Last night's late Prom was just sensational. From the opening plainchant Te Deum with the singers processing through the promenaders to the closing bars of Arvo Pärt's Dopo la vittoria this was live music making of the highest order. The singing of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier and the organ playing of Christopher Bowers-Broadbent in Pärt's wonderful Trivium underlined that Music-like-water, MP3's, CD's and all those other fantastic technologies are just adjuncts. The only way to hear great music is live, and we must fight tooth and nail to make sure that live music is available, and appreciated, by coming generations.
The Estonian choir's concert is going to be a very hard act to follow, but there are lots of tempting things in next week's Proms schedule. Early music gets another welcome hike in profile with William Christie conducting a fine cast and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne Chorus in Handel's Julius Caesar (Tuesday 23rd). New music highlight is the UK premiere of the Boston Symphony's commission from Sofia Gubaidulina (Saturday 20th August).
My Prom of the week though is Sir John Elliot Gardiner conducting the European Union Youth Orchestra on Wednesday 24th August. In the first half Ravel's Sheherazade is sung by my pictured artist the wonderful Argentinian soprano Bernada Fink (just to show no hard feelings after my Musicians and terrorism post). The second half is Walton's red-blooded Symphony No 1. I am really looking forward to hearing the young players getting their teeth into that gutsy work.
Beethoven, Symphony No 9; Kurt Masur conducts London Philharmonic. Saturday 20th August, 19.30h
Walton Symphony No 1; Sir John Elliot Gardiner conducts European Union Youth Orchestra. Wednesday 24th August, 19.00h
Liszt, Faust Symphony; rare occasion to hear this work. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Friday 26th August, 19.30h
Gubaidulina, The Light of the End; UK premiere of work for large forces. Saturday 20th August, 19.30h
Tippett, Piano Sonata No 3; Paul Crossley plays. Monday 22nd August, 13.00h
Hayes, Strip; world premiere from young British composer. Thursday 25th August, 19.30h
Handel, Julius Caesar; Glyndebourne Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie. Tuesday 23rd August, 18.00h.
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.
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