Prophetic use of a contrabass ophicleide
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 @ 00:00
Richard Lawrence reviews his selection from this year’s BBC Proms season
THE Henry Wood Proms — promoted as ever by the BBC — came to their customary conclusion last Saturday.
The penultimate concert often includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, but this year we had a real one-off: the French-language version of Weber’s horror-opera Der Freischütz, with the spoken dialogue replaced by recitatives composed by Berlioz. Fascinating! More predictable — I do not mean this pejoratively — were the various themes: anniversary ...
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