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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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Our Friends in the North

I made it to the rail for the first time this season, and had an excellent view of the concert. For Prom 33, the BBC Philharmonic were conducted by John Storgårds in a mixed programme, with a Nordic first half … Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

After obtaining raffle tickets for Prom 29, yesterday we adjourned to the Natural History Museum, swapping one queue for another. At least the queue on the Queen’s Gate side of the NHM moved quite quickly. It’s several years since I … Continue reading

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