Proms Picks 2010

After a whirlwind tour last summer, Miss Mussel will sadly be unable to attend any of the Proms in 2010. There is something quite special about the festival although articulating that specialness is rather like trying to pick up the mercury from a broken thermometer: you can plainly see it’s there but every time you think you’ve pinned it down, it squirts out of your fingers.

To get the Royal Albert Hall from her Highbury garret, Miss Mussel had to spend 25 minutes underground in a ventilation-free tube carriage, go an addition 20 minutes on an ancient bus crowded with sweaty, hungry tourists [which she, obviously, was not *ahem*] and then walk a few hundred metres.

In 2010, there are 89 concerts over 58 days. Here’s what would compel her to make the journey all over again:

16th July: Mahler 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ – BBCSO – Jiří Bělohlávek, baton
17th July: Die Meistersingers von Nuremberg – WNO/Brynn Terfel – Lothar Koenigs, baton
18th July: Simon Boccanegra – ROH/Placido Domingo – Anthony Pappano, baton

20th July: Alpinesinfonie – WDR SO Cologne – Semyon Bychkov, baton
25th July: Light Classics – BBCPhil – Sir Charles Mackerras
26th July: Schumann ‘Spring’; Strauss Eulenspiegel – BBC NOW – Thierry Fischer, baton

28th July: All kind of modernish stuff; Schumann ‘Rhenish’ – BBSO – Oliver Knussen, baton
29th July: Not so keen on the program but the CBSO with Andris Nelsons are worth hearing no matter what

1st August: Berlioz Romeo & Juliet; Wagner Tristan; OAE/Ben Heppner – Simon Rattle, baton
4th August: Mahler 3 – BBC Scottish – Donald Runnicles, baton
10th August: Mahler 7; Korngold Violin Concerto; Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin/Leonidas Kavakos – Ingo Metzmacher, baton

11th August – Loads of Ligeti, Sibelius 5 – Danish National Symphony – Thomas Dausgaard, baton
13th August – Program ok but BBCPhil with Gianandrea Noseda are another band to hear no matter what
15th August – Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1; Prokofiev 3 – LPO/Julia Fischer – Vladimir Jurowski, baton

21st August – Dowland, Gesualdo, Monteverdi – Britten Sinfonia – Ryan Wigglesworth, baton
21st August – Wagner, Mahler, Beethoven 3 – Rotterdam Philharmonic/Simon Keenlyside – Yannick Nézét Seguin, baton

24th August – Strauss, Ravel Piano Concerto, Scriabin 3; Sydney Symphony/Hélène Grimaud – Vladimir Ashkenazy, baton

31st August – Hänsel and Gretel from Glyndebourne – LPO – Robin Ticciati, baton
3rd September – Beethoven 4, Mahler 1; Berliner Philharmoniker – Simon Rattle, baton
4th September – Wagner, Strauss 4 Last Songs, Webern, Berg – Berliner Philharmoniker – Simon Rattle, baton
5th September – recreation of the last night 1910 – BBCCO – Paul Daniel
10th September – Monteverdi Vespers – EBS, Her Maj’s Sackbuts et al – John Eliot Gardiner, baton
11th September – All the usual suspects – BBCSO/Renée Fleming – Jiří Bělohlávek. baton

The best part is: all these concerts would cost as little as £115. Now that the currency is so low, that works out to just $175 CAD or $7.60 per concert. You can’t even go the movies for that, let alone see the world’s great orchestras with 6,000 of your closest friends.

See the whole schedule here.

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