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Initial Thoughts

Too much Beethoven again..no doubt all will be programmed on BBC again too
Messiaen's Turangalila yay!
Complete Sibelius yay!
Still no Mahler 8 :(
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Initial Thoughts

Too much Beethoven again..no doubt all will be programmed on BBC again too
Messiaen's Turangalila yay!
Complete Sibelius yay!
Still no Mahler 8 :(
But I couldn't pass up Eroica, when Yuja's on the bill. ;)

My prefs...

Prom 23 (Aug. 2) - Verdi Requiem w. Runnicles et al

Prom 24 (Aug. 3) - Mahler 5, w. Runnicles

Prom 28 (Aug. 6) - Scriabin, etc. w. Knussen

Prom 49 (Aug. 22) - Mahler 6, w. Nelsons

Prom 51 (Aug. 23) - Shostakovich 10, w. Nelsons

Prom 53 (Aug. 24) - Bartok/Shostakovich, w. Salonen

Prom 55 (Aug. 26) - Boulez/Bartok/Ligeti, w. Roth

Prom Sat, Aug 29) - Boulez, w. T. Fischer

Prom 60 (Aug. 30) - Mahler 1, w. MTT

Prom 61 (Aug. 31) - LvB 3, Bartok PC2 Yuja Wang/SFS/MTT

Prom 66 (Sep. 4) - Shostakovich 8, w. Jurowski

Prom 73 (Sep. 10) - Brahms 3, w. VPO/Bychkov
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Is anyone thinking of going?

I'll hopefully be attending at least one. I liked the look of Prom 63:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/endc8g

Messiaen Hymne
Mozart #27
Bruckner #7

btw -- I saw Runnicles at last year's Proms doing Mahler 9. I'd recommend him for either of the concerts he's doing this year. The man be good. :tiphat:

Also, I don't get the Prom that Gergiev is doing this year, where he does all the Prokofiev piano concerti in one night with 3 pianists. Yes, pretty original, but probably yes, pretty dull. I thought Gergiev was better than that.
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Prom 70 St Petersburg Phiharmonicl :)
Temirkanov & Lugansky play Rachmaninov and RImsky Korsokov. Heard them playing last autumn and it was just amazing. Shame they're not playing Shostakovich again but you can't have everything!! :)
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I've never heard Nelsons do Beethoven so I will see his Beethoven 9. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe prom looks a good one. The two Vienna Phil concerts look interesting and in particular it will be intriguing to find out how the Viennese take to The Dream of Gerontius.

I'd just wish that they would announce the season earlier.
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Do any of you know of a good YouTube channel or two that has recordings of past Proms concerts in full? Usually, I will find somebody with one or two, or I will just happen upon one of those videos in an unrelated search.
:D Booked my ticket in 21 minutes this morning having got into the online queue in 4 minutes. A huge improvement on 2013 which took me 2 hours! :eek:
Booked prom 70. St Petersburg Phil :D
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Do any of you know of a good YouTube channel or two that has recordings of past Proms concerts in full? Usually, I will find somebody with one or two, or I will just happen upon one of those videos in an unrelated search.
Not a channel, but if you simply put "bbc proms" into youtube you will find an enormous range of full-length content.
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:D Booked my ticket in 21 minutes this morning having got into the online queue in 4 minutes. A huge improvement on 2013 which took me 2 hours! :eek:
Booked prom 70. St Petersburg Phil :D
Nice one, that's a great program!

I'm still a little undecided, but I guess I'll have to make my mind up quickly!

edit: I just went into "buy tickets" for a random concert as a test, and I got -- "You are no. 5436 in the queue". :D
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I was 940something but it didn't take long. It goes down quickly.
Not much of interest for vocal enthusiasts, as is usually the case. Dick and Dom are probably the most interesting act on the bill :)- although my son says they aren't funny any more. Nice to see some free family events though- we went to a world music (?) one in Hyde Park a few years ago (2009?) and it was great.
Not much of interest for vocal enthusiasts, as is usually the case.
Really? I scanned over the first 25 proms again just now:

Prom 1: Walton, Belshazzar's Feast
Prom 6: Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms
Prom 10: Beethoven Choral Fantasy + Schoenberg, Friede auf Erden
Prom 17: Vaughan Williams, Sancta Civitas
Prom 20: Bruckner, Mass No. 3
Prom 23: Verdi, Requiem
Prom 25: Monterverdi, Orfeo

That's not including a fair more shorter works, and other concerts like Beethoven's 9th or Bryn Terfel in Fiddler on the Roof! (lol)
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Really? I scanned over the first 25 proms again just now:

Prom 1: Walton, Belshazzar's Feast
Prom 6: Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms
Prom 10: Beethoven Choral Fantasy + Schoenberg, Friede auf Erden
Prom 17: Vaughan Williams, Sancta Civitas
Prom 20: Bruckner, Mass No. 3
Prom 23: Verdi, Requiem
Prom 25: Monterverdi, Orfeo

That's not including a fair more shorter works, and other concerts like Beethoven's 9th or Bryn Terfel in Fiddler on the Roof! (lol)
Not bad for repertoire, but not so much in the way of star names. Terfel is a big enough name it's true, but Fiddler on the Roof- lol indeed! And Kaufmann in the Last Night- well, that's nice for his fans I suppose, but the Last Night of the Proms is what it is...
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Not bad for repertoire, but not so much in the way of star names.
"Star names" is Hollywood speak, darling.

i) Star names all have to start somewhere, and unrecognised at that
ii) those who have become star names are not necessarily "the best" or deserving of such recognition
iii) repertoire takes precedence over performers anyway

:tiphat:
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"Star names" is Hollywood speak, darling.

i) Star names all have to start somewhere, and unrecognised at that
ii) those who have become star names are not necessarily "the best" or deserving of such recognition
iii) repertoire takes precedence over performers anyway

:tiphat:
And 'stars' do have the nasty habit of turning into Black Holes.
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"Star names" is Hollywood speak, darling.

i) Star names all have to start somewhere, and unrecognised at that
ii) those who have become star names are not necessarily "the best" or deserving of such recognition
Agreed.
iii) repertoire takes precedence over performers anyway

:tiphat:
Not for me! Nor probably for you, if/ when you ever get into opera and song.
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The one I booked was one of those which sold out the first day. 7th September. The ticket was more expensive than last time by some margin. They knew this would be a popular concert no matter what the price.
If you live in London then you can afford to take the risk and queue for the cheap options. I did opt for a loggia box though. Guaranteed a great view and I'll take my own drink this time - easy in a loggia box! Last time I paid £8 for a drink! I can use the money I saved on the drink and get a good seat!!
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