Now the Proms are finally underway (sort of) and coming through steadily on iPlayer, here’s a chance to highlight particular Proms or parts thereof that we’ve enjoyed.
I’ll start with a mention for the LSO/Rattle gig from last Sunday. The opening Gabrieli is a fun start, Uchida’s Moonlight Sonata is delicately profound and the piano isn’t very close-miked which makes it sound even more ethereal. The Kurtag has an eccentric charm that I’m enjoying… and that’s as far as I’ve got so far. I’m looking forward to the Beethoven and Ades.
The sound is, as always with the Beeb, rather good. I’m listening to it in Pro-Logic II (LPCM feed from the TV via optical) and the Kurtag and Gabrieli in particular are using the rear channels very tastefully and effectively.