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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    Pleased to see that John Wilson's prom this year is a performance of Kiss Me Kate arguably Cole Porter's greatest musical. I wonder how many of the current crop of musicals will be performed at the Proms in years to come.

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    Posted by SeptimusPlantpot (U16022797) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    This year, I will be mainly looking forward to music by The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies.

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    Posted by pandaeyes (U15971470) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    You can't say they're not catering for all tastes this year. Personally I'm looking forward to the John Wilson prom. Hope they give Richard Wagner a rest this time around.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    The Warhorse Prom should be interesting.

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    Thanks for that Phil-ap. I hope it will be shown on tv. The year there was a My Fair Lady prom it was only broadcast on the radio.

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    Posted by SeptimusPlantpot (U16022797) on Friday, 25th April 2014

    You can't say they're not catering for all tastes this year. Personally I'm looking forward to the John Wilson prom. Hope they give Richard Wagner a rest this time around.  Perhaps Wagner could do with one.

    Tradionally, Monday night was Wagner night. Tuesdays were mainly devoted to Haydn and Mozart.

    And Beethoven was on Fridays.

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/...

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    Posted by Mrs Meldrew (U16093798) on Tuesday, 8th July 2014

    This year, I will be mainly looking forward to music by The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies.  I thought you were joking until I checked the programme.

    Hope that I have read it right and they will be introducing the CBeebies to classical music.

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    Posted by SeptimusPlantpot (U16022797) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    This year, I will be mainly looking forward to music by The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies.  I thought you were joking until I checked the programme.

    Hope that I have read it right and they will be introducing the CBeebies to classical music. 
    I was joking!

    Tell me it isn't true! smiley - doh

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    Posted by banjax (U14499510) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    Apparently the War Horse Prom will be shown on television in the Autumn and the Kiss Me Kate Prom at Christmas. One to watch for is Prom 2 - with the China Philharmonic and Alison Balsom playing the UK Premier of Chen's Joie eternal. The Prom is on Saturday 19th July and will be broadcast on BBC FOUR on Sunday 27th July.

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    Posted by Mrs Meldrew (U16093798) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    This year, I will be mainly looking forward to music by The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies.  I thought you were joking until I checked the programme.

    Hope that I have read it right and they will be introducing the CBeebies to classical music. 
    I was joking!

    Tell me it isn't true! smiley - doh 
    I thought that you were joking about the Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies actually being at the Proms. I assumed that you were joking about looking forward to it.

    We're all doomed.

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    Posted by Erza Scarlett (U16043197) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    CBeebies Prom:

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/...

    And, full list:

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/...

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    Posted by C M Lockley (U14910185) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    Wagner, Haydn, Beethoven or The Pet Shop Boys, let's hope the TV broadcasts improve in standard from last year.

    CML

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    Posted by ursula minor (U14761149) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    I may have dreamt this but I could swear I heard on Radio 2 over the weekend that Earth, Wind and Fire (the band, not the elements) were taking to the Proms stage this year.

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    Posted by bounty-is-back-from-the-dead (U14258254) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    Oh boy can't wait there is so many to watch or listern to this year. Its good to see a few Proms to mark the 100 years of the beginning of WW1.

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    Posted by Erza Scarlett (U16043197) on Wednesday, 9th July 2014

    I may have dreamt this but I could swear I heard on Radio 2 over the weekend that Earth, Wind and Fire (the band, not the elements) were taking to the Proms stage this year.  Here they are:

    Proms in the Park

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/...

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    Posted by germinator hebdo (U13411914) on Friday, 18th July 2014

    Just bumping this up for Portly and meddaboy. smiley - ok

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Saturday, 19th July 2014

    This year, I will be mainly looking forward to music by The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies.  I thought you were joking until I checked the programme.

    Hope that I have read it right and they will be introducing the CBeebies to classical music. 
    I was joking!

    Tell me it isn't true! smiley - doh 
    I thought that you were joking about the Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies actually being at the Proms. I assumed that you were joking about looking forward to it.

    We're all doomed. 
    One of the main objectives of the Proms from the beginning was to popularise classical music. The Pet Shop Boys and CBeebies are firmly in this tradition.

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

    I've just received this via an e.mail from the BBC:

    Sun 27 July, 7pm
    You can watch history in the making on Sunday, with the Proms' first ever visit from the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Star soloist Alison Balsom joins the orchestra for a new trumpet concerto by Chinese composer Qigang Chen, and rising virtuoso Haochen Zhang will perform a spectacular piano concerto by Liszt.

