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The world's biggest music festival kicks off on 17 July with the First Night of the BBC Promenade Concerts, staged in London's Royal Albert Hall. The celebrated Last Night of the Proms takes place on 12 September, and will once again be conducted by Naxos artist Marin Alsop. Last year, Marin earned the distinction of being the first woman to direct the event in the festival's 120-year history.

We've dipped into the programme schedule for the first four weeks of the festival. If you're unfamiliar with any of the selected repertoire, then we invite you to follow the links to acquaint yourself better with what's in the pipeline.


Week 1


8.555869
William WALTON
Belshazzar's Feast

“The performance of Belshazzar's Feast is simply spectacular...Make no mistake, if you care about the major work, then you will want to hear what Paul Daniel and his combined forces do with it.”
ClassicsToday.com

8.554241
Francis POULENC
Organ Concerto

“... [a] buoyant reading of the popular Organ Concerto in G minor which is played on the Great Organ of Notre-Dame in Paris. Here, registrations are spicy and rhythms springy.”
Musical Opinion

  Listen to an extract from Organ Concerto in G minor: II. Allegro giocoso

8.554189
Carl NIELSEN
Clarinet Concerto

“The Clarinet Concerto exploits both the mellow and the more explosive characteristics of the instrument, the latter accentuated by a battle with the side-drum akin to the one in the Fifth Symphony. Kevin Banks's dark-hued performance is thoroughly persuasive.”
The Daily Telegraph (Australia)




Week 2


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Sergei RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2

“Slatkin’s willingness to give his players plenty of time brings a classy response. In the slow movement’s beautiful main tune, too, the principal clarinettist is as haunting a soloist as you’ll hear.”
Classic FM

8.572424
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Sancta Civitas

“...this new Naxos release ... ought to be acquired by anyone with an interest in this repertoire. It is powerful, lucid, beautifully sung, and vividly recorded.”
Fanfare

  Listen to an extract from Sancta Civitas:
And I saw an Angel standing in the Sun

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Gustav HOLST
The Planets

“This is... the most impressive performance of The Planets I've heard for quite a while. The RSNO is on excellent form, and David Lloyd-Jones controls the pacing and brings out the character of each movement with exceptional skill.”
BBC Music Magazine




Week 3


8.573296
Paul DUKAS
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

“Those who are unfamiliar with Tingaud’s work will find an outstanding introduction to it in this disc: a major new conductor.”
MusicWeb International

8.573057
Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No.7, “Leningrad”

“Petrenko is in his element with Shostakovich’s Leningrad, directing a stunning performance from the Liverpool Phil which is in inspired form from first note to last.”
MusicWeb International

  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 7:
III. Adagio

8.557990
Gustav MAHLER
Symphony No. 5

“I for one am grateful to Maestro DePreist and his crew for producing such a successful performance with one of the world’s premier Mahler orchestras.”
Fanfare




Week 4


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Erich KORNGOLD
Violin Concerto

“Philippe Quint is absolutely gorgeous in the Violin Concerto: deeply expressive, with a wealth of tone colors that project Korngold’s ecstatic melodies over long arches.”
American Record Guide

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Olivier MESSIAEN
Turangalila Symphony

“A powerful reading by these superb Polish musicians. A Turangalila with all the expressive power the score needs.”
Gramophone

  Listen to an extract from Turangalila Symphony:
V. Joie du sang des étoiles

8.573029
Segei PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5

“Even if you already have several Prokofiev Fifths, you need to make room for this one.”
International Record Review




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