The Proms 2017: Preview, Part 1



Hello Everyone, @dralanwilson here with the first of a 3 part series looking ahead to the Proms 2017. Lots of exciting old and new music to be sure so, if you like to plan your musical summer well in advance and maybe can't get to the Albert Hall, this is the guide for you. Let's start with a picture round. Who's this?

Full marks if you said John Adams - it's his 70th birthday year, so expect a lot from him as the series progresses. This could be the most minimalistic Proms in history !

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms 14 July 7:30pm (TV) Tom Coult St John’s Dance(5 mins) Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor(36 mins) John Adams Harmonium(33 mins) We start with a new piece (in the traditional manner) before the mighty Beethoven 3rd piano concerto and Adams' choral symphony, based on the poetry of Donne and Dickinson. Cracking start !

Prom 2: Sibelius and Elgar 15th July 7:30pm Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor(33 mins) Edward Elgar Symphony No 1 in A flat major(52 mins) The launch of this year’s cycle of Elgar symphonies - in some ways not a regular part of the canon. Also includes the Sibelius concerto, one of the most exhilarating and virtuosic around. Here's Barenboim with Maxim Vengerov.

Prom 3: Mozart and Schumann 16th July 3.45 pm (TV) W A Mozart Symphony No 38 in D major 'Prague', K 504(29 mins) Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216(24 mins) Robert Schumann Symphony No 2 in C major(38 mins) Bernard Haitink (with Isabelle Faust for the Violin Concerto No. 3). We start with the heavily wind-oriented Mozart and finish with the uplifting Schumann.

Prom 4: Birtwistle and Elgar 16th July 7:45pm (TV) Sir Harrison Birtwistle Deep Time(25 mins) Edward Elgar Symphony No 2 in E flat major(56 mins) The second from Elgar – a ‘passionate pilgrimage of the soul’. Harrison is not everyone's cup of tea, and this is the premiere of his Deep Time. Hard to imagine two more different English composers.

Prom 5: Sibelius, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich 17th July 7:30 pm Jean Sibelius Symphony No 7 in C major(21 mins) Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor(33 mins) Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 10 in E minor(57 mins) A very mixed bag - the romantic Rachmaninov sandwiched between tempest and terror.

Prom 6: Shostakovich and Sibelius 18th July 7:00 pm Dmitri Shostakovich October(12 mins) Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor(39 mins) Jean Sibelius Symphony No 2 in D major(44 mins) Nicky in a nationalistic (in a nice way) programme. Watch out for Shostakovich’s subversive symphonic poem October

Prom 7: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique 19th July 7:30pm Jean‐Féry Rebel Les élémens – Le cahos(7 mins) Pascal Dusapin Outscape(28 mins) Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique(50 mins) The perennial favourite (Berlioz) coupled with a daring baroque symphony (depiction of creation) and a new piece of which I know nothing.

Prom 8: Celebrating John Williams 20th Jul 7:30pm (TV) To celebrate the 85th birthday of the celebrated film composer - expect Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones as a minimum.