    This Prom is followed by A Hundred Million Musicians: China's Classical Challenge at 9.15pm, with contributions from Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim and many others. 


    Oddly, it's a Prom that I won't be watching. I have nothing against the Chinese but I cannot abide Listz and I don't like Mr Bang Bang. Yes, he's flamboyant but he's not the most subtle pianist I have ever heard. Anyway, this post is for those who might be interested..

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    Posted by C M Lockley (U14910185) on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

    I may have dreamt this but I could swear I heard on Radio 2 over the weekend that Earth, Wind and Fire (the band, not the elements) were taking to the Proms stage this year.  Here they are:

    Proms in the Park

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/... 
    There has been an increasing amount of collaboration between rock and classical musicians of late. I think the issue is that "reality" TV shows are effectively dictating the direction of the music industry, and reducing the concept of "talent" .

    CML

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Thursday, 24th July 2014

    Wed's Late Night Prom on R3 was a genuine treat.
    "A Man From The Future" by the Pet Shop Boys - about Alan Turing.

    There was little poetry in Juliet Stephenson's spoken narration (a potted history of the Life) but the music was melodic and resonant.

    There were some obvious influences (Glass, Reich, Kraftwerk, "Nixon In China") but it still sounded fresh; and, of course, had a very humane message underneath the electronic pulse.

    Even if you're not a fan of PSB, give this a go.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Thursday, 24th July 2014

    I may have dreamt this but I could swear I heard on Radio 2 over the weekend that Earth, Wind and Fire (the band, not the elements) were taking to the Proms stage this year.  Here they are:

    Proms in the Park

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/... 
    There has been an increasing amount of collaboration between rock and classical musicians of late. I think the issue is that "reality" TV shows are effectively dictating the direction of the music industry, and reducing the concept of "talent" .

    CML 
    I'm not sure the public is as accepting as these music market engineering forces hope?

    A classic example is Vanessa Mae who was given saturation exposure and promotion but it would appear the public wasn't buying the package " a pouting sex goddess with electric violin, jazzin up the classics "

    She's still around and I believe she has turned her attention to a sport of some sort ? I wonder what is her motivation in life [ I do, but not very much]

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    Posted by pandaeyes (U15971470) on Friday, 25th July 2014

    Starting tomorrow at 8.25 on BBC 2, 'Proms Extra'.

    Katie Derham is joined by guests to assess the performances on offer in the coming week.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Friday, 25th July 2014

    I am thoroughly enjoying tonight's broadcast from the Proms, with one minor gripe. Danielle de Niesse is driving me up the wall. It's all far too breathless and giddy with excitement, too much of the big eyes and dazzling smile. If she'd just calm down a little bit ...

    Am I being an old curmudgeon? smiley - blush

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    Posted by DaphneMS (U16022021) on Friday, 25th July 2014

    A classic example is Vanessa Mae who was given saturation exposure and promotion but it would appear the public wasn't buying the package " a pouting sex goddess with electric violin, jazzin up the classics "

    She's still around and I believe she has turned her attention to a sport of some sort ? I wonder what is her motivation in life [ I do, but not very much] 

    She seems to have done alright for herself.
    news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/...

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Saturday, 26th July 2014

    For the first time in years I missed the First Night television presentation last week.
    (Which, oddly enough, wasn't discussed around here this time.)

    Anyways...

    I've been listening to some good stuff on the wireless over the last week - but it was nice to see it back on the telly last night.

    Amazing Dvorak Violin Concerto - and Julia Fischer is an early contender for my Solo Performance of the Season.

    (In case youse are wondering...
    Last year, that May-Day Award went to Paul Watkins for his performance of Lutoslawkski's "Cello Concerto".
    Not that Paul knows anything about this!)

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    Posted by Anignig (U13352042) on Saturday, 26th July 2014

    I agree she was very irritating.

    The Pastoral was wonderful and I'm glad to have now come acros David Zinman. But watching it, as opposed to listening on R3 I got disorientated somehow by the camera. It used, I'm sure, to move with the music and I always presumed whoever was in charge was thoroughly skilled and knew their music. But last night I kept feeling we were shown the conductor when they didn't know what was coming next or where from. And I was disappointed not to see the drummer during the storm bangs, nor was there enough of the horns. I ended up looking away.

    Still it was a great concert.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Sunday, 27th July 2014

    "Proms Extra":

    Once again, this is an enjoyable review / highlights show. Plus nice interview with Jessye Norman.

