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Performance notes: the Proms

There is no grand theme to this year’s Proms, no special marking of a composer’s birth or death. Thank heavens for that

By Martin Kettle   June 2010

The Royal Albert Hall: where better for Mahler’s eighth?

Look for a unifying theme in the 2010 BBC Proms season, which starts in July, and you will struggle to find one. Some concertgoers see this as a sign it may have lost its way since Roger Wright took over as director from Nick Kenyon. I disagree.

Naturally, the season has some unifying elements. Yet they do not dominate as they have in the past. Wright has doffed his cap to the Schumann and, more perfunctorily, the Chopin bicentenaries. Paul Lewis will play the Beethoven piano concertos at various points in…

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