I love the concept of the Proms and have been attending (on a rather too infrequent basis) since childhood. It had been a couple of years since my last visit, and this was a relatively last minute trip which made it all the more exciting. There is always such a buzz inside the Royal Albert Hall and Prom 63 was no exception.
The evening began with Mozart’s ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’; which, for me at least, was a good overture to commence with but the real highlights of the concert were still to come. Japanese violinist Midori was absolutely sensational in Peter Eötvös’ ‘DoReMi’, a fantastic violin concerto from the Hungarian composer and it was the UK premiere of this work (which was first performed in Los Angeles in January). Apparently Eötvös composed DoReMi with Midori in mind, and this was very apparent in her performance. The second half of the concert was entirely devoted to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major, a tribute to Wagner (which means more to me now, having just returned from Germany including a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle which was built in Wagner’s honour). The Philharmonia Orchestra was expertly conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is reported to be a very demanding conductor to work with but the orchestra certainly rose to the challenge.
The 2013 BBC Proms are now nearly over, but do take the opportunity to hear one if you can