Here’s my hastily drawn up list of recommended list of concerts at BBC Proms 2016 (based on one cursory flick through the brochure and liable to change).
I’m not going to pick the performance apart. There’s no point. It was the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by 87 year old Bernard Haitink 50 years after his Proms debut. That’s all you really need to know. A billing that came with guarantees, and a performance which spectacularly delivered.
In the space of half-an-hour Brahms seems to capture everything and offer an alternative at the end of it. The composer is widely regarded as the greatest symphonist, and with very good reason.