Reviews Index

Prom 21: BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson – The Voice @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Sara Miller

On the surface, Prom 21 appeared to be a rather random selection of works. But scratch below the surface and a number of connecting themes…



Mozart’s Requiem @ Barbican Hall, London


Since Mozart died writing a Requiem, there really cannot be any other possible way to end the Mostly Mozart Festival apart from the doom and...

Prom 57: Orchestre des Champs-Elysees/Philippe Herreweghe: Mozart @ Royal Albert Hall, ...


Philippe Herreweghe and his Orchestre des Champs-élysées gave an all-Mozart programme that was beautifully precise but a little too controlled and ultimately not very engaging....

Prom 16: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo @ Royal Albert Hall...


Although I was not surprised to find the ever-tolerant British public giving this concert the standard three-round applause at the end, it was nevertheless one...

Prom 17: English Baroque Soloists – John Eliot Gardiner @ Royal Albert Hall, London


If one ever needed evidence that good performances of sacred music had healing properties, one need look no further than this evenings concert. Apart from...

Prom 55: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Lindberg, Mendelssohn and Sibelius...


This Finnish-dominated concert saw an exhilarating new work played alongside two warhorses, which ensured there were very few empty seats in the Royal Albert Hall....

Prom 15: BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth – Juan Diego Florez @ Royal Alber...


This prom had an intriguingly varied and unusual programme. It was also Barry Wordsworth’s final appearance with the BBC Concert Orchestra as its principal conductor....

Prom 14: BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson @ Royal Albert Hall, London


George Benjamin’s Dance Figures (2004) had its UK premiere at the Proms on Monday night. Prom 14 was a mixture of sub-standard performances and well-prepared...

Prom 13: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox @ Royal Albert Hall, London


There could have been no better send-off for outgoing BBC National Orchestra of Wales Principal Conductor Richard Hickox than this rip-roaring performance of William Walton’s...

Prom 11: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox @ Royal Albert Hall, London


This weekend, Richard Hickox steps down as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in two concerts that represent quite aptly the music...

Moscow, Cheryomushki


I cannot remember when I laughed so much in an opera house as during Moscow, Cheryomushki on Saturday night.My companion for the evening had a...


Prom 8: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda – Prokofiev and Shostakovich @ Royal Albert Hall,...


Prom 8 was a delicious Prokofiev sandwich with a piece of rare Shostakovich as filling. The BBC Philharmonic, under its Principal Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, gave...


Prom 6: Mozart: Cos


The Albert Hall was practically full – on the hottest night of the year – for Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s annual visit to the Proms. After...

Chamber Prom 1: Christoph Eschenbach – Solistes de l’Orchestre de Paris @ C...


Immediately after performing Siegfried at the Albert Hall the night before, conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, along with four members of L’Orchestre de Paris, launched...

Prom 5: Michael Collins – London Winds @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The first late night prom was an interesting tribute to Mozart. It included two twentieth century pieces inspired by the composer and concluded with a...

Prom 4: Hallé Orchestra – Mark Elder @ Royal Albert Hall, London


When Sibelius’ first symphony received its Proms premiere in 1903 underSir Henry Wood, Debussy was well underway on his own symphonic masterpieceLa Mer. Just over...

Prom 3: Wagner – Siegfried @ Royal Albert Hall, London


After Simon Rattle’s fresh period-instrument account of Das Rheingold in 2004 and last year’s starry Die Walküre, it was back to a solid and conventional...

Prom 2: Mozart the Dramatist – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington @ ...


After a drab start to the Proms last night, Sir Roger Norrington galvanised the festival into the kind of gear it should be in, and...

English Chamber Orchestra/Roy Goodman/Hilary Hahn @ Barbican Hall, London


Is it just me, or is there a Nationalist agenda here?Why, in a ‘Mostly Mozart’ concert, did the programme feature only one work by Mozart,...