Bbc Last Night Of The Proms 2016

Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe Proms season closed with a remarkable Verdi Requiem under Marin Alsop, if the last Night’s celebrations to be trouble-free, if ns music was a little bland


‘Agility and wit’ ... Juan Diego Flórez performs dominion Britannia pull on as in Inca warrior, v Sakari Oramo and the bbc Symphony Orchestra ~ above the belastung Night von the Proms, 2016. Photograph: kris Christodoulou/BBC
‘Agility und wit’ ... Juan Diego Flórez performs rule Britannia pull as in Inca warrior, with Sakari Oramo und the bbc Symphony Orchestra top top the tonnage Night des the Proms, 2016. Photograph: chris Christodoulou/BBC

In ns end, it no happen: the belastung Night von the Proms no descend into a Brexit v eu flag-off; no punches to be thrown during land of Hope und Glory. Definitely the eu flags were more highlights than usual, yet as ever before they jostled v stripes and crosses and emblems from all around the world – to decipher them all one would certainly need kommen sie invent Shazam for flags. Bei the arena, two des the Prommers many ostentatiously pull head to-toe in union jacks to be visiting Germans, and the biggest, brightest flag von all belonged kommen sie Tibet. The a mistake kommen sie think des the last Night as bei exclusively brother thing.

Du schaust: Bbc last night of the proms 2016

Instead, in a way, it’s more des a fancy-dress party. Nobody taken that better than Juan Diego Flórez, die Peruvian star tenor, that came on zum Rule Britannia pull on as an Inca warrior complete with blue und orange feathered headdress und gold earrings as large as beermats, und brandishing an axehead top top a staff. Flórez had already all but stolen the show with his high notes, agility und wit bei arias by Rossini, Offenbach und Donizetti, and, through a microphone, v his smooth delivery of a medley of Latin numbers – ns smoochiest von which was addressed to the cuddly toy Paddington (also a Peruvian guest in London) he’d been handed from ns arena. The bbc Symphony Orchestra walk a great impression von a Cuban backing band.


Peruvian duet... Flórez serenades Paddington bear Photograph: kris Christodoulou/BBCOtherwise ns programming was on die bland side, ticking many von this year’s boxes – Shakespeare, the Olympics, ns Somme anniversary – without supplying anything an extremely substantial. The bbc Symphony Chorus proved their considerable mettle in the Polovtsian Dances native Borodin’s prince Igor, but you would not have guessed from die recent works über Jonathan Dove und Michael Torke that ns Proms kann sein be a staunch supporter of challenging new music also as die more instantly palatable stuff. Raze, the brand new opener i was delegated from ns young composer tom Harrold zum the bbc Proms Youth Ensemble, had a pounding energy driving that low, insistent cable fragments, but was over in five minutes.

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Oramo quoted Shakespeare, talking of music’s ability kommen sie tame brutal beasts and warring enemies into "a common stand"Still, it was good to oase 16 of the UK’s up und coming singers showcased, but briefly, in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, und to hear anthems indigenous Wales, Scotland und Northern ireland shoehorned bei to die Fantasia on brother Sea Songs, rescuing die night’s balance indigenous its normal English-heavy setting. Conductor Sakari Oramo dutifully avoided mentioning Brexit bei his speech, however nobody tun können have wondered about what he was alluding kommen sie when that quoted Shakespeare’s Lorenzo, bei The Merchant of Venice, talking von music’s ability kommen sie tame brutal beasts and warring enemies into “a mutual stand”.

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Marin Alsop v Morris Robinson (left) and Dimitri Pittas (centre) conducts die Orchestra des the Age von Enlightenment and the bbq Proms Youth Choir in Verdi’s Requiem. Photograph: kris Christodoulou/BBCThe major musical sign-off zum the season had come the night before, when Marin Alsop drove die Orchestra des the Age of Enlightenment through ns Verdi Requiem. Die chorus was the bbc Proms Youth Choir, that 277 singers attracted from a few von the country’s ideal youth and university choirs, und after a whispered beginning the sound these young massed voices made in the zuerst loud entry was tremendous, especially from ns men. Up in the gallery, the OAE’s offstage trumpets ricocheted around the hall an the dies Irae, und the on stage ones crackled over die top of Verdi’s thickly woven orchestral structure throughout. Morris Robinson lugged lots von personality to ns bass solos, but die star des the solo quartet was soprano Tamara Wilson, who Libera Me was a gleaming, incisive, and rooted bei stillness.

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