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EDITORIAL PART 1: An editor’s sideswipe at standards of music criticism.

Seen & Heard reviewers from the UK and the United States nominate their best live performances of 2003.

Rudi van Dijk in memoriam, a personal reflection by Bernard Jacobson

Roremania: Bernard Jacobson attends a birthday celebration

Gilbert Kaplan talks to Marc Bridle about Mahler’s Second Symphony.

Inside Monteverdi, South Bank Centre, 2nd November, 2003 (PGW)

Recent Contemporary Music on CD: Feldman, Finnissy, Pritchard, Usher. Maxwell Davies, Staebler and Zimmermann reviewed by John Warnaby

Wittener Tage fuer Neue Kammermusik: 9 - 11 May, 2003 by John Warnaby.


Two Radio 3 Programmes (PGW)


Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, Dec. 11 and 14, 2003 (BH)

Beethoven, Berlioz, Manoury, Orchestre de Paris, Esa-Pekka Salonen, December 11, 2003 (FC)

Rorem, Flute Concerto (world premiere), Jeffrey Khaner (flute), Philadelphia Orchestra, Roberto Abbado, Philadelphia, Dec. 2003 (BJ)

Composer Portrait: Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City, December 5, 2003 (BH)

Pletnev’s Rachmaninov Concerto Cycle in London: Marc Bridle and Alex Russell are impressed by the great pianist in concert.

Prism Quartet: British Invasion, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, New York City, November 24, 2003 (BH)

Garrick Ohlsson Recital, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, November 23, 2003 (BH)

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Ligeti: Violin Concerto, Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral", Tasmin Little, Violin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, November 12, 2003 (BH)

Sospeso Xponential: Moving Pictures and Illustrated Songs, The Ensemble Sospeso, The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, New York City November 11, 2003 (BH)

The Green Umbrella: "Solos Night", Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, Monday, November 3, 2003 (BH)

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection"), Christiane Oelze (sop), Monica Groop (mezzo), Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, October 30 and 31, 2003 (BH)

A Stradivarius In A Glass Box: Lahti Sibelius Festival, 4th – 6th September 2003 (BK)

Morton Feldman, "Triadic Memories", Marilyn Nonken, Piano, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City, October 26, 2003 (BH)

The Eschenbach Era: Music in Philadelphia, by Bernard Jacobson

Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: Balinese Gamelan Performance, Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Carnegie Hall, New York City, October 7, 2003 (BH)

KIROV AT CARNEGIE HALL: Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (complete) Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, October 5, 2003 (BH)

Hurricane Christoph: Eschenbach in Philadelphia, Robin Mitchell-Boyask

Brahms, Matthews: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Vadim Repin, violin; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, Oct 3, 2003 (HS)

KIROV AT CARNEGIE HALL: Leningrad Symphony, Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor, Carnegie Hall, New York City, October 3, 2003 (BH)

KIROV AT CARNEGIE HALL: Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall's 113th Season Wagner, Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov, Maxim Vengerov (violin), Valery Gergiev (conductor), Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Carnegie Hall, October 1, 2003 (BH)

Dallapiccola & Nono: Concert Chorale of New York, James Bagwell, Director, American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor,Avery Fisher Hall, September 28, 2003 (BH)

Stephen Hartke: Symphony No. 3, Mahler: Symphony No. 5: The Hilliard Ensemble, New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY, September 23, 2003 (BH)

Mahler: Symphony No. 4, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Laura Claycomb, soprano; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, Sept 24, 2003 (HS)

Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, conductor, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City, September 19, 2003 (BH)

Strauss, Beethoven: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Thomas Hampson (baritone), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 19th September 2003 (HS)

Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky: San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Davies Symphony Hall, September 3, 2003 (HS)

Salzburg Festival 2003

Salzburg Festival 2003: Mozart Mass in C Minor: Soloists, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Choir of Clare College, dir. Ivor Bolton. 19th August 2003 (ME)

Salzburg Festival 2003: Mozart ‘Don Giovanni’ Vienna Philharmonic dir. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thursday August 21st 2003 (ME)

Salzburg Festival 2003: Hans Werner Henze, ‘L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe’ Vienna Philharmonic, dir. Markus Stenz, Salzburg, August 20th 2003 (ME)

OPERA (UK and International),

BERLIOZ, Benvenuto Cellini, Orchestre National de France, December 8, 2003 (FC)

Verdi’s Aida at the Royal Opera, 28th November 2003 (BK)

Opera in San Francisco: a mixed 2003 season so far is reviewed by Harvey Steiman.

