BBC Proms 2022: The best concerts to watch from Cynthia Arrow to Yuja Wang


hen BBC Proms will open this year, it will be something to celebrate: for the first time since 2019, there is a complete program of concerts. The BBC is under a lot of external pressure, at least from a government that sees license fees as a “suffocating” “comfort blanket” in the words of Jacob Reese Mogg. Under these circumstances, it is hardly surprising if promos try to expand their appeal. Some people will see it as a weakness. For others, it is a welcome sign of openness.

There are more promos outside of London this year than ever before (this choice focuses on the capital). Other innovations include Gaming Prom (August 1) and Aretha Franklin Tribute (August 22). For those who find classical concerts uncomfortable, there is a growing number of “casual prom” and CBBs prom aimed at young audiences.

There’s no shortage of premieres this year, but some of the musician’s performances seem pointless: the centuries of Iannis Xenakis and George Walker, an African-American composer, are certainly worth more than 45 minutes each. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.

BBC programs take place from 15 July to 10 September at the Royal Albert Hall and many other venues. Tickets go on sale on May 21 at 9am.

Prom 2: John Wilson hosts Synophonia in London.

Conductor John Wilson’s films and Barn Storming’s musical performances from Broadway have made him a favorite prom, but not just American music. The prom focuses on British music with their own orchestra, Synophonia of London: with Huw Watkins’ 2014 Flute Concerto, a favorite set by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, et al.

Saturday, July 16

Prom 4: Cynthia Areo: Legendary voices.

Cynthia Areau at the Met Gala 2022

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Cynthia Arevo’s prom with the BBC Concert Orchestra continues to celebrate the popular songs of female singers (most of them are written by men, but no one complains). Here, they include Eta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simon and Gladys Knight. This is a brave singer who wants to imitate such a lineup. Erivo has what it takes.

Sunday, July 17

Prom 5: BBC Philharmonic and Lawrence Power

If anyone can finally save Viola from decades of humiliation, it is Lawrence Power. Her Lockdown Commissions series (available on YouTube) included a piece by Canadian musician Cassandra Miller. The prom will feature the world premiere of his Viola Concerto, written specifically for Power. Berkner’s sixth symphony is longer than McVeigh’s.

Monday, July 18

Prom 7: La Nova Music and Porcelain

Porcel’s Dado and Aeneas are described as “trustworthy and isolated in puntpot”: where Wagner’s opera lasts for hours, Pursel wraps it up in about 55 minutes. Some singers are better suited to play dado than Mizo Suprano Ellis Coat, while tanner Nicki Spence is playing the role of a boozy seller, providing a slight relief from the impending tragedy.

Tuesday, July 19

Prom 8: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Dalia Stasowska

Conductor Dalia Stasovska

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Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson’s The Miners’ Hymns mourns the death of Durham’s mining industry. One of the praises opens the prom, while a new work by Hildeur Gonadotier promises more Icelandic noir (his score for the film Joker won an Academy Award). Rachmannov and Tchaikovsky will hardly lighten the mood.

Wednesday, July 20

Prom 13: Ethel Smith’s The Rickers

Each year, the Glyndebourne Festival opera Proms plays One Night Stand. This year, it presents Ethel Smith’s most famous but rare 1906 opera, The Wreckers, about the Cornish villagers tormenting passing ships. It will be sung in the original French, which makes Glyndebourne’s production a real rarity.

Sunday, July 24

Prom 17: A German petition of Brahm

Jennifer Walsh

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You know what you get from A German Requiem: Brahms in the style of human devotion. What Jennifer Walsh offers is less certain. His Site of an Investigation explores our passion for what one reviewer called “laptop narcosis.” Walsh will be alone, sometimes singing, sometimes annoyed, sometimes whispering or whispering. Holds Ilan Volkov.

Thursday, July 28

Prom 19a: Ukraine Freedom Orchestra

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Promises have been planned for months, but when the war in Ukraine broke out, Prom’s admin department hastily arranged Sunday morning for the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra. Some of its members are now refugees, others play in orchestras all over Europe. Whatever the state of the war in July, it will be an emotional occasion.

Sunday, July 31st

Prom 21: Gaming Prom

Henry Wood, the founder of Prom, has to go to his grave with this idea: a symphony orchestra (“electronically expanded” Royal Philharmonic) is filling Albert Hall with music for computer games. Sorry, Henry, this is 2022 and these scores have a lot of creativity – and money; These are not car accident mischiefs and shoot-em-ups.

Monday, August 1

Prom 22: The Fifth Symphony from Beethoven’s Memoirs

The party has some tricks about Nicholas Colin’s aurora orchestra and his ability to play complex symphony without a score. Of course, a lot of hard work makes it possible, and the results are always convincing. As a bonus, Patricia Kopachanskaja, excited for Shastakovich’s first violin concert, joins the players (this time using scores).

Tuesday, August 2

Prom 28 and 29: Leif Ove Andsnes – Mozart Momentum

It’s rare: three promos dedicated to one player and one orchestra (Mرhler Chamber Orchestra), played by a musician: Mozart. Leif Ove Andsnes’s dedication to Mozart has paid off, and today in two Proms (one and later on August 8 at the Battersea Arts Center) he will play and direct a wide selection of Mozart’s music, mostly for the piano. Will

Sunday, August 7

Prom 35: Yuja Wang with Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus McLean

Yuja Wang

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Still in his twenties, Klaus McLean is the latest in a long line of gifted Finnish conductors. In his Promise Debut, he joined pianist Yuja Wang, who is also a show stopper, at Lizat’s first piano concert. Also on the bill are Richard Strauss and Inevitably (Michael is from Finland, after all), Sebelis.

