Following on their spectacular evening concert was a celebration of Brazilian popular music… Retrato do Brasil – 100 years of Brazilian Popular Music Read more
Olympics over – but Brazil is in London (including the temperatures!!!!) The Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra was back again under the baton of the Chief Conductor Marin Alsop – that concert was earmarked straightaway after the Proms programme came out as I have a bit of an attachment to the Orchestra but more to that afterwards…. Read more
Yet – another full on Russian evening… you get the theme 😉 Even though Rach’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini was the piece that introduced me to Russian composers I had actually yet to hear it in a concert – well, tonight was the night! Read more
Just looking at tonight’s line up no doubt this was going to be a special night – and there was no disappointment! Simply magnificent! Read more
John Wilson and his Orchestra – one of the highlights in the Prom Schedule, no doubt about that. Read more
Thomas Dausgaard – I have a quite special relationship to him… He was the conductor at my personal inaugural Prom Concert back in 2010. Back then he was at the Hall with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra playing Rued Langgaard’s Music of the Spheres and I have a few very pleasant memories from this concert. Therefore I was very pleased to see him again on the programme. This time though he was heading up the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Read more
2 pianos, 3 harps, full percussion section, big brass and woodwind – bold orchestra presence on stage just judging by the arrangements on stage even before the concert started… Read more
Why did no one tell me about Britten’s Piano Concerto earlier?!? Such a beautiful piece of music!
But let’s start at the beginning… The BBC Philharmonic were on stage with a full on force of percussion section for the first piece of the evening – the London premiere of Alberto Ginasteras Ollantay. And what a start to the evening to meant! The South American composer is not an unknown name for me personally – I have previously heard is Estancia and I quite like his music, there is a certain charisma about his music. Based on the Incan legend of Ollantay it took you on quite a journey – and a noisy one at that! It was a beautiful mesmerising performance. Another great new discovery. Read more
Erik Satie – a name closely associated with his Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes but – at least to me – the rest remains a bit of a mystery. One one of the CDs I have his Chanson du Chat is featured and I always liked the playfulness of this particular song but never thought about delving deeper and finding more about Satie. Read more
Whilst the programme for this particular concert was not the deciding factor the orchestra was the main reason for getting this ticket.
After having seen excerpts of the Prom that the Aurora Orchestra did last year I was intrigued by the concept of playing without scores. Read more