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Old 12-07-2013, 20:14
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Another season of the Proms has now begun (how time flies!).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Is anyone watching/listening?
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:36
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Another season of the Proms has now begun (how time flies!).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Is anyone watching/listening?
Superb atmospheric and dramatic rendition of Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Sitting watching/listening to HD with the French windows open and a long cool one to hand. Even though I'm completely landlocked I swear I can hear the sea!

A bit of crowd pleasing Rachmaninov and VW to finish.... bliss.
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:37
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Yes! Britten great, Rachmaninov's Paganini variations on now, yum! - unfortunately I missed the first thing, maybe I'll iplayer it later.
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:40
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It has been wonderful so far, and I agree with you both.

I love Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Gorgeous.
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:42
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:49
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I can see you at the piano.

What is that instrument - I always think it's a piccolo but it isn't.
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:51
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Awwww I love this part!

*turns up TV very loudly*

This is beautiful!
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:53
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It has been wonderful so far, and I agree with you both.

I love Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Gorgeous.
Why did they start the new season with a new piece and the BB stuff ?


I gave it a try LIVE but couldn't stand more than a few minutes , I then tried again with the BB segment but again the noise just left me cold . Surely they should have started with some well known melodic stuff ??

How many people will have just turned over as I did ??
Luckily I recorded it and will fast forward it through to the good bits you referred to above .
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:55
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Looked through the prog. A few stand-outs for me

Saint-Saens Organ Symphony on 1 Sep - yes!
14 July The Rite of Spring
Good old Rach 2 16 Jul; on telly 19 Jul
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:57
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Why did they start the new season with a new piece and the BB stuff ?


I gave it a try LIVE but couldn't stand more than a few minutes , I then tried again with the BB segment but again the noise just left me cold . Surely they should have started with some well known melodic stuff ??

How many people will have just turned over as I did ??
Luckily I recorded it and will fast forward it through to the good bits you referred to above .
The first one was only on for 4 minutes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2013/july-12/14554

You'll have missed Benjamin Britten, and Rachmaninov too? It's been fabulous so far.

Edit: oops sorry i see you did mention Benjamin Britten.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:00
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BRAVO! Bravo!

Such a crowd there for the opening night.

I'd love to go to the Royal Albert Hall.

Has anyone been?
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:01
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The first one was only on for 4 minutes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2013/july-12/14554

You'll have missed Benjamin Britten, and Rachmaninov too? It's been fabulous so far.

Edit: oops sorry i see you did mention Benjamin Britten.
Na I tried Benjamin , fast forwarded through bits of it but it did nothing for me at all.

Loving the Paganini piece now ..... Incidentally , if the pianist can play this piece from memory why can't the orchestra ??
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:02
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Has anyone seen a Google Calendar with all Proms concerts on?
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:03
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Has anyone seen a Google Calendar with all Proms concerts on?
I haven't seen a google one but the BBC has one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:21
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Blimey, look at the size of the choir!
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:25
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I love the Proms. The last remaining outpost of empire. Heaven for a colonialist like me.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:26
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I love the Proms. The last remaining outpost of empire. Heaven for a colonialist like me.
How do you feel about the two upcoming Dr Who Proms ??

For myself , I hate the idea and won't be watching them .
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:28
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Blimey, look at the size of the choir!
There must be well over 400 0f them!

Imagine what it sounds like inside the venue.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:32
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Shame that following the demise of the BBC HD channel, this is one of the very few concerts we'll get in HD and 5.1 sound this season.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:33
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There seems to be a bit of a Wagner overdose this year..

and absolutely no Faure
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:34
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I see on the events calendar that Gorecki's 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' will be on.

I'll need my box of tissues handy for that one. Is there a more heart-tugging symphony than that one? I recorded a documentary about it but could only watch it the once because it was so heartbreakingly sad. At the same time, it is a beautiful piece of music, though.

I'm looking forward to Mahler - especially his Symphony no. 2.

I don't like Doctor Who and I'm not keen on Wagner, either. I'll have to see if I'm in the mood to watch them or not.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:35
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How do you feel about the two upcoming Dr Who Proms ??

For myself , I hate the idea and won't be watching them .
Didn't know it was happening. There's enough music in Doctor Who to fill TWO Proms? One would think just doing the theme song as a joke would be enough. Something fun for the Last Night. Personally I prefer the Proms to focus on songs and music revolving around Britain's imperial greatness.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:39
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There seems to be a bit of a Wagner overdose this year..

and absolutely no Faure
I adore Fauré's Requiem.

I was hoping for Beethoven's Sixth - Pastoral Symphony, alas. They'll be doing his Ninth, though.
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:42
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Phew, no-one clapped between movements!
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Old 12-07-2013, 21:46
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I adore Fauré's Requiem.

I was hoping for Beethoven's Sixth - Pastoral Symphony, alas. They'll be doing his Ninth, though.
Faure's Requiem is my most played cd.
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