Friday, July 22, 2005

Corigliano, Dutilleux and Elgar headline Proms week

After an impressive first week of the new Proms season which featured a moving Child of Our Time, and a stunning Walkure with Domingo et al the second week (starting 23rd July) has more riches. Highlights include Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, and premieres from Dutilleux and Corigliano (see illustration of John Corigliano by Carol Cleere).

Mainstream Highlights:
Elgar, Dream of Gerontius; Mark Elder conducts Halle orchestra and choir in a choral masterpiece. Sunday 24th July, 19.30h
Beethoven and Tippett;
Manchester Camerata under Douglas Boyd. Proms debut for an outstanding chamber orchestra which brought us the acclaimed Mahler-lite 4th symphony recording. Wednesday 27th July, 22.00h
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5; an all Russian programme conducted by Russion-born Vassily Sinaisly. Friday 29th July, 19.30h

New Music:
Messaen and Adams; lunchtime recital of music for violin and piano. Monday 25th July, 13.00h
Knussen and Glanert;
Oliver Knussen conducts his own Whitman settings and the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Theatrum bestiarum. Tuesday 26th July, 19.30h
Dutilleux, Correspondances;
London premiere with Sakari Oramo conducting City of Birmingham Orchestra. Wednesday 27th July, 19.00h
Corigliano, Violin Concerto
The Red Violin’; UK premiere with Joshua Bell playing and Marin Alsop conducing her Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra rather than the Baltimore refuseniks. Thursday 28th July, 19.30h

All the concerts above 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.

This is a personal, and fallible, selection of the week's concerts. 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

The Guardian are reviewing every Prom this season. Access their reviews via this link.

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