qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Proms 2015 long-list

Of course I skimmed through the listings when they were published on Thursday, but didn't have a chance to really digest or post about them. I seem to have assembled quite a long list. Now that I am working in London some aspects of Promming may be easier; it would be possible (if I'm not bothered about position in the Arena) to just turn up after work, though I'd still have to plan for late night finishing and parking in Reading, and in fact I do care about being towards the front in most cases. Some will probably drop out, but here are my initial thoughts:
  • Prom 6 - for one reason or another I have missed performances of Poulenc's Organ Concerto in recent years and it's a piece I'd really like to see live

  • Prom 14 - all five Prokofiev piano concerti, with a range of soloists conducted by Valery Gergiev

  • Prom 23 - Verdi's Requiem

  • Prom 25 - Moteverdi's Orfeo

  • Prom 28 - Dukas and Scriabin

  • Prom 33 - Sir John Eliot Gardiner with a period instrument performance of Beethoven 5 and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

  • Prom 38 - Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony

  • Prom 40 - Sibelius 1 & 2

  • Prom 41 - a Sherlock Holmes prom

  • Prom 42 - Sibelius 3 & 4

  • Prom 43 - Sibelius 5, 6 and 7

  • Prom 45 - the quirky Shostakovich 15

  • Prom 47 - I enjoyed the Icelandic concert last year with some of Leifs' music, so try the Organ Concerto

  • Prom 52 - Bach organ music

  • Prom 53 - some potentially interesting Bartok and Shostakovich

  • Prom 57 - Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert 9

  • Prom 58 - Sibelius' En Saga is another favourite I've missed a few times, this time paired with Kullervo

  • Prom 62 - Marin Alsop, Brahms Alto Rhapsody

  • Prom 66 - Shostakovich 8

  • Prom 68 - Yo-Yo Ma performs the Bach cello suites

  • Prom 69 - Orff's Carmina Burana

  • Prom 70 - Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade

  • and maybe Prom 76 - the Last Night of the Proms, with Marin Alsop again, at least some of the Fantasia on British Sea Songs and no Bob Chilcott

As befits an anniversary year, there's a lot of Sibelius, and the real highlights I am particularly looking forward to are the Sibelius cycle of symphonies and En Saga, as well as the Poulenc Organ Concerto and the Bach organ music recital. The guide is vague about the content of the Sherlock Holmes prom; I do hope they get some of Patrick Gowers' music (from the Jeremy Brett Granada ITV series) in there as well as that for Sherlock. Annoyingly, the online guide doesn't give estimated concert finishing times. This isn't generally a problem although it does bother me for the Yo-Yo Ma.
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