Friday, August 12

Prom 39: Mark Anthony Turnage, Van Williams and Elgar

Talk about apotheosis: Mark-Anthony Turnage, once associated with the “enfant terrible” tag, now finds himself with two of British music’s strongest lunches, Pinz Elgar and Van Williams. Turnage’s Perky Time Flies raises the bar for the UK premiere of Van Williams’ Toba Concerto and Elgar’s first symphony.

Monday, August 15

Prom 43: Handle Solomon

The arrival of the Queen of Sheba is one of the favorite pieces of the handle: it was part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. It is right in the oratorio of the musician based on the story of Solomon’s Old Testament, where his glory almost reinforces the operatic drama. Sufi geniuses run a strong circle of soloists.

Friday, August 19

Prom 45: Amjad Ali Khan – Anthem Master

Amjad Ali Khan

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In the half-century since Prom first introduced Indian classical music, many famous musicians from the subcontinent have appeared there. Now in the late seventies, Amjad Ali Khan is very active. For her brunch time prom, she has two equally equally virtuous sons with her: what better way to start your Sunday than this?

Sunday, August 21

Prom 47: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Souls

Another prom to set up Henry Wood Spinning? We can argue that Franklin was really the “Queen of Souls” but let’s not complain that her music has no place in the prom. Singers Celia and Jules Buckley will put their stamp on the orchestra’s music. As someone once said, “respect.”

Monday, August 22

Prom 49: Retail Holds Muhler’s “Doomsday” Symphony.

Sir Simon Retail is running LSO.

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Simon Rattle can’t leave Muhler’s second (“Doomsday”) symphony alone: ​​he first recorded it in 1986 and then in 2010. He is now back with the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he will be the music director until next year. Unlike the powerful Muhler, he presents a small portrait of Harrison Burt Whistle, who died last month: his donum is a four-minute gift for the Simoni MMXVIII Rattle.

Wednesday, August 24

Prom 52: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Pika Cuesto

Pekka Kuusisto is a player who is always researching, always asking questions. He may be the last violin player you would expect to play in Van Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Maybe that’s why he’s doing it. Expect at least one anchor, possibly several. He will also be alone in Thomas Adès’s Märchentänze. Debussy and, of course, Sibelius completed the bill. Nicholas Colin is doing.

Friday, August 26

Prom 59: Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Jamie Barton

Jamie Barton

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Edward Gardner conducts London Philharmonic meditation on Elgar’s death. American Mizo Suprano Jamie Barton, a passionate extravagant actor, sings the role of an angel. How could this be compared with the inevitable comparison with the inner workings of the British Mizo Janet Baker, who adopted this character?

Wednesday, August 31

Prom 61: Sugar! Orchestra

Not too early, Prom celebrates George Walker’s music, in it, the centenary of his birth. He was the first African American musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for his composition Lilacs. چنیکے! The orchestra makes it a point to include black musicians in its programming. With Soprano Nicole Cabell, he follows her with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and does Lilacs.

Friday, September 2

Print Works Prom and ENO – Glass Handle in London

You wouldn’t say that flip glass and handles were made for each other. All the more reason to keep them together. For this tour of East London, Prom works closely with the English National Opera. There will be dancing, stage action (including live painting and high fashion), “Nature Beat Boxer” Jason Singh and counter tanner Anthony Ruth Costanzo. Sensory overload is guaranteed.

Saturday, September 3 (two performances)

Prom 62: Berliner Philharmonic and Carol Petrenko

Karel Petrenko

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Of all the international orchestras visiting this year’s Promise, Berlin Phil will be the biggest uprising with its artistic director, Karl Petrenko. In the first concert, they perform Mehler’s seventh symphony. In the second, Petrenko combined the secretive dissident Shostakovich and the more outspoken opponent, Alfred Schnitz. Book early

Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 4th September

Prom 64: Sir Anders Chef Beethoven playing the piano sonatas.

Another perfect Sunday morning concert. The chef, who is one of Beethoven’s greatest players today, compiles Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas, in which, as the chef himself puts it, “the religious feeling is universal.” Humbly man in one minute, with the next moment in sincerity, they are an intense, and intensely useful for 70 minutes of music.

Sunday, September 4

Prom 70: Philadelphia Orchestra and Yankee Nesett Seguin

Angel Blue

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The Philadelphia Orchestra presents two American vocal works, Angel Blue as a soloist in both. Samuel Barber described his Knoxville: Summer of 1915 as a “lyric rapsody”, while Blue himself premiered Valerie Coleman’s This is Not a Small Voice, a sequel to a silent polymic poem by Sonia Sanchez. ۔ Completes Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony Program.

Thursday, September 8

Last night of Promise 2022

Whether you like it or not, the last night of prom is not over. Along with the usual Schengen (Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the rest), we find two great actors: Suprano Liz Davidson and Sheiko Kanye Mason. If you don’t like balloons, flags and whistles, you can always go after performing them.

Saturday, September 10

Tickets for the BBC Proms will go on sale on May 21 at 9am.