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    It seems that Barenboim and his East-West Divan orchestra will present a complete Beethoven cycle in next year's Proms, ending with the Ninth symphony on the opening night of the Olympics.

    See this article in the Arts Journal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudgieJane View Post
    It seems that Barenboim and his East-West Divan orchestra will present a complete Beethoven cycle in next year's Proms, ending with the Ninth symphony on the opening night of the Olympics.

    See this article in the Arts Journal.
    It's The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    Easy to remember as WEDO


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    ... and for those of us who remember our Goethe -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West-östlicher_Diwan


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    Well the report is from Lebrecht... Haven't found any other source for it, so it seems to be a bit of an odd announcement. Not mentioned in the BBC press release celebrating this year's record season (again) http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre...09/proms.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Underdown View Post
    Well the report is from Lebrecht... Haven't found any other source for it, so it seems to be a bit of an odd announcement. Not mentioned in the BBC press release celebrating this year's record season (again) http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre...09/proms.shtml
    It's most probably an "official leak", timed to damp-down the tinder after the IPO incident. Although it may indeed come from the man who claimed Classical Music Is Dead, I doubt that even Lebrecht would purvey such a tale if he didn't have a very good source. And he is, after all an R3 Insider who has the Controller's ear.

    I hope the 2012 Proms will manage to cut loose from the national obsession with stick-throwers and egg-and-spoon-racers during next year. Cultural Olympiad? There were 'avin' a larf, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al R Gando View Post
    I hope the 2012 Proms will manage to cut loose from the national obsession with stick-throwers and egg-and-spoon-racers during next year. Cultural Olympiad? There were 'avin' a larf, eh?
    Yes, and the worst part of it is that it is at our expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amateur51 View Post
    It's The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Don't shoot the messenger.
    Quote Originally Posted by David Underdown View Post
    Well the report is from Lebrecht... Haven't found any other source for it, so it seems to be a bit of an odd announcement. Not mentioned in the BBC press release celebrating this year's record season (again) http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre...09/proms.shtml
    He'd better be right, or he'll lose what little credibility he has left.

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    That is a considerable coup for Roger Wright! DB & the WEDO have performed the LvB cycle in the Far East, South America, Germany & maybe elsewhere, always to great acclaim. It's sure to be a splendid series, crackling with energy, amply rehearsed & their maestro & mentor is sure to make fearsome demands of them.

    (Budgie - I'm surprised there aren't more replies; people seem to be busy moaning that new programmes that aren't yet on air are dumbed down...)

    (EA - a pretty dumbed down post coming from a Host isn't it - ignoring #1 entirely?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborn View Post
    (EA - a pretty dumbed down post coming from a Host isn't it - ignoring #1 entirely?)
    Come, now. Being a Host doesn't mean we can't share in the odd bit of humour, or even satire.


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    So, besides Barenboim and his "orchestra against ignorance" with a Beethoven cycle (let's hope the security is really good for all of them, and indeed all around), to summarize past rumors from the earlier thread, we may also expect at next year's Proms:
    1. Berlioz: Les Troyens (ROH & Pappano)
    2. Ulster Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta (her first appearance as their new principal conductor)
    3. BBC NOW, Thierry Fischer:
    (a) Walton - Belshazzar's Feast, Elgar - The Music Makers
    (b) Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts
    4. Visit by the Labeque sisters

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