Proms 2019

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Top 10 classical music events of 2019
A great conductor took his leave at the Proms, Britten’s music triumphed on and off stage, and Rattle continued to take the LSO to new heights

Andrew Clements, Erica Jeal, Rian Evans and Tim Ashley

18, Dec, 2019 @11:36 AM

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Home listening: Leclair, Louis Couperin and back to Bach Night
Old meets new in compelling discs from Leila Schayegh and Rinaldo Alessandrini

Nicholas Kenyon

22, Sep, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Rule, Britannia!: should we still be singing the jingoistic anthem?
Queer singer Jamie Barton closed the Proms with a subversive rendition of the song, but its alliance with an anti-gay British empire leaves me queasy

Owen Jones

16, Sep, 2019 @4:11 PM

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'I thought I'd hate it': Bridget Christie on loving the Last Night of the Proms
Laura Mvula was captivating, and I cried when opera star Jamie Barton took to the stage with a rainbow flag. Shame the conductor spent the entire night with his back to us

Bridget Christie

15, Sep, 2019 @2:23 PM

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Why, this year, Last Night of the Proms will be woke | Daniel Kidane
My composition premieres tonight. It’s a recognition that classical music needs more diversity, says composer Daniel Kidane

Daniel Kidane

14, Sep, 2019 @5:00 AM

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One good outcome of British Airways pilots’ strike | Brief letters
Brief letters: Last Night of the Proms | British Airways | Brexit | Jadon Sancho | Love’s number

Letters

13, Sep, 2019 @3:55 PM

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Prom 72: Aurora Orchestra/Collon review – Berlioz as vivid to the eye as the ear
Berlioz’s music - and the man himself - is brought to colourful life in a rip-roaring performance of his Symphonie Fantastique

Erica Jeal

13, Sep, 2019 @12:20 PM

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Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood/BBCNOW /Daniel Pioro/Brunt review – challenging and intense
The Radiohead guitarist proves he’s no classical dilettante with this rigorously curated prom and the premiere of his own startling piece for strings, Horror Vacui

John Lewis

11, Sep, 2019 @1:40 PM

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BBCSO/Oramo review – Andriessen's theatrical song cycle is intimate and unnerving
Nora Fischer mixed classical, rock and jazz vocals in the UK premiere of The Only One, and conductor Sakari Oramo brought magisterial certainty to Sibelius’s 5th in the second half

Andrew Clements

09, Sep, 2019 @11:28 AM

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Prom 66: In the Name of the Earth review – gargantuan praise for the planet
Three orchestral choruses and five London choirs united to slightly muddying effect for this performance of John Luther Adams’s hymn to the world

Andrew Clements

08, Sep, 2019 @1:42 PM

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Home listening: Brahms, Schumann – and Henry Wood
Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien turn to Brahms

Stephen Pritchard

08, Sep, 2019 @6:59 AM

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The week in classical: Proms 60 & 59 review – Haitink bows out in style
With a minimum of fuss, to momentous effect, Bernard Haitink conducted his final UK concert taking risks to the last

Fiona Maddocks

07, Sep, 2019 @11:00 AM

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