Proms 2017

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The top 10 classical shows of 2017
A magisterial Monteverdi cycle, Oliver Knussen’s adventures in haiku – and a hero’s return for Simon Rattle. Our critic picks his highlights

Andrew Clements

18, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Fatbergs, flag-waving and a fancy probiotic | Brief letters
Brief letters: Parsons Green terror attack | Last Night of the Proms | Fat in London sewers | Non-alcoholic drinks

Brief letters

15, Sep, 2017 @4:33 PM

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Who cares about Paul Hollywood dressing as a Nazi when we have Nigel Farage? | Suzanne Moore
The Bake Off star made a mistake. But Farage shows faux patriotism, complaining about EU flags at the Proms while cavorting with Germany’s far-right, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore

Suzanne Moore

11, Sep, 2017 @2:20 PM

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EU flags at Last Night of the Proms anger Farage
Former Ukip leader accuses concertgoers who waved flags of being in denial after remain campaigners hand out thousands

Robert Booth

10, Sep, 2017 @3:53 PM

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The Last Night of the Proms review – a postcard from a country that never existed
Inflatable bananas, singalongs and a sea of union jacks. But what has the ‘traditional’ closing concert of Proms season got to do with Britain today?

Aditya Chakrabortty

10, Sep, 2017 @2:25 PM

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British Youth Opera; Vienna Philharmonic/Harding; András Schiff – review
Potential opera stars seize their moment. Plus, two miraculous hours of Bach from András Schiff

Fiona Maddocks

09, Sep, 2017 @8:15 AM

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VPO/Harding review – Mahler given violence, lyricism and uneasy beauty
Daniel Harding’s interpretation of Mahler’s Sixth darkened ominously as it went, with a final plunge into despair that was disquieting in the extreme

Tim Ashley

08, Sep, 2017 @11:34 AM

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Open Ear Prom review – exploring the concepts behind conceptual music
This late-night offering was full of ideas – including giving the building its own musical voice – and challenges

Erica Jeal

07, Sep, 2017 @1:44 PM

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BBCSO/Canellakis review – Mazzoli and Denk find their messages blurred
The shifting layers of Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia were somewhat lost amid the Albert Hall’s acoustics, while Jeremy Denk’s virtuosity in Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto suffered similarly

Andrew Clements

06, Sep, 2017 @1:14 PM

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Proms 64 and 66 review – the Royal Concertgebouw makes rousing Albert Hall return
Led by Daniele Gatti, the orchestra’s buoyant, effortlessly flexible playing was a constant delight in a programme of Bruckner, Mahler and Rihm

Andrew Clements

03, Sep, 2017 @3:41 PM

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Into the classical music bear-pit: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms
Growing up in North Kensington Alan Johnson used to play around the Albert Hall but never went inside. 60 years later we sent the former home secretary along to experience the Proms for the first time. What did he make of it?

Alan Johnson

03, Sep, 2017 @2:00 PM

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We should all applaud the pre-booked Proms | Letters
Letters: Keen Promenader Lee McLernon says the sale of pre-booked tickets to unreserved standing areas has opened up the Proms to new audiences


31, Aug, 2017 @6:33 PM

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