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Prom 35: Elgar – Enigma Variations; Coleridge-Taylor – Violin Concerto; Stanford, Lambert @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

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...