Reviews Index

Prom 53: London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vladimir Jurowski @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Ben Hogwood

The works in this dramatic Prom were linked by the sound of bells,whether explicitly in Rachmaninov’s choral symphony, in Shakespeare’s’surly sullen bell’ as realised by…



Prom 51: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester – Philippe Jordan @ Royal Albert Hall, London


One of the Proms’ primary concerns is to promote young performers, and this concert ceded the platform to the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, founded by Claudio...

Prom 50: London Symphony Orchestra – Sir Colin Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London


In his final Prom with the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Conductor (though he may be back next year as their President), Sir Colin Davis...

Prom 49: Mariinsky Opera – Valery Gergiev @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Though it was through illness rather than design, we were treated to something like ‘musical chairs’ during the Mariinsky’s weekend at the Proms. On Saturday...

Prom Saturday Matinee 3: Britten Sinfonia – André de Ridder @ Royal Albert H...


With Valery Gergiev performing in the later Prom, Saturday’s afternoon concert in the Cadogan Hall seemed a little like an appetiser. It was therefore pleasing...

Prom 48: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus – Valery Gergiev @ Royal Albert H...


Perfection is difficult to achieve but Valery Gergiev and his forces came very close to it during the second half of this concert. Arguably, Shostakovich’s...

Prom 47: London Symphony Orchestra – Valery Gergiev @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The Royal Albert Hall was tightly packed tonight. Coupled with the anticipation of hearing star performers Valery Gergiev and Yuri Bashmet playing with the excellent...

Prom 45: City of London Sinfonia – Paul Daniel @ Royal Albert Hall, London


What a mixed a bag the BBC offered us on this evening: Franco-Polish Surrealism, a groundbreaking Russian concerto, a German lullaby and a dash of...

Prom 44: Budapest Festival Orchestra – Ivan Fischer @ Royal Albert Hall, London


With Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring now accepted as an annual Promsfixture there comes the danger of an overfamiliarity with the excesses thatcaused such an uproar...

Prom 43: BBC Symphony Orchestra – Jir


After some substandard proms over the last few weeks, I was delighted that this evenings prom lived up to, and exceeded expectations. The BBC Symphony...

Prom 42: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Sakari Oramo @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The classical music world was dominated last week with the news of the death of the legendary soprano Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at the age of...

Prom 40: UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra – Maxim Vengerov @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Maxim Vengerov is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest violinists of his generation. This is a fact which is backed up by the vast...

Prom 41: Philharmonia – Esa-Pekka Salonen @ Royal Albert Hall, London


If there is one cardinal sin in orchestra playing that one should never break, it is ensuring that the string bowings (which consists of the...

Prom 39: European Youth Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The arrival of youth orchestras at the Proms is always an exciting event, and normally these concerts are among the highlights of the festival. Colin...

Prom 38: BBC Symphony Orchestra – John Adams @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Given the much-discussed unpopularity of contemporary classical music, perhaps John Adams is our one great hope. Of all modern composers, he has been proven to...

Prom 37: Steve Reich – Works for Percussion @ Royal Albert Hall, London


2006 is a big year for fans of Steve Reich, with a major 70th birthdayretrospective due at the Barbican this October. Ahead of that, thiscommemorative...

Prom 36: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Ilan Volkov @ Royal Albert Hall, London


The concert was supposed to be important because of the world premiere of James Dillon’s piano concerto which was commissioned by the BBC. In the...

Prom 35: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov @ Royal Albert Hall, London


In the third of their four Proms this year, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra presented a broad programme featuring works by Mozart, Schumann and Jonathan...

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...

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


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...

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...