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#429643 - 07/14/18 11:59 PM 2018 BBC Proms
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Last night in London the 124th season of "The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival" opened. For 8 weeks many of the finest orchestras and performers appear for the daily concerts. The schedule is here . All are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and are available on demand for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer .

As I have in past years I'll probably bring to your attention occasionally a concert I thought was especially enjoyable. For Prom 2 the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed Faure and Mozart works in the first half and after intermission(about 1:15 in) performed the highlight work of the evening, the complete score of the gorgeous music Ravel composed for Daphnis et Chloe.
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#429646 - 07/15/18 03:31 PM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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8 weeks, wow. Thats a long festival.
I'll check it out online this evening.


Edited by brwsaw (07/15/18 03:32 PM)
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#429649 - 07/16/18 12:58 AM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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124 seasons. Double wow. I have to start listening to this.

Thanks very much for the reminders.
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#429657 - 07/16/18 11:35 PM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: bridgman]
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For Prom 4 the BBC Philharmonic played a modern clarinet concerto by Lindberg which I didn't find to be very interesting in the first half. Following intermission(about 0:57) however, the massive Shostakovich 7th Symphony("Leningrad")was performed. This was written in part during the horrendous WWII siege of Leningrad, and although not said to represent specific events there, nevertheless speculations of military and political influences are abundant(discussed to a degree by a panel during the intermission). For example, the repetitive march-like theme in the first movement is likened to the advance of the German forces toward the city.

There's much of vigor and beauty that follows, and the last couple minutes of the finale(beginning about 2:07)are quite thrilling.
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#429704 - 07/27/18 11:09 PM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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Prom 17 brought the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to London for a program that was highlighted by two quietly beautiful compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The final work in the first half(about 31:00)was his Lark Ascending, featuring beautiful solo violin passages.

The concluding work of the concert(about 1:52)was his 3rd Symphony, which despite generally peaceful passages and its title "Pastoral", in fact reflected the horror of his experiences as an ambulance driver in WWI.
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#429748 - 08/02/18 12:31 AM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales returned for Prom 24 and played a fine program throughout. After opening with a brief piece that I'd never heard before, and which was pleasant enough, the glorious Dvorak Cello Concerto(my favorite cello concerto)was performed and the cellist concluded with Bloch's "Prayer" from his "Jewish Life" as an encore.

Following intermission(at about 1:28)Strauss's massive "Ein Heldenleben"(a Hero's Life)was performed. Interestingly, the general belief is that the "hero" Strauss was celebrating musically was himself.
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#429851 - 08/16/18 02:58 AM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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Prom 44 brought The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to London for an attractive all-French program. The concert opened with Debussy's beautiful Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune, featuring flute solos. There followed Lili Boulanger's setting of Psalm 130 for chorus and orchestra.

Following intermission Debussy's Nocturnes were played and the concert concluded with Ravel's Bolero.
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#429855 - 08/17/18 01:01 AM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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#429856 - 08/17/18 02:54 AM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: 2x6spds]
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The 100-year-old Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from Geneva made its first appearance at the Proms for Prom 45 . The first half continued this year's emphasis on French music in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death. His music for the ballet "Jeux" opened the concert and was followed by an orchestrated version of Ravel's Violin Sonata. For an encore Massenet's Meditation to Thais closed the half.

After intermission the feature work of the concert was a complete performance of the original 1911 version of Stravinsky's ground-breaking "Petroushka". A piece by Ligeti was played as an encore to conclude.
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#429868 - 08/20/18 12:30 PM Re: 2018 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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