I'm planning to try and get tickets for a Proms concert this month. I'd be interested to read which one of the two I can go to you would choose, preferably with some explanation of what it is about the programme that you would recommend to me. I'm looking for more than mere exhortation from the usual fans (you might see what I mean when you see the choice!)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons:
Glinka (Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla);
Emily Howard (Calculus of the Nervous System - 1st UK performance);
Shostakovich (Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad')
Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle:
Wagner Prelude, Act 1: Lohengrin
Sibelius Symphony No. 4
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe
Whilst I've never heard any of this in concert before, I'm familiar with the Ligeti, Shostakovich and Glinka. Should I pick what I'm familiar with? Or go for something I've never heard? Should I automatically pick the brand new Howard, just because it's a premiere? If I'm not familiar with it, should I try to listen to it before I go, or come to it fresh?
Last, the concerts are at the Royal Albert Hall - where should I sit? (or stand).
[PS - The Rattle seems to be sold out, but I might be able to get a standing ticket]