It’s that time of the year again! BBC Proms 2012 kicked off today with an opening concert (see on BBC):
The 118th season of BBC Proms gets underway at the Royal Albert Hall with a spectacular concert of all-English music. In the year of the London Olympics there is something of a relay race around the podium with no less than four conductors passing the baton in the course of the evening – Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and Martyn Brabbins. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the soloist in Delius’ evocative Sea Drift, and a quartet of Proms favourite singers feature in Elgar’s Coronation Ode – Susan Gritton, Sarah Connolly, Robert Murray and Gerald Finley. Elgar’s effervescent Cockaigne Overture, Tippett’s Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and a brand new virtuosic curtain-raiser by Mark-Anthony Turnage complete the programme. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus take their traditional place on stage for a special First Night.
Sort of annoying how they are tying it to the Olympics this summer – I am not looking forward to all the moronic metaphors that the announcers are bound to throw around.
In other news, Barenboim will do all Beethoven’s symphonies, there is a nice expose of Saarijaho and much more!