qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

"An imaginary and rather introverted place which didn't exist in the real world"

As a general rule, the vents spouting hot air outside the Albert Hall are best avoided in July and August, but they can be quite convenient in September. We evacuated the steps late in the afternoon as the rain descended, though it cleared quite quickly. I decided to take in the pre-Prom talk, a "composer portrait" of Tansy Davies, whose Tarot-inspired piece Wild Card was being premiered in the main evening concert. I wasn't all that keen on what I heard - a bit scrambled and with intrusive electronic sampling.

So I wasn't surprised not to be particularly taken with that piece, but the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek were certainly on form for the pieces either side of that, beginning with Wagner's Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and continuing in the second half with a spectacular performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. On the whole, I wouldn't score Bruckner highly for critical self-judgement; there's often a lot of lengthy repetition that can feel like padding, but this performance did bring the music to life and was thoroughly appreciated in the audience.

I stayed on for the Late Night Prom, given by Pengiun Café and Kathryn Tickell. It didn't have as much of the Northumbrian Pipes as I would have liked - though Tickell demonstrated that she is a fine fiddle player too. The use of amplifiers was unnecessary and did, I think, detract from the music in the Hall, though it doesn't come over on the iPlayer. Radio 3 presenter Catherine Bott assured us we would recognise some of the tunes, even if we hadn't expected to. She was right: I wouldn't have been able to name Music for a Found Harmonium or Telephone and Rubber Band, but they are instantly recognisable.
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