BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 26: BBC Philharmonic. John Storgårds conducts Gerald Barry’s Kafka’s Earplugs & Sibelius’s First Symphony, with James Ehnes playing Walton’s Violin Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 26: BBC Philharmonic. John Storgårds conducts Gerald Barry’s Kafka’s Earplugs & Sibelius’s First Symphony, with James Ehnes playing Walton’s Violin Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

Photo, Mark Allan Thursday, August 3, 2023 Royal Albert Hall, London Imagine what Franz Kafka heard when he had earplugs in (a regular adornment) to reduce the noise of the outside world, which he hated, however everyday. Gerald Barry does the deed in the...
BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 24: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Kirill Karabits conducts Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony & Ivan Karabits’s A Musical Gift to Kyiv, with Felix Klieser playing Mozart’s Horn Concerto K495. Live on BBC Radio 3.

BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 24: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Kirill Karabits conducts Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony & Ivan Karabits’s A Musical Gift to Kyiv, with Felix Klieser playing Mozart’s Horn Concerto K495. Live on BBC Radio 3.

Photo, Mark Allan Wednesday, August 2, 2023 Royal Albert Hall, London Kirill Karabits conducted Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony during BBC Proms 2011, a disappointing performance beset by balance problems and an arm’s-length approach by the conductor....
BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 22: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Ryan Bancroft conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 22: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Ryan Bancroft conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

Photo, Yusef Bastawy Tuesday, August 1, 2023 Royal Albert Hall, London This short-measure concert, conspicuously lacking some sort of overture (how about Glinka’s to Ruslan and Ludmila?), started coldly with the most-performed of Prokofiev’s five Piano Concertos. The...
BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 20: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Gustavo Gimeno conducts Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo score and Prokofiev’s Third Symphony, with Vadim Gluzman playing Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

BBC Proms 2023 – Prom 20: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Gustavo Gimeno conducts Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo score and Prokofiev’s Third Symphony, with Vadim Gluzman playing Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Live on BBC Radio 3.

Photo, Chris Christodoulou Sunday, July 30, 2023 Royal Albert Hall, London Prokofiev’s Third Symphony is one of his very greatest works, as is The Fiery Angel, an opera not staged during the composer’s lifetime, hence him rescuing some terrific music for...