Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Child of Our Time launches BBC Proms webcasts

The BBC Proms start this Friday, 15th July, and there is a dazzling line-up of mainstream, new and early music over the summer. All the concerts are being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, and are available as live web casts. Many of them are also available for seven days after broadcast on the BBC Listen Again service but some aren’t. Check BBC listings for which are available via ‘listen again’ but as a rule of thumb high profile orchestras and artists are usually too expensive for the BBC to buy repeat broadcast rights.

Each week on an overgrown path will be publishing a guide to highlights from the coming week’s programme. This is a personal, and fallible, selection. The full weeks programmes are available through this link. Concerts start dates are given in British Summer Time using 24 hour clock (19.00h = 7.00pm) Convert these timings to your local time zone using this link.

Mainstream Highlights:
Tippett, A Child of Our Time. Sir Roger Norrington conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Coming just eight days after the London terrorist atrocities, and given Tippett’s pacifism (for which he was imprisoned) this is going to be a very moving evening. Friday 15th July – 19.00h
Gilbert & Sulivan, HMS Pinafore. And now for something completely different with G & S specialist Sir Charles Mackerras conducting. Saturday 16th July, 19.30h.
Wagner, Walkure. Domingo as Siegmund, Terfel as Wotan, and above all Waltraud Meier as a fantastic Sieglinde. Antonio Pappano’s interpretation matures as his love affair with the TV camera diminishes. Unmissable. Monday 18th July, 17.00h.
Mahler Symphony No. 5, Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Philharmonia Orchestra. Can he produce a memorable performance of this symphonic war-horse? Friday 22nd July, 19.30h

New Music:
Michael Berkeley, Concerto for Orchestra, world premiere. Tueday 19th July, 19.00h
Thea Musgrave, Turbulent Landscapes, London premiere. Wednesday 20th July, 19.00h. James MacMillan, A Scotch Bestiary, London premiere. Thursday 21st July, 19.30h

Early Music:
Purcell
, The Fairy Queen. Gabrielli Consort with Paul McCreesh. Sunday 17th July, 18.30h.
Haydn, Missa in angustiis (Nelson Mass). Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrate Nelson’s two hundredth anniversary. Wednesday 20th July, 22.15h

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