Maggie Cole – Mozartiana


Cello Classics is maturing into a very interesting label, not content to focus on the core repertoire but putting together excellent anthologies such as their...