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« on: April 19, 2018, 07:45:46 am »

The program for the BBC Proms concerts in London (and broadcast on the internet) has been announced for 2018:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Is there anything you will be booking for, travelling to, bookmarking, or tuning in for?
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2018, 10:09:26 pm »

London is rather too far for me to travel to attend a concert - although I made an exception for Havergal Brian's Gothic some years ago- and I don't tend to listen to concerts on the radio given my large cd collection. I am glad to see that the Proms will feature Parry's 5th symphony and also Bernstein's 1st.

I am however certainly planning to hear the RVW Sea Symphony at the Edinburgh Festival and although not a Mahlerian the prospect of the Symphony No.8 is pretty mouth-watering.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2018, 10:53:17 am »

In the past I've made trips to London, where I was able to arrange the date of a trip I had to make anyhow with the period of 1-2 Proms. 

But when glancing through the Proms prospectus this year, nothing leapt out at me as a 'must', I have to say.  Very humdrum and 'safe' programming, performed by 'the usual suspects'.

The Proms is a festival - a chance to direct its high-end budgets at 'never-to-be-repeated' programs with exceptional performers. I'd heard they were going to do The Trojans this year - but it turns out to be only 'excerpts from'.  (Two bleeding chunks, 10 minutes and 7 minutes respectively - I wonder why they bothered?). 'Harold in Italy' must turn up twice-weekly at the South Bank - hardly 'festival' material at all.

As you say, with the almost universal availability of nearly any music you'd want on cd or internet, it requires a special 'zing' in the line-up to merit a 300-quid airfare to London these days. Robin Ticciati conducting Pelleas and Melisande - with a line-up of British soloists and an Austrian Melisande - is not, for me, even worth the tube fare to South Ken, sad to say  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 07:52:51 pm »

Had the Sibelius 7 and Zimmermann Symphony in One Movement had a more interesting coupling than Schubert choral pieces,might have been tempted.
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