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Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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SnapeAppalachian Spring

Copland, Cashian, Feldman
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Knussen; Huw Watkins

LondonProm 1: First Night of the Proms 2018

Vaughan Williams, Holst, Anna Meredith/59 Productions
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; National Youth Choir of Great Britain; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Proms Youth Ensemble

LondonProm 6: An American in Paris & Turangalîla

Gershwin, Messiaen
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Angela Hewitt; Cynthia Millar

LondonProm 12: Beethoven, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

Beethoven, Shostakovich, Norman, Rachmaninov
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Alisa Weilerstein

LondonProms 19 & 20: Ten Pieces Prom III

Andrew, Bates, Chevalier de Saint-George, Copland, Dvořák, Elgar, Orff, Purcell, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Rafael Payare; Naomi Wilkinson; Unknown; BBC Singers
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Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
Kaufmann’s magnificent instrument was not seen at its best in songs by Strauss, but there was pleasure from his clear artistry and the interesting orchestral pieces played by the BBCSO.
***11
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A vibrant Mediterranean tableau from the BBCSO

Daniele Rustioni © Davide Cerati
The BBC Symphony Orchestra was on tip-top form, with the buoyant Daniele Rustioni and mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital conjuring up a fresco of genuine Mediterranean delights.
****1
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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Totally committed Finzi and inspired Shostakovich

Paul Watkins © Nina Large
Two works of personal victory, written at virtually the same point in history and against a backdrop of suffering, made up this very successful concert conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. 
****1
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From Plato to Voltaire: the BBCSO’s Bernstein

Vadim Gluzman performs Bernstein’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
The finale of the BBCSO’s Bernstein celebration features the composer at his most sublime and frivolous, and offers a rare performance of Songfest for six soloists and orchestra.
****1
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