Sunday, July 27, 2008

A few Proms

George asks for my personal pick of the Proms.

As it happens, I can't go to most of the ones I'd like to hear because of other commitments, and will probably not attend most of the others because I've put my back out and sitting/standing through long hot concerts does it no good. What follows is a Top Ten of the few must-hears that I would hear if I could.

1. Messiaen: St Francis of Assisi - 7 September, 4pm (until 10pm!). A rare chance to hear Messiaen's only opera in a complete concert performance.

2. Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - 14 August, 7pm & 10.15pm

3. Our Tasmin plays Ethyl Smyth, with the BBC Scottish SO conducted by Stefan Solyom, and the programme ends with the Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 - 4 August, 7.30pm.

4. Pierre Boulez conducts an all-Janacek programme including the Glagolitic Mass - 15 August, 7.30pm

5. Bach: St John Passion starring Mark Padmore as the Evangelist, John Eliot Gardiner conducts - 24 August, 7pm. And don't miss Jian Wang playing 3 Bach cello suites in the late Prom the same day - he is a glorious musician and the cello world's best-kept secret.

6. Gergiev conducts the LSO in the complete Sleeping Beauty ballet music - 20 August, 7pm.

7. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Gothenburg SO) - 13 August, 7.30pm.

8. Nikolaj Znaider plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis - 1 September, 7pm.

9. Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Phil in Messiaen Turangalila with Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tristan Murail on piano & ondes respectively - 2 September, 7.30pm.

10. Murray Perahia appears in a Prom for the first time in 20 years - Mozart C minor concerto K491, with Chicago SO & Haitink, 9 September.

Plus, of course, the LPO & Vlad in Rimsky-Korsakov & Stravinsky's fairy tales of the wizard Kashchey on 5 September. And Nigel Kennedy's Elgar, which has been & gone (missed it, had gig in Cheltenham that night).

There are plenty more, but you can visit the website for those.