So dare one speculate that Rituel is paired with the "Eroica", for one? Not sure what one would put Figures, doubles, prismes, Éclat/Multiples, or the Notations.
For any budding young composers out there, the 2012 Proms Inspire competition has just been announced, the lineup of judges looks interesting to me http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/features/inspire
It seems that at least one US orchestra will represent this side of the pond at The Proms this summer:
There's this bit from that article:
Interestingly, the orchestra's president is quoted next, where there's the "read between the lines" part:"On its tour in September, the orchestra will make debut performances at the Musikfest Berlin — Berliner Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
There will be an additional concert in London; the details are still to be announced. However, given the timing and Robertson's connections in that city, the performance will almost certainly be a part of the celebrated Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall."
I then found this from the Saint Louis orchestra's website (emphasis mine):"After a long hiatus, it's really an opportunity," said SLSO president and CEO Fred Bronstein. "It represents all of the things that St. Louis has to offer culturally to the world. It's a huge honor for an American orchestra to be invited; only a few on the top rung ever are."
Obviously the orchestra management is trying to respect The Proms' information embargo until the official announcement in April ."Today, the St. Louis Symphony released details about its upcoming 2012 European tour, the first under Music Director David Robertson. The orchestra will make debut performances at the Musikfest Berlin | Berliner Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival, and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. An additional concert date in London is still to be announced. The concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Ives and Elliott Carter."
To be honest, Saint Louis is not the first US orchestra that I would have predicted as traveling across the Atlantic to the RAH. On reflection, however, it makes sense, because of the connections of David Robertson to The Proms via the BBC SO. Plus, to be somewhat cynical or snarky, maybe they're more affordable than Chicago or New York. It'll also mark the orchestra's Proms debut, as the Proms Archive definitely shows that the Saint Louis orchestra has never performed at The Proms.
Looking at the other tour programs, it's not hard to guess that the Beethoven Violin Concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, and Sibelius 1 will be on the program at the RAH. I once heard Robertson lead the Orchestre National de Lyon, with Tetzlaff, in the Beethoven Violin Concerto. The cadenza threw me off, since it had timpani. I figured out later that it must have been the Max Reger cadenza (*). Maybe that's what you guys will get then, again assuming that this comes to pass.
It's a toss-up whether the Brahms or Ives would be the concert opener, or maybe even both will be included. By default, the date of that Prom, assuming that they're indeed going to The Proms, would have to be Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
(*) Edit: per other posts, the cadenza is not by Max Reger.
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I heard a rumour that some Mahler will be programmed - not confirmed of course.
Born 1712 - Weber, Hebden, Kayser, Stanley
Born 1812 - Degen, Xyndas, Dubuque, Ernst, Busch
Born 1862 - Debussy, Delius
Born 1912 - Cage, Berger, Lane, Nancarrow
Died 1912 - Massenet
Died 1962 - Ireland
Predictions for the novelty evenings - Music for silent movies and something involving the Muppets
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Quite so; and there'll be many "converts" to Boulez as a result. (And maybe even a couple of Boulez enthusiasts who might "get" Beethoven for the first time?)Despite Boulez I'm sure the RAH will be fully sold.
No evidence of a performance of Pélleas et Mélisande on the Monteverdi Choir website, though there is space for them to have a performance on 15 July before they do the Creation at Salzburg the following weekend. Absence of information may be at the request of the BBC until the Proms Guide is published