I have long given up on the dubious motives of the trendies at the BBC as they struggle to be ever more clever with our listening diet.
When you are looking to cut a dash with your faceless bosses upstairs, audience considerations are not usually a good idea anyway.
Only yesterday evening, during the interval feature, we were, would you believe, treated to modern jazz!
A tenuous enough rationale if the second half had contained Scriabin or Schnitker, but most certainly off the clock when Tchaikovsky was
about to follow!
That composer didn't get much justice either.
I don't know your views on the subject but I think Maestro Davis had a big problem last night if he was aiming to get any sensitive interpretation out of that eager youth orchestra.
Rimsky's Scheherezade (appropriate enough after the Ravel) surely would have been a better programme choice.
I have listened to very few proms this year. I have lost interest somehow; it's all too artificial these days.
The Proms have completely lost the magic of the era you and I remember.
Perhaps that erosion began with the title change from the Henry Wood Proms to those of the BBC instead.
Now whose brilliant idea was that, Kenyon's? Sounds like something of his.