Wagner Twilight of the Gods. Soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera/Paul Daniel. Barbican Hall, Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 (CC).

Britten, ‘The Turn of the Screw Royal College of Music, Benjamin Britten International Opera School, 22nd November 2003 (ME)

Britten The Rape of Lucretia Soloists, English National Opera, Barbican Theatre, Friday, November 7th, 2003 (CC)

Truth, Illusion and Time: Wagner’s Parsifal, Welsh National Opera, 4th October 2003 (BK)

György Ligeti, Le Grand Macabre; BBC Singers, Justin Way (director); BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Rumpf (conductor); Barbican, 19th October, 2003 (AR)

Handel ‘Orlando’,Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20th October 2003 (ME)

Britten The Turn of the Screw Soloists, English Touring Opera, Richmond Theatre, Friday, October 17th, 2003 (CC)

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Stefan Soltesz, conductor; San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, October 16, 2003 (HS)
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Chicago, October 17, 2003 (HS)

Bellini I Capuleti e I Montecchi English National Opera at the Barbican Cond: Richard Bonynge, 10th October 2003 (CC)

STRAUSS, Salomé, Opera National de Paris, September 23, 2003 (FC)

Massenet, Thaïs English National Opera at the Barbican Cond: Emmanuel Joël, 23rd September 2003 (CC)

Mozart Cosi fan Tutte English National Opera at the Barbican Cond: Mark Wigglesworth, 20th September 2003 (ME)

Jazz, Dance,Esoterica and Alternative

The Abdullah Ibrahim Trio; Abdullah Ibrahim (Piano), George Gray (Drums), Belden Bullock (Double Bass); Royal Festival Hall; 25th October 2003 (EP)

Diamanda Galas, Defixiones, Will and Testament, RFH, 17th October 2003 (MB)


Mendelssohn, Schumann, Mussorgsky /Ravel; Wiener Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons, RFH, 17th December 2003 (AR)

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No.3 in D minor; Birgit Remmert (contralto); London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin Boys Choir; Andrew Litton (conductor); RFH, 16th December, 2003 (AR)

Schumann, Brahms Susan Gritton (soprano); Dietrich Henschel (baritone); European Voices; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Simon Rattle. RFH, Monday, December 15th, 2003 (CC)

Beethoven, Chopin Freddy Kempf (piano) Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, December 15th, 2003 (CC)

Beethoven, Shostakovich; Leon McCawley (pf) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur (con); RFH, 13th December, 2003 (AR)

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), RFH, Friday, December 12th, 2003 (CC)

Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn; Philharmonia Orchestra, András Schiff (pf/con); RFH, 9th December, 2003 (AR)

Mozart, Adagio in B minor: Schumann, Kinderscenen, Op. 15: Schubert, Three Pieces, D946, Six German Dances D 820: Schoenberg, Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19: Liszt, Sonata in B minor, S. 178. Paul Lewis, Wigmore Hall, 9th December 2003 (ME)

Beethoven, Sibelius; John Lill (pf); London Philharmonic Orchestra; Paavo Berglund (con); RFH; 6th December, 2003 (AR)

‘A Wilde Concert’ Clarke, Alford, Debbie Wiseman: animated films of short stories by Oscar Wilde: presenter Atarah Ben-Tovim: Children’s Classic Concerts, Barbican Hall, December 6th 2003 (ME)

Mozart, Shostakovich, Messiaen, Beethoven: Mirijam Contzen (Violin) & Florian Uhlig (Piano), Wigmore Hall, 3rd December 2003 (H-T W)

Birtwistle, Eötvös London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins, Pierre-André Valade, QEH, Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 (CC)

Duos ex machina: Nancarrow, Stahnke, Volans, Weir, Ligeti; Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, The Warehouse, 27th November 2003 (H T-W)

St Ceciliatide International Festival of Music – Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Merel Quartet, Stationers´ Hall, London, 20th November 2003 (H-T W)

