Proms 2018 deconstructed
Ok, Proms 2018 were announced at 7am. Let see what we god (spoiler: MEH)
Prom 1: First Night of the Proms
BBCSO with Oramo doing… The Planets???? Seriously???? One more time? Damn. So British. Of course also some RVW and a new work by a british female composer. All the cliches to be politically correct.
Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré
RPO with Francesco Piemontesi conducted by Alain Altinoglu. This is nice because we got the full Daphnis and Chloe with the full chorus singing MMMmmmMmmMm. I LIKE IT
Prom 3: BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary
Nicola Benedetti, Jennifer Pike, Nicholas Daniel, Ben Goldscheider, Alexander Bone, Jess Gillam, Freddy Kempf… Oh, this is an alumni meeting plus the BBC showcasing how nice it is. Too much ego calls for the disaster.
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 1
Calidore String Quartet and Javier Perianes doing a lunchtime recital mixing Caroline Shaw works with Schumann quintet. Well, the programme is insteresting and we have had Perianes as concert player and soloist and it would be interesting to hear him in chamber mood. Good one.
Prom 4: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony
BBC Philharmonic with its principal Juanjo Mena. Magnus Lindberg clarinet concerto it not the typical thing but c’mon, another SHOSTAKOVICH7?
Prom 5: Debussy Pélleas et Mélisande
Ah, the Glyndebourne yearly visit. Last year was OAE and this one it’s the turn for LPO. London pricks can still wear their bow ties. Semi-staged? Surtitles? WHO KNOWS.
Prom 6: An American in Paris & Turangalîla
BBCSO and Oramo doing AGAIN Turangalîla. It was like 14 months since the last time they did it at the Barbican. Such a hard work that they need to make proper profit of it. Hewitt playing An American in Paris could be the most out of context thing. With Messiaen. Damn.
Prom 7: Jacob Collier and Friends
Apparently this is about a twink with an ukulele:
Prom 8: Youthful Beginnings
BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Bertrand Chamayou and Søndergård (boooring) doing Boulanger, a boring Mendelssohn (piano concerto) and trying another version of SCHUMANN4. BOH.
Prom 9: War & Peace
World Orchestra for Peace. A gig orchestra from Solti era doing another BEETHOVEN9. Runnicles could have something to say.
Prom 10: Fauré, Franck & Widor’s Toccata
This is solo organ concert by Iveta Apkalna. How does that instrument sound?
Prom 11: Mahler Symphony of a Thousand
BBC National Chorus of Wales plus a lot of people more doing MAHLER8. That makes sense after MAHLER4 and MAHLER6 last year. Is the Wales orchestra up to the task? and Søndergård? Well…
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 2
Jean Rondeau playing harpsichord frenchies. I like this. Extra kink for guessing which look will Rondeau use this time.
Prom 12: Beethoven, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov
Ah, we love Canellakis and we love Weilerstein. Even Shostakovich cello concerto is not so typical and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances could be fun.
Prom 13: Pioneers of Sound
Late night Prom with the London Contemporary Orchestra doing electronics. Yeah, give me my shit.
Prom 14: Sibelius, Schubert & Zimmermann
BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Another SIBELIUS7 (this season by the BBCSO and LSO) but paired with Bernd Alois Zimmermann (OH YEAH!) and Liszt take on Schubert’s Wanderer. Well I Like this gig.
Prom 15: Paul Lewis plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto
This one by the BBC Philharmonic looks however quite boring with another BRAHMS2 and the always-piano-concerto.
Prom 16: Stravinsky, Debussy & Wagner
SHUT UP. Sabine Devieilhe is in town. Period. Go to see this. Even if it is with the shortest named orchestra in the world (Hallé).
Prom 17: Parry, Vaughan Williams & Holst
Just copy-pasting the title gives the most infinite boredom. But looking into the works… it’s second tier compositions by these so british guys. And not a fan of Martyn Brabbins lately, so no no no.
Prom 18: Currentzis conducts Beethoven
MusicAeterna with Teodor Currentzis doing BEETHOVEN2 and BEETHOVEN5. This could be sublime or could be horrendous. Risky and appealing. Go for it.
Prom 19: Ten Pieces Prom
Family thing. Got a family interested on this?
Prom 20: Ten Pieces Prom
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 3: Ancient Rituals and New Tales
This is the ethnic quota. Feel free to enjoy it.
Prom 21: An Alpine Symphony
And we got the Scottish into the party. Ilan Volkov. Have been there for years, hasn’t he?
Prom 22: A London Symphony
HAYDN104 and RVW2. How original for London. Isn’t it? Manze with the Scottish
Prom 23: Havana Meets Kingston
Reggae late night prom. Weed included?
