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Pictures at an Exhibition
The Proms programme was announced this week. uitlander and others may be interested to note that there's a Doctor Who prom (reprised in another concert the following morning); my advice is, book early if you want a seat, and turn up early if you want to stand.

My long-list:

  • Prom 5 - Mahler 5

  • Prom 9 - Stenhammar, Szymanowski and Strauss

  • Prom 24 - British Light Music

  • Prom 31 - Walton, Rubbra, Bruch and Korngold

  • Prom 41 - more from Sofia Gubaidulina, with Borodin, Glazunov and Mussorgsky (although it is Valery Gergiev, hardly my favourite conductor)

  • Prom 46/Prom 47 - an unusual afternoon/evening combination

  • Prom 55 - Lutosławski, Shostakovich & Panufnik

  • Prom 58 - light organ music

  • Prom 64 - Bantock, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Strauss, conducted by Ross NobleVladimir Jurowski

  • Prom 65 - film music (programme listing incomplete)

  • Prom 67 - Pärt, Britten, Berlioz and Saint-Saëns

  • Prom 68 - Tchaikovsky, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov

  • Prom 71 - Gorecki 3 will be popular

As usual, the initial glance through the listings didn't really inspire me. There's a lot of Wagner - not just the whole Ring cycle, but also Tristan, Tannhäuser and Parsifal: brilliant moments and tedious half-hours, indeed. And regrettably, with all the talk of anniversaries for Wagner, Verdi and Britten, poor old Poulenc (who died in 1963) gets the merest of nodds in one of the chamber music concerts; I was rather hoping for the Organ Concerto.

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