Proms review: Prom 76

Written by Ellis Ian Fields

Monday, 13 September 2010

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Too many pieces to list here.

Renee Fleming, soprano
Maxim Rysanov, viola
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Behlohlavek, conductor

Pierre Noxious writes:

I wasn't going to bother with any more Proms this year (no I didn't do the Stravinsky on Tuesday), but the missus said she hadn't been to the Last Night for donkeys' and I thought, well, I'm off for a couple for weeks, so...

It's a giggle, isn't it, The Last Night Of The Proms? You always get some pillocks moaning about jingoism, but it's really just a laugh.

And especially when you get a line-up like we had this year: there was a viola soloist from the Ukraine and the conductor was a Czech.

Best of all, though, the soprano was a Yank. That's right - Renee Fleming resplendent in a Vivienne Westwood frock (apparently) got to be Britannia for the night.

She's got a right pair of lungs on her that bird! She bashed out some Richard Strauss in the first half and got the crowd really up for it with the Rule Britannia. You have to admit, it's stirring stuff when you get a top singer like her giving it large on that.

Makes the hairs in the back of your neck stand on end.

Oh - they added "You'll Never Walk Alone" to the communal singing because they've been commemorating Oscar Hammerstein II this year. Eeh, it were like being in t'Kop!

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