Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Last Week of the Proms

Well, this week is the last week of the Proms - I can't believe that the nine weeks of the Proms season have sped by so quickly!! There have been some truly splendid performances over the last eight weeks and this week will, I'm sure, be no different.

On Thursday night Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the BBC Philharmonic in a programme that starts with Schubert's Symphony No 8. As part of our Proms offer we have a recording of this work available at a special price on the BBC Phil label. If you enjoy the performance of Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic you may wish to explore some of their other recordings further; as part of our Proms Special Offer we have works by Karlowicz and Rachmaninoff available on Chandos.

Saturday night is the last Night of the Proms. The second item of the evening is Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien and at the Classical Shop you will find several recordings of this work in our Proms Special Offer.

The Programme of the second half of the evening is made up of everyone's favourites, and many of these again feature in our Proms Special Offer, among them such gems as Parry's 'Jerusalem', Arne's 'Rule Britannia', and Elgar's 'Land of Hope and Glory'.

I've spent a busy few months scouring our extensive repertoire at the Classical Shop - picking our the best of the crop for our proms promotion. But all good things must come to an end! And that goes for our proms promotion too.

Yes, our proms promotion is really coming to an end. Our popular proms offer will only be available until mid-September, so now's the time to log on the the Classical Shop and check out our Proms Promoation one last time. It could make a real difference to your music collection!

And do remember to let me know your thoughts on the music too. It would really help me make next years proms promotion even bigger and better.

Right, I'm off to find my flag ...   Now, where did I put it?

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Proms special offer includes a work which was performed on Tuesday evening this week - Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Avie has a live recording of this opera, which is sung in English and perfectly captures the work's magic.

On Thursday night Christian Curnyn conducted the Early Opera Company. Curnyn has been described by The Times as 'Our finest young Handelian', and he and his Early Opera Company have earned themselves a fine international  reputation as exponents of baroque repertoire. If  you have not heard any of their performances before, then you will find some fine examples of their work on the Chandos label. As part of the Proms promotional offer of The Classical Shop we have included The Judgement of Paris by John Eccles. The magazine BBC Music said of this recording: 'Christian Curnyn captures the unique charms of Eccle's music.' This recording is sure to delight.

I hope you have enjoyed this week's Proms.