I've just had a run through and agree there's plenty here to please. Those VPO/Haitink and BPO/Rattle concerts look fantastic!
I'm considering going down to book in person. Does anyone who has done it know what time is best to start the queue?
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Jiri's last last night
will he be sad ?
Have they finally dumped those annoying and not very good PC insertions into the Henry Wood Fantasia? No mention of Bob Chilcott in the listings.
It appears to be pure unadulterated Wood. Whether Rule Britannia actually gets left that way we'll see (though with Calleja as soloist, it may do). Already people moaning that it's not listed, not realising it's the end of the Sea Songs...
Absolutely excellent; the first season I've felt enthusiastic about since 2003 with a great mix of the familiar with the 'unfamiliar but promising' to broaden horizons. Concerts and performers truly of festival class. I'll be listening to every performance (except the jazz). Despite my loyalty to Barenboim and his band, I think Boulez should have been given the ninth to present the whole cycle himself.
There seems to be a belated reaction against the 2009 anniversary composers - no Purcell, 1 Haydn symphony, 1 Mendelssohn concert, 1 major Handel concert (and a popular evening one). Still, I suppose they do get quite a lot of coverage elsewhere in the year and I'm definitely looking forward to the Judas Maccabeus (I have the wonderful Mackerras recording of that). As with Guillaume Tell last year, there's a very ambitious opera production with The Trojans which I'll definitely tune in for.