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The New Choir

It wasn’t ideal to have consecutive weekends with trips out to concerts, but that’s how it turned out. We had complimentary tickets to The New Choir‘s concert in Oxford, as R had supplied photography for the concert posters and programme. … Continue reading

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O vos insipientes mortales

I headed in to London yesterday afternoon to meet up with R, who had been to the Scythian exhibition at the British Museum. Prior to the concert we had a meal at Erebuni – a Russian/Armenian/Georgian restaurant near Barbican. I … Continue reading

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To The Memory Of A Great Man

Book Reviews: Beethoven – his life and times, by Ateş Orga; and Eroica – The First Great Romantic Symphony, by James Hamilton-Paterson Generally, I try to spread out books on a similar subject, but these two were both relatively short … Continue reading

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Completing the cycle

Two last Proms, this week, completed the season’s cycle of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos (omitting the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). On Tuesday the Oslo Philharmonic were conducted by Vasily Petrenko. They began with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite – an abridged … Continue reading

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La forza del destino

I was uncertain how popular Prom 54 would be, and I was pleased to be twelfth in the queue, although I knew this wouldn’t necessarily mean a spot on the rail. For once this summer the afternoon was pleasantly warm. … Continue reading

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Just like buses

I was surprised to find myself second in the queue for Prom 42 on Wednesday for the first of a pair of concerts featuring Saint-Saëns among others. In fact, although I had expected to recognise some of the pieces without … Continue reading

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Proms 101

I knew the Proms yesterday would be popular, with an all-Rachmaninov evening concert followed by a late-night Prom of his All-Night Vigil. Even so, I was a bit surprised that, arriving around mid-day, my raffle ticket was 101. To make … Continue reading

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