qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

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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