Prom 24: A Hero’s Life
Because we haven’t had enough Dvořák cello concertos and Strauss Heldenleben we get this concert paired with a 8 mins work by Ethel Smyth. How generous. Welsh conducted by Tausk and Müller‐Schott playing the cello. Bo-bo-bo-ring.
Prom 25: Tchaikovsky, Glinka & Joby Talbot
A world premiere by Talbot and The Nutcracker act I. Because it’s still 6 months untils Xmas and we need more Nutcracker sugar in London. Don’t even know who is playing. Probably another BBC orchestra.
Prom 26: Late Night Serpent and Fire
Oh, baroque at late night with Il Giardino Armonico (would the fill the RAH?) and Anna Prohaska singing that is kinda cool.
Prom 27: Folk Music around Britain and Ireland
The house gig.
Prom 28: NYO perform Mussorgsky, Ligeti and Debussy
George Benjamin conducting the kids doing La mer, RavelLeft. Boh. Interesting the Ligeti and Benjamin itself tho.
Prom 29: Brandenburg Concertos Project – 1
Ok. This could be mental because Uri Caine is involved. Bach mixed with modern things. And a UK premiere by Mark-Anthony Turnage that critics should not criticize or he won’t compose anymore.
Prom 30: Brandenburg Concertos Project – 2
Second part. Different friends with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 4
Sarah Connolly sining English songs. Really? A Dame doing Dame things? BO-RING.
Prom 31: Minnesota Orchestra & Osmo Vänskä
Ah, this is a thing. Is the orchestra as good as they say? No one could tell by listening Ives Symphony No. 2 because no one knows the work that is kinda cool. And George Gershwin Piano Concerto would be… idiomatic?
Prom 32: Inside Shostakovich
This title scares me. Inside Shostakovich there were limbs. Anyway, Aurora Orchestra doing their memory thing with SHOSTAKOVICH9. Are they big enough for it?
Prom 33: Brahms’s A German Requiem
House orchestra doing a work that is performed like 40 times a year in London.
Prom 34: Barber, Britten & Copland
BBC Philharmonic with Juanjo Mena. Britten illuminations are cool. The sea Interludes are too much. Programming Barber Antony and Cleopatra was a thing 20 years ago. Copland’s Connotations for Orchestra are however cool. Good shit here.
Prom 35: New York: Sound of a City
from pagan-gospel and disco-punk to feminist rap or DIY indie. Ehhh, with an ochestra?
Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra will be touring this summer a lot of Wagner. I have serious concerns about if this repertoire fits the Finnish. But hey, Anja Kampe and Robert Dean Smith singing one act of Walküre is always a thing to hear.
Prom 37: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia & Sir Antonio Pappano
MAHLER1 and BERNSTEIN1. How original taking the 1.
Prom 38: West Side Story
Ah, we are gonna love this. Event if it is this John Wilson Orchestra.
Prom 39: West Side Story
So good it is given twice.
Prom 40: Joshua Bell & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Wait. Why do people still love Bell and the Academy? Wrong.
Prom 41: Edward Gardner conducts Elgar & Vaughan Williams
OH. Because we hadn’t Edgar cello concerto yet and he hadn’t any member of the Bevan family singing. Problem solved.
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 5
Colin Currie does his percussion thing: Xenakis and two premieres. This is good.
Prom 42: Grieg’s Piano Concerto
Estonian Festival Orchestra. Total mystery how good they are. We can expect some routine playing from Järvi tho. A Finnish, or Norwegian and an Estonian. ORIGINAL.
Prom 43: Daniel Barenboim & West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Grandpa Dani with the kids. Lisa Batiashvili plays Brahms violin concerto because we have already forgotten last year performance by Kavakos, haven’t we? But Scriabin makes this interesting and some political commissioned work about Palestine.
Prom 44: Debussy, Ravel & Boulanger
Ludovic Morlot concocts the CBSO on the most chicle programme of the year: l’après-midi d’un faune, Boléro, and Nocturnes.
Prom 45: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Jonathan Nott
We haven’t had enough Debussy so we got more here. And LPO series of Stravisnky are not good enough so we get more. Jonathan Nott appeals me zero.
Prom 46: Benjamin Grosvenor & National Youth Jazz Orchestra
So the pianist without personality moves into jazz. How come.
Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables
Ah, BBSO and Oramo doing a work by Philip Venables named Venables Plays Bartok. Yeah, without the “ó” and without Venabled actually playing. Fun?
Prom 48: Simon Rattle conducts L’enfant et les sortilèges
[I edited the original title from the proms listing to remove the Sir part] Probably one of the most interesting concerts because of L’enfant et les sortilèges. Despite the nepotism of programming the wife.
