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Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London

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AddressKensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
Google maps51° 30' 5.148" N 0° 10' 39.070" W
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LondonThe Planets: An HD Odyssey

The Planets: An HD Odyssey
Strauss R., Strauss II, Bach, Beethoven, Williams, Holst
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nick Davies

LondonProm 1: First Night of the Proms

Di Castri, Dvořák, Janáček
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Asmik Grigorian; Jennifer Johnston; Ladislav Elgr; Eric Owens

LondonProm 2: Bohemian Rhapsody

Dvořák, Smetana
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Joshua Bell

LondonProm 4: The Planets

Adams, Barber, Holst
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Nemanja Radulović; Trinity Boys Choir

LondonProm 3: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon

Adams, Britten, Copland, Puccini, Zimmer
Chineke!; Kwamé Ryan; YolanDa Brown; Justin Fletcher; Chris Jarvis; Maddie Moate

LondonProm 5: CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon

Adams, Britten, Copland, Puccini, Zimmer
Chineke!; Kwamé Ryan; YolanDa Brown; Justin Fletcher; Chris Jarvis; Maddie Moate

LondonProm 6: The Rite of Spring

Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Britten, Stravinsky
Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; James Ehnes

LondonProm 7: Schumann, Schoenberg & Mozart

Mozart, Ben-Haim, Schoenberg, Schumann
BBC Philharmonic; Omer Meir Wellber; Yeol Eum Son
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BRB's The Nutcracker* lights up the Royal Albert Hall

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall © Annabel Moeller
A unique marriage of production and performance space provides a spactacle synonymous withe spirit of Christmas 
****1
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Not quite the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

Benjamin Appl © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
Competent if underwhelming Handel from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Maxim Emelyanchev.
**111
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Carlos Acosta: A Celebration

Carlos Acosta in Bruce's Rooster © Tristram Kenton
For three decades, Acosta has given his audiences performances of pure pleasure. As someone who had to work against the odds to reach the top, he became one of those rare classical ballet dancers whose brilliance and incredible technical achievements, wrapped up with convincing characterisation and humble charisma, have set stages alight around the world.
****1
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Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Jonathan Cohen leads a sensitive performance by Arcangelo, with a line-up of five outstanding lyrical voices. 
****1
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Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from the RSNO

Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Britten's profoundly pacifist work is given a calm reading by Peter Oundjian and the RSNO: soprano Erin Wall, the RSNO Junior Chorus and the wind players provide the high spots of the evening.
***11
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Byron's Harold the unlikely star in Gardiner's Berlioz Prom

Antoine Tamestit and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Antoine Tamestit takes a peripatetic approach to Byron's brooding hero, while Joyce DiDonato dies – twice – as Cleopatra and Dido. 
*****
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Nelsons and the Boston Symphony stare into the abyss

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Another Bernstein concerto-in-all-but-name followed by Shostakovich, this time with the Boston Symphony flexing their muscles. 
****1
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Extraordinary music-making from Petrenko and the Berlin Phil

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Berliners' second concert comprised the core repertoire for which they are famous, Beethoven and Strauss. Under the dynamic baton of their incoming Principal, Kirill Petrenko, these warhorses were made fresh again.
*****
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