Catch up with amazing musicby Alexandra Coghlan / June 16, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
BBC Proms Opening Weekend
15th to 17th July, Royal Albert Hall
As ever the opening weekend of the BBC Proms is a starry affair, giving a taste of things to come. The cello steps into the spotlight with a series of high-profile soloists and major concertos. Setting the ball rolling is Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta. Fresh from an exceptional recording of the work, she opens the Proms with Elgar’s Cello Concerto. There’s also a strong Russian flavour to this opening weekend, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky and Sergei Prokofiev’s mighty cantata Alexander Nevsky. Adapted from the composer’s score for Sergei Eisenstein’s film, it’s a truly cinematic affair—a massed choral spectacular rich with battles and crusading valour. Choral music continues on Sunday, when the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge perform Joseph Haydn’s Paukenmesse—one of the composer’s most popular Mass settings. The centrepiece of the weekend is the Royal Opera’s visit to the Proms and a chance to see the company’s Boris Godunov in a concert performance. Bryn Terfel stars as the troubled Russian monarch, a performance of tremendous vocal and psychological intensity, supported by a cast including John Tomlinson, John Graham-Hall and rising British tenor David Butt Philip.