After all the Gustavo Dudamel controversy last week it is back to business as normal for the BBC Proms next week. Concerts by Sir Colin Davis don't need to be talked up by the media. Fellow blogger David Read says it all in his story Sir Colin versus charisma. Friday 19th September is a 'classic' Davis programme, Tippett Symphony No 4 and Beethoven Eroica, cherish it.
It is also good to welcome antipodean visitors, listen out for Douglas Lilburn's 1961 Symphony No 3 on Thursday 18th played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is a very underrated composer who deserves a wider audience.
The new music feast continues. Highlight is the world premiere of Marc-Andre Dalbavie's Piano Concerto played by Leif Ove Andsnes. This is a BBC co-commission with the Cleveland and Chicago orchestras, so we should be hearing a lot more of it.
This Proms season has been a pretty lean one for early music. But Wednesday 17th August brings a late night (22.00h BST start) concert with Paul Hillier directing the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (see photo) in music by Perotin (see Raindrops are falling on my chant) and Arvo Pärt. This should be a real delight as it the main works are interspersed with medieval French and English motets and monody, it gets my vote for the Prom of the week.
Mahler, Symphony No 1; Daniel Barenboim conducts bridge building West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Sunday 14th August, 18.30h
Tchaikovsky, Iolantha (concert performance); Vassily Sinaisky conducts rare performace of composer’s final, fairy-tale opera. Monday 15th August, 19.30h
Lilburn, Symphony No 3; James Judd conducts New Zealand Symphony in work by their compatriot. Thursday 18th August, 1930h
Tippett, Symphony No 4; Sir Colin Davis conducts, followed by Beethoven – unmissable. Friday 19th August, 19.00h
Komarova, Tanze mit verbudenen Augen; lunchtime world premiere of solo piano work. Monday 15th August, 13.00h
Dalbavie, Piano Concerto; world premiere played by Leif Ove Andsnes. Tuesday 16th August, 19.30h
Berg, Lulu Suite;Christine Schafer sings the seductivr heroine. Wednesday 17th August, 19.00h
MacRae, Hamartia (Cello concerto); London premiere played by Li-Wei, Friday 19th August, 22.00h
Perotin and plainchant; late night concert with Paul Hillier directing Estonian Chamber Choir. Plus Arvo Part. A high-spot in a pretty thin Proms season for early music. Wednesday 17th August, 22.00h
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.
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
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