Tag Archive: BBC Proms

Sep 08

Bach solo Partita in D minor: Alina Ibragimova at the 2015 Proms

This was quite extraordinary; transcending time and space, intimate music speaking on a global scale, part of a complete survey of the Bach solo Partitas over the course of two concerts at this year’s BBC Proms. Lithe, effortless music, played with breath-taking skill, total commitment and a profound connection to the piece by Alina Ibragimova, Bach draws …

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Sep 06

No Sound Resounding: sixty years of 4’33”

It’s almost hard to believe that this year is not just the centenary of Cage’s birth, but also the sixtieth anniversary of Cage’s noiseless yet sound-rich, notorious masterpiece, 4’ 33’’. Premièred by David Tudor on August 29 in 1952, the piece has gone on to cause controversy wherever and whenever it continues to be performed. …

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Aug 31

A feast of Fitkin on Radio 3

For all the Fitkin fans amongst us, there’s a veritable Fitkin-fest on Radio 3 this week. From Monday, and on iPlayer until next Monday, there’s the chance to hear the London premiere of L, written as a present for and here also performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Then from Tuesday (also on iPlayer for a …

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Aug 30

Handel opera hero provides tough choices on Prom date

Be My Guest: an occasional series featuring guest posts and contributions. This week, for one former musical alumnus, going to a performance of Handel’s Rinaldo at this year’s Proms raises some serious questions about which man she wants in her life… — Remember how I went out with N.? How it was all lovely and …

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Feb 07

Putting the fine in undefinable: the music of Graham Fitkin

Graham Fitkin‘s music first attracted my attention in 1998, when I came across an SPNM sampler disc containing a tantalising segment of Cud and a complete performance of Hook which all but took my head off. That was enough: bam, I was, well…hooked. I think I had those two pieces on the disc on repeat for the best …

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Aug 22

The Piano Illusion: two Prom concerts

The two Proms from Friday night both employed the piano not as a percussion instrument, but as a weaver of illusions. In the first concert, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gave a dazzling performance of Ravel’s often brooding Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, written between 1929-30, in which the piano part is so carefully constructed that, if …

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Aug 01

Not so singing and dancing at the Prom?

There’s been some discussion amongst friends and acquaintances since last night’s Prom celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s eightieth birthday, which was also broadcast on BBC2. Much debate has centred upon Dame Judi Dench’s performance of Send in the Clowns (which, for my money, is the piece which would alone guarantee Sondheim’s place amongst Song-Writing Immortals, even if he hadn’t …

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Jul 07

Full of Prom-ise: BBC Proms archive goes on-line

Sir Henry Wood

Ahhhh: with only a week to go until the BBC Proms season begins, it’s time to start getting excited. With every concert broadcast on Radio 3, and some of them televised on BBC4 (mainly) and BBC2, it’s possible to enjoy Prom season even if you’re not living in, or planning to go to, London. If …

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Apr 22

The BBC Proms guide 2010.

The guide to the BBC Proms season is now available on-line here. Of note: John Adams, James Macmillan, Jonathan Dove, Graham Fitkin, Jonathan Harvey, Gabriel Jackson, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Judith Weir all have works being performed. And, of course, each concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3. What’s your favourite …

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