Prom 49: Chopin & Tchaikovsky
European Union Youth Orchestra with Nosada making noise in Tchaikovsky 5 and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2. Well. Well. Not a bad thing per se.
Prom 50: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto & Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
NO. ANOTHER MAHLER5 NO. PLEASE. PITY. All 5 London orchestras did it this season so we need the Scottish to come during the summer to do it one more time.
Prom 51: Strauss, Wagner & Per Nørgård
Because we had only twice this season Strauss Four Last Songs (Damrau and Kaufmann) and another one the next season (Damrau again) we need them more. Malin Byström crazyness could be so out of style in here that might even be interesting. No idea about Per Nørgård 50 mins symphony.
Prom 52: Edward Gardner & Bergen Philharmonic
SIBELIUS2 because we had it only played 2 times this season in London. Making it 3 times is going to break the number 2 metamagic.
Prom 54: Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra (I)
Oh, this is one of the visitors highlights. Problem is that we got ANOTHER MAHLER4. I am not asking the programmers to look at the last 5 years works… just the last year, for God’s sake. At least Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta has not been played yet this year.
Prom 55: Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra (II)
Brahms and violin virtuosity works. By father and son. How cute.
Prom 56: Mozart & Bruckner
Oramo (the worst concerto accompanying conductor) with the pianist the comes to do his thing (Grosvenor). I might join only for the Bruckner5.
Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein’s On the Town
But this John Wilson was not the guy with an orchestra named like him? Why is this conducting the LSO here? I am confused.
Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra
They will try to copy Bernstein tv shows. Please. Don’t.
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 7
Random US songs recital
Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
Do you known how do I relax myself?
Prom 60: Marin Alsop & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein2 and Shostakovich5. This is the groundhog day.
Prom 61: Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Rotterdam Philharmonic
Ey, Bruckner4 is a popular work that has not been played recently in the Proms! Let’s get it!. Will YNS get it romantic enough?
Prom 62: Diana Damrau sings Strauss
Wait. Have you read above about Damrau singing Striuss 4 last songs twice in london in 2 years. Well, don’t worry, these are other songs. To compensate the play Elgar In the South (hear twice this year) and Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, heard on the last proms and twice in the London Season
Prom 63: Sir András Schiff plays ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ (Book 2)
This is the second part of last year Book 1. Hey! Proms having coherence between one year and the next one!
Prom 64: Verdi Requiem
Because no one knew that ROH was playing also in 2 months. But wait. It’s Lise Davidsen. So we are in.
Prom 65: Stravinsky, Ravel & Berio
Another La Valse, another The Rite of Spring. Damn. But Bychkov doing Berio could be interesting. BBCSO as usual.
Prom 65a: Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar
What is the “a” in 65a? Why not 66? Why not just unnumbered?
Prom 66: Berlin Philharmonic & Kirill Petrenko (I)
Ahh, here is the one of big thing of the proms this year! BPO visit! With the new principal. And Schmidt4 would be nice after Schmidt2 by the BBCSO early last september. Wang playing Prokofiev P3 is also nice. Too soon after Abduraimov played with Philharmonia in March?
Prom 67: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra
And the other big orchestra visit. All for the end. Mahler3. That makes sense as he will be playing Mahler5 and Mahler1 with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig at the Southbank in October. Notice that mezzo is Susan Graham and not the ex-wife.
Prom 68: Berlin Philharmonic & Kirill Petrenko (II)
Strauss hightlights and Beethoven7. This is very berliner, so far so good.
Proms at … Cadogan Hall 8
Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker do french things. Smart move. Love it.
Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra Bernstein and Shostakovich
Nelsons doing Shostakovich4. Good.
Prom 70: Tango Prom
The Britten Sinfonia playing tangos. Real tangos. Do-do-doa. I like this.
Prom 71: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique perform Berlioz
This is a big meh because it was supposed to be a big thing with Joyce DiDonato and finally she is going to sing La mort de Cléopâtre and a couple of scenes from Les Troyans. Then Harold in Italy. Disappointing.
Prom 72: Britten’s War Requiem
Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian. Who?
Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day
The Tallis Scholars at the RAH. Not sure if you are going to hear anything.
Prom 74: Handel’s Theodora
Arcangelo with Ann Hallenberg and Iestyn Davies. And they wrote his name right with an “I”. Yeeeah.
Prom 75: Last Night of the Proms
Gerald Finley and the big name for it? Seriously? Andrew Davis comes back home but… well. Not my thing
Well, seriously now. I love the Proms and I will go to a lot of them :)