Bach, Brahms, Shostakovich Yuri Bashmet (viola); Mikhail Muntian (piano). Barbican Hall, Thursday November 27th, 2003 (CC)

Stravinsky, Hardin, Bach (arr. MacGregor); Andy Sheppard (saxophone), Shrikanth Sriram (tabla); Britten Sinfonia; Joanna MacGregor (director/piano); QEH, 22nd November, 2003 (AR)

Beethoven Piotr Anderszewski (piano); London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Barbican Hall, Thursday, November 20th, 2003 (CC)

Delius, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Bax: The Nash Ensemble, Mark Padmore, Wigmore Hall, November 15th 2003 (ME)

Handel Alexander’s Feast Emma Bell (soprano); Paul Agnew (tenor); Roderick Williams (bass); The Choir of the English Concert; The English Concert/Andrew Manze, QEH, Tuesday, November 11th, 2003 (CC)

Schubert, Chopin Maria João Pires (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, November 10th 2003 (CC)

Busoni, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Respighi; Theodore Kerkezos (saxophone); London Philharmonic Orchestra; Roberto Minczuk (conductor); Royal Festival Hall, 7th November, 2003 (AR)

Beethoven, ‘An die ferne Geliebte:’ Schubert, ‘Schwanengesang.’ Matthias Goerne, Alfred Brendel, Wigmore Hall November 5th and 7th 2003 (ME)

Saariaho, Bruch, Berlioz; Joshua Bell (Violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Langrée (conductor); Royal Festival Hall; 5th November, 2003 (AR)

Mahler, Symphony No.2, Inger Dam-Jensen (sop), Nadja Michael (mezzo), London Philharmonic Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gilbert Kaplan, RFH, 4th November, 2003 (MB)

Vaughan Williams, Ravel Andreas Haefliger (piano); London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox. Barbican Hall, Tuesday, November 4th, 2003 (CC)

Liszt, Messiaen Steven Osborne (piano), Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday November 3rd, 2003 (CC)

Anton Bruckner, Symphony No.9, Te Deum Turid Karlsen (sop), Natascha Petrinsky (mezzo), Anthony Dean Griffey (ten), Peter Rose (bass); London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas (con); Barbican Centre, 2nd November, 2003 (AR) 

Schoenberg, Strauss, Sibelius; Christine Brewer (sop), BBC SO, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (con); Barbican Centre, 1st November, 2003 (AR)

Wagner: Lohengrin, Tristan & Isolde, Götterdämmerung, Susan Bullock (sop), Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Barbican 31st October 2003 (MB)

Schumann Olaf Bär (baritone); Julius Drake (piano). Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, 27th October, 2002 (CC)

Beethoven, Berg Benjamin Schmid (violin); Philharmonia Orchestra/Franz Brüggen, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 (CC)

Bach, Granados, Sculthorpe, Venezuelan composers, John Williams (guitar), Wigmore Hall, 22nd October 2003 (MB)

Bach, Schubert, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Igor Tchetuev (piano), Wigmore Hall, 20th October 2003 (MB)

Ligeti at 80 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Michael Thompson, Isabelle Faust, London Sinfonietta/George Benjamin, Barbican Hall, Saturday, October 18th, 2003 (CC)

Dutilleux, Bartok, Beethoven; Hélène Grimaud (pf); Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, RFH, 16th October, 2003 (AR)

Ligeti, Debussy Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Wigmore Hall, Thursday, October 16th, 2003 (CC)

Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Centenary Concert; George Pehlivanian (con), Sergey Khachatryan (violin), Levon Chilingirian (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra; RFH: 13th October, 2003 (AR)

Serge Prokofiev complete chamber music, Blackheath Halls 11/12 October 2003 (PGW)

Ravel, Fauré, Honegger; Nicole Tibbels (sop), Louise Callinan (mezzo), Werner Güra (ten), François Le Roux (nar), Lucy Scott (Witch of Endor), BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Nash Ensemble; Leonard Slatkin (con); Barbican Centre, 11th October, 2003 (AR)

Mozart, Bruckner Paul Lewis (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi, Royal Festival Hall, London, Thursday, October 9th, 2003 (CC)

Schubert, ‘Winterreise’ Matthias Goerne, Alfred Brendel. Wigmore Hall, Wednesday October 8th 2003 (ME)

Xenakis: Designer in Sound, Nicolas Hodges (pf), Hilary Summers (mezzo), Linda Hirst (mezzo), Mark van de Wiel (bass clarinet), London Sinfonietta, Diego Masson, QEH, 7th October, 2003 (AR)

Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Demidenko (pf), Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio/Vladimir Fedoseyev. RFH, Tuesday, October 7th, 2003 (CC).

