Proms 2018

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Home listening: sensational Semiramide and pre-teen Mozart
A dazzling cast, Mark Elder and the OAE join forces in epic Rossini, while Classical Opera and the Mozartists have fun with Bastien and Bastienne

Stephen Pritchard

16, Sep, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Prom 74: Theodora review – glorious echo of Handel's cry for freedom
With Louise Alder radiantly assertive in the title role, the Arcangelo ensemble captured the austere beauty of an oratorio that speaks to our times

Tim Ashley

09, Sep, 2018 @1:24 PM

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Last Night of the Proms review – carnival silliness but music and messages lack real bite
In a hall awash with EU regalia, inflatables and oversize hats, the celebration that ends the Proms season was fun, but both the music and the banter felt oddly removed from reality

Flora Willson

09, Sep, 2018 @11:44 AM

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The week in classical: Proms 66 & 68; Paul Bunyan review – Berlin passes the baton
The enigmatic Kirill Petrenko makes a dazzling Proms debut with the Berlin Phil, while ENO takes Britten to the music hall

Fiona Maddocks

08, Sep, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Proms 66 & 68: Berlin Philharmonic/Petrenko review –superlative music making
Two Proms with its chief conductor saw the Berlin Phil playing with total assurance and ravishing refinement

Andrew Clements

03, Sep, 2018 @1:50 PM

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Prom 67: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons review - reaching for the divine
Andris Nelsons gave shape and a gathering sense of intensity to Mahler’s colossus of a symphony

Erica Jeal

03, Sep, 2018 @1:13 PM

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Prom 65a: Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar review – joyous spirit
The king of African pop and his pioneering band bring slick, infectious Senegalese rhythms to their sparkling late-night Prom

Arwa Haider

02, Sep, 2018 @2:01 PM

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The week in TV: The Great British Bake Off; Bodyguard; Jack Ryan; The Joy of Winning; BBC Proms
Sandi and Noel were back in the Bake Off tent, Keeley Hawes snogged for Britain and an exploration of game theory proved highly entertaining

Euan Ferguson

02, Sep, 2018 @4:59 AM

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Prom 62: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Petrenko review – exuberant and detailed playing
Iain Bell’s elegant Aurora – in its world premiere performance – was sung with virtuosity by Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia, and Miah Persson brought refined sensuality to Strauss

Tim Ashley

30, Aug, 2018 @12:10 PM

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Prom 61: Rotterdam Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin review - centenary celebrations see Dutch orchestra in great shape
Pianist Yefim Bronfman was a poised and eloquent soloist in Liszt, and Nézet-Séguin brought out the colours if not the drama of Bruckner’s 4th

Erica Jeal

29, Aug, 2018 @11:45 AM

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Bernstein on Broadway and Beyond review – from crème brûlée to clowns
Mezzo Wallis Giunta broke hearts with Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, while the UK premiere of Bernstein’s Conch Town was performed with panache

Tim Ashley

28, Aug, 2018 @11:28 AM

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Learning from Leonard Bernstein: our cheeky Proms love letter to a musical pioneer
Bernstein wasn’t only a maverick maestro – he brought classical music to a whole new generation with his Young People’s concerts. But have they stood the test of time?

Gerard McBurney

24, Aug, 2018 @12:38 PM

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