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Prom 19: Gudmunsen-Holmgreen / Shostakovich / Langgaard / Tchaikovsky

by Gig Reporters 2012

WinkBall were once again at the heart of the action for Britain’s most renowned cultural events, the Proms. An eight-week summer celebration of classical and orchestral music, the Proms is a must on the British social calendar. Taking place at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, every day from July 13 to September 8.

Most of the events take place at the iconic Royal Albert Hall – though other venues include Cadogan Hall for the chamber concerts, and the Proms in the Park events across the UK to mark the last night.

The nineteenth night of the BBC Proms 2012 celebrated Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Shostakovich, Langgaard and Tchaikovsky. Daniel Müller-Schott was the cellist for the night and Thomas Dausgaard conducted the BBC National Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard’s audacious programme opens with the UK premiere of a briefly blazing, tuba-rich symphony completed in 1945 by the Danish maverick Langgaard, whose Music of the Spheres was such a highlight of the 2010 Proms season, there's also a UK premiere by fellow Dane Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

The established masterpieces are Russian: Shostakovich’s hyper concentrated First Cello Concerto, in which we welcome Proms debut artist Daniel Müller-Schott, and Tchaikovsky’s most radical and masterly symphonic confrontation with existential despair.

On Saturday 28th July, WinkBall video reporters will be finding out from the attendees what makes the Proms such a great, unique British event, and more…

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