    If, like last year, they had started with a long-shot of the panel before we were introduced... I would have thought Robbie Savage was moonlighting!
    (Though, actually, Eric looks more like Sam Shepard looked in the 70s.)

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    Posted by pandaeyes (U15971470) on Sunday, 27th July 2014

    "Proms Extra":

    Once again, this is an enjoyable review / highlights show. Plus nice interview with Jessye Norman.

    If, like last year, they had started with a long-shot of the panel before we were introduced... I would have thought Robbie Savage was moonlighting!
    (Though, actually, Eric looks more like Sam Shepard looked in the 70s.) 
    I too enjoyed this, it's always good to have the opinions and thoughts of the performers, conductors and composers. Everyone thinks in a different way, and thus gives a different vision of what they perform. Yes Jessye Norman is a great interviewee.

    Alison Balsam's video diary was good too. We don't realize how much breath control goes into playing a brass instrument.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Sunday, 27th July 2014

    I am thoroughly enjoying tonight's broadcast from the Proms, with one minor gripe. Danielle de Niesse is driving me up the wall. It's all far too breathless and giddy with excitement, too much of the big eyes and dazzling smile. If she'd just calm down a little bit ...

    Am I being an old curmudgeon? smiley - blush 
    She is a wonderful singer and actress but she probably needs to tone it down a bit when presenting.

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    Posted by romeDexter (U13797654) on Monday, 28th July 2014

    Last nights Prom was a delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. With all he bad news lately it was a joy to listen to our own music (Elgar) played with great gusto by the China Philharmonic Orchestra and to follow, the sweet tones of the overture from Romeo and Juliet It shows how music can bring Countries together and music is the one thing we all ll have in common. The many encores were generous and appreciated by t. The evenings performance was joylful and exciting and she captured it admirably

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Monday, 28th July 2014

    Infuriatingly it's not being broadcast on TV (BBC4) until the 31st August but the Prom on Tuesday the 29th will be worth listening to on Radio3. This is with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the lewadership of their Austrian conductor Sascha Goetzel.

    Some of you might have heard his interview on CD Review on Saturday. In that interview he spoke of the orchestra's version of Sheherazade in which, instead of the flute, they used the Arabian "nay" (arabicmusicband.com/... and instead of the harp they used the Arabian "qanun" (qanunhichamchami.wor...

    The concert includes Balakirev's oriental fantasy "Islamey", Holst's "Beni Mora", Mozart's overture to "Die Entführung dem Serail", Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" and Respighi's "Belkis, Queen of Sheba", all of which should give them free rein for some interesting orchestration.

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    Posted by germinator hebdo (U13411914) on Monday, 28th July 2014

    Looks like Dublin's gain is Chicago's loss May.

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    Posted by C M Lockley (U14910185) on Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    Last nights Prom was a delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. With all he bad news lately it was a joy to listen to our own music (Elgar) played with great gusto by the China Philharmonic Orchestra and to follow, the sweet tones of the overture from Romeo and Juliet It shows how music can bring Countries together and music is the one thing we all ll have in common. The many encores were generous and appreciated by t. The evenings performance was joylful and exciting and she captured it admirably  I whole-heartedly agree, but it was spoilt once again by excessive magnified close-ups of musicians' fingernails, which really infuriates me . However, it was much worse in the Pastoral symphony concert. I'm back off to radio 3 (and 2 (and the other radio station which you are probably not allowed to mention here)) .

    CML

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    Last nights Prom was a delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. With all he bad news lately it was a joy to listen to our own music (Elgar) played with great gusto by the China Philharmonic Orchestra and to follow, the sweet tones of the overture from Romeo and Juliet It shows how music can bring Countries together and music is the one thing we all ll have in common. The many encores were generous and appreciated by t. The evenings performance was joylful and exciting and she captured it admirably  I whole-heartedly agree, but it was spoilt once again by excessive magnified close-ups of musicians' fingernails, which really infuriates me . However, it was much worse in the Pastoral symphony concert. I'm back off to radio 3 (and 2 (and the other radio station which you are probably not allowed to mention here)) .

    CML 
    I don't necessarily want to see fingernails per se but the fingering of instruments is quite interesting.

