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Prom 56: LPO/Jurowski review cosmic in scope and intention

Royal Albert Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski made the most familiar of scores sound fresh, and Holst's The Planets was particularly excitingThe London Philharmonic's Prom with Vladimir Jurowski was nothing if not cosmic in scope and intention. The programme

Prom 54: ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner review the demands of Missa Solemnis were thrillingly met

Royal Albert Hall, LondonJohn Eliot Gardiner brought tremendous force to Beethoven's massive work"You have to be attracted to the fire in Beethoven to do this work," John Eliot Gardiner remarked ahead of his late-night performance of the Missa Solemnis wi

Prom 53: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review beauty that showed Brahms' muscle

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThis all-Brahms programmed showcased the orchestra's plush sound, but insights came at the price of momentumAlways an ensemble to do things differently, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has turned itself into a part-time choir. We

András Schiff hypnotises Edinburgh Festival audience

A gladiatorial setting of one man, one piano, two thousand spectators: the piano's slightly rakish angle was going to allow a few hundred more people to see András Schiff's hands in action. 

"Better late than never": Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Beethoven at a late night Prom

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir in a late night performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the BBC Proms.

Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Bĕlohlávek

A superb account of Dvořák's Cello Concerto from Alisa Weilerstein outshone Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 under Jiri Bĕlohlávek's baton at the Proms

Prom 51: A missed opportunity to unlock the power of classical music

Jac van Steen and the Ulster Orchestra attempt to entice new audiences to classical music, with mixed results.

Prom 48: Iceland Symphony Orchestra review energetic but imperfect debut

Royal Albert Hall, LondonIceland's relatively recently established symphony orchestra made its first Proms appearance with a selection of key Icelandic pieces, plus some Schumann and BeethovenA century ago, Iceland had never heard a symphony orchestra in

BBC Proms 2014, Prom 49, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo, review: 'fairy tale flavour'

Sakari Oramo relished the musical complexity of Jukka Tiensuu, says John Allison

The earth moves at the Proms as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra make their debut

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra give an assured performance in their debut concert at the Proms, most successfully in the new compositions of their compatriots.