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    As the title suggests, what is the best single Proms performance you have witnessed live, watched on the TV, listened to on the radio or heard from a recorded BBC CD?

    PS. Hope this thread hadn't been done before.

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    Watched on TV, 18/08/17.
    Philip Glass/Ravi Shankar ‘Passages’ with Anoushka Shankar. Wonderful, both aurally and visually! Unfortunately all but a small section now removed from YouTube.

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    Live, think you can all guess.

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    Joshua Bell

    First time been to proms and the whole experience was amazing

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    The one for me is without doubt the Busoni piano concerto with Donohoe and Elder (1988) , later released by EMI:

    https://www.amazon.com/Busoni-Piano-.../dp/B00000DNN8
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    Two for me - the first, Fabio Luisi conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a glorious performance of Richard Strauss's 'An Alpine Symphony'. Luckily, there remains a video record of this, so judge for yourself. Unfortunately, I was not lucky enough to be there.



    The second, for which I was lucky enough to be in attendance, was Semyon Bychkov conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a wonderful performance of one of my favourite symphonies, Franz Schmidt's Second. Unfortunately, there is no public audio or video recording of this, as far as I am aware, although the same ensemble has released a subsequent studio recording.

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    I would have loved to have been at both these Prom performances by Suk. Both great accounts of the Beethoven and Dvorak violin Concertos. Stunning!
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    My favourite ever Proms performance?

    1 September 1965.

    BBC Symphony Orchestra under Malcolm Sargent ... well ... the whole concert.

    It started with Walton's Gloria followed by Elgar's Cello Concerto with Jacqueline Du Pre. The first half ended with The Hymn of Jesus by Holst. After the interval we had more Elgar - the second symphony.

    The evening is seared into my memory.
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