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    Posted by texasboy (U3061092) on Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    the fingering of instruments is quite interesting. 

    smiley - blush

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    Last nights Prom was a delight and I enjoyed every minute of it. With all he bad news lately it was a joy to listen to our own music (Elgar) played with great gusto by the China Philharmonic Orchestra and to follow, the sweet tones of the overture from Romeo and Juliet It shows how music can bring Countries together and music is the one thing we all ll have in common. The many encores were generous and appreciated by t. The evenings performance was joylful and exciting and she captured it admirably  Quite agree a wonderful prom.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

    Hi Gargleblaster,

    Yep, that was extraordinary last night.
    I'll try to say more when it turns up on telly; as you said - Sun 31st August.

    Mahler tonight...

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

    Hi Gargleblaster,

    Yep, that was extraordinary last night.
    I'll try to say more when it turns up on telly; as you said - Sun 31st August.

    Mahler tonight... 
    Frankly I was a litte disappointed, I was expecting some different orchestration along the lines of their "Sheherazade" recording and it didn't forthcome. Pity, as there was so much opportunity for it.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Friday, 1st August 2014

    who is that female presenter?? what a horrible voice..

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    Posted by Eamonn_Shute (U14223612) on Saturday, 2nd August 2014

    I enjoyed Daphnis and Chloe last night. The faked orgasms by the choir when the marriage was consummated was very tastefully done!

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Saturday, 2nd August 2014

    On a similar theme, Eamonn -

    I thought it was very sensual the way Ingrid would stroke the keys and gaze up at the Heavens!

    That Mozart piece is a delight, with its different moods and textures.

    And I loved the violinist behind Ingrid - with his Samuel Beckett hair!

    I'm saving up the Ravel for tonight.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Saturday, 9th August 2014

    I really like Proms Extra, full of interest if you have musical tastes and a nice contrast to Tumble.

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    Posted by Tom Adustus (U9467814) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I agree she was very irritating.

    The Pastoral was wonderful and I'm glad to have now come acros David Zinman. But watching it, as opposed to listening on R3 I got disorientated somehow by the camera. It used, I'm sure, to move with the music and I always presumed whoever was in charge was thoroughly skilled and knew their music. But last night I kept feeling we were shown the conductor when they didn't know what was coming next or where from. And I was disappointed not to see the drummer during the storm bangs, nor was there enough of the horns. I ended up looking away.

    Still it was a great concert. 


    Yep. Another case of BBC dumbing down.

    I stopped watching concerts on BBC TV a long time ago.

    The concerts shown on Sky Arts are done with far more understanding of the music. And they have even been broadcasting a cycle of Beethoven string quartets. When was the last time BBC TV broadcast a string quartet concert?

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    Posted by Eamonn_Shute (U14223612) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    When was the last time BBC TV broadcast a string quartet concert? 

    When was the last time BBC TV broadcast any classical concert, apart from the proms?

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    Posted by ohwhatalovelywar (U16110755) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I haven't seen very much of the proms, nearly everytime I've tuned in all I've caught is dicussions with snippets of the concerts.

    Does my memory serve me right in saying that there were more prom concerts televised in the past than there is now?.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I haven't seen very much of the proms, nearly everytime I've tuned in all I've caught is dicussions with snippets of the concerts.

    Does my memory serve me right in saying that there were more prom concerts televised in the past than there is now?. 
    Absolutely not. There are three a week on BBC4 plus Proms Extra on BBC2 with the snippets and a few others on BBC1 and 2.

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    Posted by ohwhatalovelywar (U16110755) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I haven't seen very much of the proms, nearly everytime I've tuned in all I've caught is dicussions with snippets of the concerts.

    Does my memory serve me right in saying that there were more prom concerts televised in the past than there is now?. 
    Absolutely not. There are three a week on BBC4 plus Proms Extra on BBC2 with the snippets and a few others on BBC1 and 2. 
    I've been trying to see them on catch up but have checked and think some will be broadcast later in the year.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I haven't seen very much of the proms, nearly everytime I've tuned in all I've caught is dicussions with snippets of the concerts.

    Does my memory serve me right in saying that there were more prom concerts televised in the past than there is now?. 
    Absolutely not. There are three a week on BBC4 plus Proms Extra on BBC2 with the snippets and a few others on BBC1 and 2. 
    I've been trying to see them on catch up but have checked and think some will be broadcast later in the year. 
    The schedule is here:

    www.bbc.co.uk/proms/...

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    Posted by ohwhatalovelywar (U16110755) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    Thank you.

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    Posted by deliacooks (U14151010) on Sunday, 10th August 2014

    I really like Proms Extra, full of interest if you have musical tastes and a nice contrast to Tumble.  Enjoyed last night's offering, with interesting discussions and an appearance and also a performance by the wonderful Willard White.

    A great little programme.

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