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Prom 34: BBC Philharmonic – Yan Pascal Tortelier @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Dominic McHugh

Yan Pascal Tortelier’s directorship of the BBC Philharmonic in the 1990s was a golden time for Manchester concert goers. Now the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, he…



Prom 34: BBC Philharmonic – Yan Pascal Tortelier @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Yan Pascal Torteliers directorship of the BBC Philharmonic in the 1990s was a golden time for Manchester concert goers. Now the orchestras Conductor Laureate, he...

Chamber Prom 4: Christian Gerhaher – Gerold Huber @ Cadogan Hall, London


Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber gave a somewhat depressing, but marvellously executed Chamber Prom concer at Cadogan Hall. Their tribute to the famous...

Prom 33: The King’s Consort – Robert King @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Given the Albert Hall is the acoustic equivalent of a large and loftychurch, it seems entirely appropriate to perform sacred works in the venue. Robert...

Prom 32: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis: Julian Anderson and Ravel @ Royal Albert ...


Andrew Davis, back with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Heaven is Shy of Earth and a lively performance of...

Prom Saturday Matinee 2: The Academy of Ancient Music – Richard Egarr @ Royal Alb...


Cadogan Hall offered an intimate setting for this very pleasantly and expertly performed afternoon of music. Two of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos framed a popular divertimento...

Prom 30: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – Sir Colin Davis @ Prom 30: N...


In the most impressive Prom of the season so far, Sir Colin Davis led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in four works by...

Rigoletto @ Opera Holland Park, London


Opera Holland Park attracts a certain type of audience and after too many bottles of burgundy from their Marks and Sparks picnic hampers, this stewed...

Prom 28: Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Stephane Denéve @ Royal Albert ...


Contradiction seems to have been an important characteristic of this concert. To start with, the name of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra puzzles me: how...

Prom 28: Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Stephane Denéve @ Royal Albert ...


Contradiction seems to have been an important characteristic of this concert. To start with, the name of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra puzzles me: how...

Prom 27: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Kazushi Ono: Hosokawa, Mahler and Shostakovich...


In his Proms debut, Kazushi Ono, Musical Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a performance that started...

Prom 26: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Sir Andrew Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London


This was by some way the most baffling Prom of the season so far, itspromise of pomp, circumstance and humour never quite hitting the mark,despite...

Prom 24: Handel: Alexander’s Feast (orch. Mozart) – The English Concert/And...


In the late 1730s, it was thought that Handel would never compose again. He was exhausted from stress, he had suffered a serious injury to...

Prom 25: London Sinfonietta – Oliver Knussen @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Never ones to shirk a challenge, the London Sinfonietta opted for thesecond Proms season running to take a large scale 20th century vocal score head...

Prom 23: BBC Philharmonic – Vassily Sinaisky @ Royal Albert Hall, London


There was something of a family tree linking this BBC Philharmonic prom,exploring the teacher-pupil relationship from Rimsky-Korsakov toShostakovich by way of Glazunov. In doing so...

Prom 22: BBC Philharmonic – Gianandrea Noseda @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Prom 22 featured Haydn’s Mass in B flat major, ‘Heiligmesse’ (1796) and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, ‘Great’ (1825-6). This prom included two...

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


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 60: Orchestre National de France/Kurt Masur: Henze and Shostakovich @ Royal Albert...


Veteran conductor Kurt Masur led the Orchestre National de France in a suite from Hans Werner Henze’s last opera and Shostakovich’s massive Leningrad Symphony. Henze...

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 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...