The opening work was a premiere of the late Sir John Tavener's short work Gnosis for voice, flute and orchestra. It was certainly in keeping with his general style - both intense and austere at the same time - and I enjoyed it. Sarah Connolly was the mezzo-soprano and Michael Cox was the flautist.
I have to admit that the more Bartók I hear, the more I like, although I don't think he will ever be one of my favourite composers. Isabelle Faust joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the Violin Concerto No. 2 (up until recently, the programme informed us, known simply as the Violin Concerto; an earlier work had fallen into obscurity). It was a sparkling and energetic performance. She gave us a more contemplative encore, the Sarabande from Bach's Partita in D minor.
For the second half of the concert, an old favourite: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10. It may not seem such good value to go and see a work again and again, but it's always interesting to hear the quirks in each performance. The woodwind were occasionally wobbly and Jiří Bělohlávek's tempi had some interesting speed-ups, but overall it was a splendid performance.
I wrestled over whether to stay for the Pet Shop Boys Prom, but in the end I decided the scheduled end time of 11:40 didn't leave enough to spare in the event of any over-run, so I'll be catching up with that on iPlayer in the next few days.