Schumann, Robin Holloway: Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, October 4th 2003 (ME)

Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez Peter O’Hagan (piano). Purcell Room, Friday, October 3rd, 2003 (CC)

Sibelius, Lindberg, Mahler; Randi Stene (mezzo), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (con); Barbican Centre, 30th September 2003 (AR)

S. Harrison, Traditional Afghan THE LIGHT GARDEN TRILOGY Andrew Sparling (clarinet); Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin); The Tate Ensemble; Ensemble Bakhtar; Lontano/Odaline de la Martinez. Marylebone Parish Church, Tuesday, September 30th, 2003 (CC).

Scarlatti arr. Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Yefim Bronfman (pf), Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 29th September 2003 (CT)

Ravel, Schubert Alfredo Perl (piano) Wigmore Hall, 1pm, Monday, September 29th, 2003 (CC).

Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky London Symphony Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov, Barbican Hall, September 28th, 2003 (CC)

Shostakovich, Beethoven St Petersburg String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, 11.30am, Sunday September 21st, 2003 (CC)

Schubert ‘Winterreise’ Simon Keenlyside, Pedja Muzijevic, with Brandi L. Norton, Seth Parker, Lionel Popkin (dancers) Directed by Trisha Brown, Lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Barbican Hall, 18th September 2003 (ME)

Sorabji, Opus Clavicembalisticum, Jonathan Powell (piano), Purcell Room, Tuesday, September 16th, 2003 (CC)

J. S. Bach, F. Couperin, D. Scarlatti Angela Hewitt (piano). Wigmore Hall, Monday, September 15th, 2003 (CC)

Beethoven, Chopin Malcolm Binns (piano). Wigmore Hall, Sunday September 14th, 2003 (CC).

Wolf, Schubert, Poulenc, Strauss, Wagner: Violeta Urmana, Jan Philip Schulze. Wigmore Hall, September 11th 2003 (ME)

Schumann, Mendelssohn, Schubert Eroica Quartet (Peter Hanson, Lucy Howard, violins, Gustav Clarkson viola, David Watkin cello). Wigmore Hall, September 10th, 2003 (CC)

Opening Concert of the Wigmore Hall 2003-2004 season: Debussy, de Falla, Strauss, Britten – Amanda Roocroft, Graham Johnson. Saturday 6th September 2003 (ME)

Bach, Rodrigo, Bogdanovic, Henze, Brouwer, George Vassilev (guitar), Purcell Room, 4th September 2003 (MB)


PROM 71: R.Strauss, Elgar, Musorgsky (orch. Ravel); Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich; David Zinman (conductor); Royal Albert Hall; 12th September, 2003 (AR)

PROM 68 Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta (CC)

PROM 66 Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev (conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 8th September 2003 (AR)

PROM 64: Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Mozart, McFerrin, Dukas, Ravel; Tamás Várga (cello); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin (vocalist/conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 7th September, 2003 (AR)

PROM 63 Prokofiev, War and Peace Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera/Paul Daniel. Saturday, September 6th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 59: Salonen, Beethoven, Brahms; Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg; Christoph Eschenbach (conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 3rd September 2003 (AR)

PROM 57: Matthias Pintscher, Anton Bruckner, Frank Peter Zimmerman (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Royal Albert Hall, 2nd September 2003 (AR)

PROM 56: Brahms, Goebbels, Strauss Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Albert Hall, 1st September, 2003 (MB)

PROM 55: Bartok, Ligeti, Stravinsky, Tasmin Little (vln), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Albert Hall, 31st August 2003 (CT)

