Mstation Classical Reviews
pre Dec 04 reviews are here
Mon, 30 May 2005
various, The Last Night of the Proms 2004 Sir Thomas Allen, Simon Preston David Pyatt BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall 2 CD's, Warner Classics
The Proms are adored by some and loathed by others. The latter group see it as an example of dumbing down and the former see it as approachable and fun. Indeed, there's a special feel to the Prom series and to the last night in particular that makes it an endearing event.
And there is quite a lot of music too. On these two disks we have Dvorak, Straus, Vaughan Williams, Rodgers, Porter (Cole), Sousa, Edgar (of course!), and Puccini and Parry, amongst others. The diversity in this context is a must. What would the Proms last night be without a contrasting collection of pieces with very tenuous, if any, ties?