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Promenade Indulgence
I have several things to write up. First of all, the announcement of the programme for the BBC Proms 2010.

As I skimmed through the programme, I certainly had a positive reaction, thinking there is quite a lot of interest this year. Perhaps this is partly because of the Mahler anniversary year (born 1860; died 1911, so we can have another anniversary year next year ...).

So, my long list is as follows:
  • Prom 1 - Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand is an obvious choice for the traditional choral first night

  • Prom 2 - brilliant moments and tedious half-hours await Wagner fans for Die Meistersinger

  • Prom 4 - an opportunity to purge the trauma of Stephen Hough, with Simon Trpčeski playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Prom 8 - an opportunity to purge the insipid performance of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony, along with Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem

  • Prom 9 - something by Parry that isn't Jerusalem

  • Prom 12 - a Viennese evening with Sir Charles Mackerras, including my own Strauss favourite, Kaiserwaltz

  • Prom 14 - an all-Beethoven programme, including a Violin Concerto without Joshua Bell

  • Prom 20 - an organ recital of transcriptions of Wagner, with Wayne Marshall

  • Prom 24 - probably the longest symphony ever written, Mahler 3

  • Prom 26 - an interesting pairing, Mahler 4 and 5

  • Bach Day - PSM1, PSM2, Prom 38, Prom 39 - there was a thread a year or two ago on the Radio 3 message boards where people were asked to imagine their "fantasy proms". I suggested a concert combining Bach's great organ works with a selection of their orchestrations; I'll settle for two concerts doing that instead!

  • Proms 42 and 43 - Pärt's sublime Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, with the option of staying for a late-night Pärt programme too

  • Prom 44 - an interesting programme from the Russian National Orchestra

  • Prom 46 - curious about the Pärt again, though I could do without the Ravel

  • Prom 65 - the Berlin Phil and Simon Rattle with some favourite symphonies

  • Proms 67 and 68 - obviously a sneaky compromise to include the Fantasia on British Sea Songs but not in the Last Night of the season itself; followed by Bliss and Rachmaninov in the evening prom

  • Prom 73 - the Northumbrian Pipes at the Royal Albert Hall

  • Prom 75 - once again, a disappointing Last Night programme is compensated for by an interesting penultimate night, this time Monteverdi's Vespers



Further notable ones to draw to the attention of others:
  • Proms 10 and 11 reprise the Doctor Who Prom event - no doubt both will be busy

  • Prom 30 - a programme including works by Takemitsu

  • Prom 35 - a tribute to Ligeti in this season

  • Prom 71 - at least La Mer and The Rite of Spring are wrapped into one concert for their annual outings

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shui_long From: shui_long Date: April 24th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Parry has done well this year - and it's not even an anniversary. There is certainly some interesting programming, including the Bach day; Prom 67 looks like some compensation for the mess they seem determined to make of the Last Night. And if they must put on so much Wagner, at least they've found a strong cast for Die Meistersinger.

Meanwhile, if you're not already aware of it, you might like to have a look at the programme for the English Music Festival at Dorchester at the end of May.
From: rosaguestlist Date: April 25th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Short list:

Prom 2 - Die Meistersinger (weekend)
Prom 20 - Wagner (weekend)
Prom 40 - Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev (weekend)
Prom 48 - Monteverdi, Dowland, Wagner, Beethoven (weekend)
Prom 71 - Debussy/ Stravinsky
Prom 75 - Monteverdi

Long List:

Prom 1 - Mahler
Prom 4 - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Prom 24 - Mahler
Prom 26 - Mahler
Prom 44 - Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky
Prom 46 - Part, Ravel, Scriabin
Prom 52 - Scriabin, Ravel, Strauss
Prom 65 - Mahler, Beethoven

- K
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