PROM 54: Mendelssohn, Mahler Gil Shaham (violin); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons. RAH, Saturday, August 30th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 53: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons (conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 29th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 50: Wagner, Berg, Brahms; Christine Brewer (sop), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (con), Royal Albert Hall, 27th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 49: Mahler, Symphony No.6, European Union Youth Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor); Royal Albert Hall, 26th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 48:Berlioz, ‘The Trojans’ Part II, soloists, LSO Chorus, LSO, Sir Colin Davis, Royal Albert Hall Sunday 25th August 2003. (ME)

PROM 47: Berlioz, The Trojans: Part I, soloists, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, RAH, 3.00pm, 25th August 2003 (MB)

PROM 46: Handel, ‘Saul’ Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh, RAH, 24th August 2003 (ME)

PROM 45: Musorgsky, orch. Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich. Prokofiev, Christian Tetzlaff (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 23rd August, 2002 (AR)

PROM 44: Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven Askar, Wosner, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim (piano/director). RAH, Friday, August 22nd, 2003 (CC)

PROM 43: Ravel, Kancheli, Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev  (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 21st August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 42 Beethoven, Berlioz, Prokofiev Olga Borodina (mezzo); Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, RAH, Wednesday, August 20th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 41: Dukas, Chen Yi, Ravel, Evelyn Glennie (percussion), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier, RAH, 19th August 2003 (MB)

PROM 40: Carl Nielsen, Kalevi Aho, Jean Sibelius; Christian Lindberg (trombone), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 18th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 39: Berlioz, ‘Benvenuto Cellini’ (Weimar version), Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, cond. Sir Roger Norrington, RAH, Sunday 17th August 2003. (ME)

PROM 37: Mozart, Brahms Miah Persson (soprano); Peter Mattei (baritone); Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir; Swedish Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck, Royal Albert Hall, Friday, August 15th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 35: Chopin arr. Stravinsky, Knussen, Carter, Stravinsky; Pinchas Zukerman (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Knussen (con) Royal Albert Hall, 14th August, 2003 (AR)

PROM 31: R Strauss; Mahler; Prokofiev; Ekaterina Gubanova, (mezzo); Detlef Roth, (baritone); London Philharmonic Choir; Crouch End Festival Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Daniele Gatti, Royal Albert Hall, 11th August 2003 (AR)

Prom 29: Messiaen, Berlioz, Prokofiev, Lawrence Power (viola), National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Royal Albert Hall, 9th August 2003 (CT)

PROM 26: Weir, Schumann, Shostakovich; Heinrich Schiff (cello); BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov. Royal Albert Hall, August 7th, 2003 (CC)

PROM 24: Richard Strauss; Dame Anne Evans, Rebecca Evans, Katarina Karnéus; Choristers of King's College, Cambridge; BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras/Stephen Cleobury conductors, Royal Albert Hall, 5th August 2003 (AR)

Prom Preview: HK Gruber on ‘Dancing in the Dark’ (MH)

PROM 15, Richard Strauss, Elektra, Soloists, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, RAH, 29th July 2003 (MB)

PROM 13: Haydn, Bartók, Copland, John Adams; Hélène Grimaud (pf), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Southend Girl’s Choir, Southend Boy’s Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, John Adams (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 27th July 2003 (AR)

PROM 10: Joe Duddell Première, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Colin Currie (percussion), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, RAH, 25th July 2003 (MB)

Prom Preview: Joe Duddell on ‘Ruby’ (MH)

PROM 9: James MacMillan Première, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall, 24thJuly, 2003 (MB)

PROM 4: Beethoven, Brahms, Rakhmaninov; Stephen Hough (pf); Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer (con), Royal Albert Hall, 21st July 2003 (AR)

PCM 1: Ligeti, Debussy, Britten, Farkas, Galliard Ensemble, Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Musuem, 21st July 2003 (MB)

PROM 3: Tippett, King Priam, soloists, BBC Singers, BBC national Orchestra of Wales, David Atherton, RAH, 20th July 2003 (MB)

PROM 2:‘The Nation’s Favourite Prom’ Royal Albert Hall, Saturday July 19th (ME)

PROM 1: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Lang Lang (pf), Irina Tchistyakova (mezzo sop), James Rutherford (bass), Simon Russell Beale (narrator), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales; Leonard Slatkin (con), Royal Albert Hall, 18th July, 2003 (AR)


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