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BBC Proms: Live Blog

That’s right. A live blog spanning 92 concerts for the entire BBC Proms 2015.

It’s not official but it is lovely, obviously.

Wigmore Hall director’s battle cry for the song recital

It’s a little old now, but it’s worth flagging that Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly wrote in Classical Music Magazine in early August defending of the song recital, a key part of the London venue’s programming.  “It is simply not good enough to accept that the song recital is an endangered species and wait for…

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2015 Gramophone Awards shortlist announced today

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Abbado’s Bruckner 9 in line for the coveted Recording of the Year Award announced on September 17.

Being in the Proms audience

Three things online tackle a subject often visited around this time of year, every year: concert audience behaviour and its effect on newcomers.  Jonathan McAloon writing in the Telegraph on Tuesday, had an interesting idea for making newcomers to the Proms: “There needs to be an incentive for new audience members to take seats in…

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Haken Hardenberger. Ultra cool.

Philharmonia Orchestra 2015/16 Håkan Hardenberger Series

The Philharmonia Orchestra have announced details of Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger’s series of concerts with the orchestra, The Trumpet Shall Sound.

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Trialling Medici.TV and the Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall

A user’s perspective of two of the most well-known international video-on-demand classical music streaming services.

New York Times: The importance of the BBC Proms ‘as austerity looms’

Nice to see the BBC Proms written about in the UK. A reminder of the festival’s global reach. Always good when international journos remind us what’s important.

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Andris Nelsons extends contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nice work Boston Symphony Orchestra. I’ve not been to Boston, ever. Nor Tanglewood. But maybe now I know you’ve secured the marvellous Andris Nelsons until your 2021/22 season then I might line up a visit.

BBC Proms 2015: Prom 22 – Pastoral Symphony / Brett Dean / Aurora Orchestra

Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony – the London premiere of the work – was an expansive soundscape combining live orchestra and recorded sound effects.

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How the Radio 1 Ibiza Prom celebrated, validated and re-acquainted

I’ve always hated dance music. How did Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom change my view?

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Jan Lisiecki in Verbier talks eggs, performance practice and the BBC Proms

In an interview during the 2015 Verbier Festival, pianist Jan Lisiecki recalls his experience playing at the BBC Proms in 2013.

Like my other interviews over the past few days, I started Jan’s with the customary ‘what did you have for breakfast?’ question. This unexpectedly caused a titter of recognition. It appears everyone the world over is familiar with the technique. How very disappointing.

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Verbier 2015: Daniil Trifonov / Liszt Transcendental Etudes

Daniil Trifonov didn’t dissapoint at Verbier this evening: his piano recital at the Salle de Combins was epic.

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Verbier 2015: Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos’ programme featured sonatas by Mozart, Schumann and Bartok accompanied by Ferenc Rados who hummed along just a little too much.

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Verbier 2015: Edgar Moreau

Cellist Edgar Morreau delights his Verbier recital audience with a programme of Brahms, Poulenc, Schumann and Chopin.

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Daniil Trifonov in Verbier talks BBC Proms, Prokofiev and Glazunov

I spent some time with pianist Daniil Trifonov first thing this morning. He’s here at the Verbier Festival regular (the delights of which I’m currently sampling). One of his concerts was last night in which he played one of the three pianos in Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos with Daniel Matsuev and – making a…

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Philharmonia Managing Director David Whelton set to retire

David Whelton, managing director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, is to retire after 29 years running the London orchestra.

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