kharin and I stayed on for the late-night Prom, the first all-Philip Glass programme at the Proms, though both works were (mostly) new to me. We both enjoyed the Violin Concerto; I nominate soloist Gidon Kremer as the Proms Pixie of the season so far, bouncing around in far too spritely a fashion for his age, whilst Dennis Russell Davies did a passable impression of Jean-Luc Picard "making it so" with his baton. The jury is still out on the other work, a UK premiere of Symphony No. 7 (A Toltec Symphony). I enjoyed the first movement, but felt that the vocals in the second and third did detract from it somewhat. The Oo-Ah bird is so called because it lays square eggs. The programme notes stated that Glass transcribed the song of an old man in the Mexican hills, but that "other local people, despite knowing the sounds, could not say what they meant". In other words, what sounds like "yummy-yummy-we-ah-we-oh!" really is meaningless rambling; if we're going to have non-verbal vocals, I'd prefer to stick to simple ooh and ah sounds. The final movement, The Blue Deer, turned out to be based on The Unutterable from the soundtrack to Powaqqatsi, so it was actually familiar to me. Certainly the dramatic crescendos and powerful silences worked well in the Royal Albert Hall (despite one mobile phone incident); but my opinion on a first listening is that I would have preferred a purely instrumental version.
ETA: Improving after a second listening, with the choir less prominent in the second movement but still one or two members coming in before the beat in the final movement.