Cricket bats, tango and a giant banana make for a warm-hearted celebration

Balloons, beach balls, giant bananas: they’re all back in the arena The last night of the Proms.. So did the flags, or some of them.

But above all, the audience and performers have reunited at this strange British ritual music festival. And it was rarely so welcomed, and its mix-and-match program was almost surprisingly effective.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra shines best with exquisitely sophisticated singing voices from the socially distant BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus.

Sakari Oramo, the profound chief conductor of the BBCSO, presided over as a heartwarming presence in Debonair.

The world premiere opener was by Iranian-American composer Gitty Razaz. mother – Mother Earth, in effect – celebrates its relationship with nature and dances fluently between emotional states.

The second half began with a fascinating Juba dance from Symphony No. 1 By Florence Price, the first black female composer to be widely recognized in the 1930s.

Conductor Sakari Oramo (Photo: BBC / Chris Kristofferson)

This year’s 100th anniversary threw together Ruth Gipps of England, King of Argentine Tango, Astor Piazzolla, and Malcolm Arnold, who has finally begun to receive the full recognition he deserves.

his Variations on Ruth Gipps Theme It was a thick roller coaster that shined the spotlight on Gips’ own instrument, the oboe (BBCSO’s cheerful Alison Teale).

And the 20th anniversary of 9/11 triggered the inclusion of a new arrangement by hairdresser Jonathan Manners. Adagio, Mixing the string orchestra version with the rewrite of the composer’s chorus “Agnus Day”, incredibly improved both.

Master accordionist Ksenija Sidorova shows off the best tango star turn in Piazzolla Libertango With a properly flaming arrangement by John Renehan. Later, she and the tenor Stuart Skelton conveyed the spirit of the legendary tangero Aníbal Troilo, arranged by George Morton.

Despite the nasty moments of the high notes in Wagner in Part 1, the skeleton blossomed after the interval, smooth and reliable, and wept on the “I Still Call Australia Home” line. ..

A version of Lincolnshire’s folk song “Brigfair” for his fellow Australian Percy Grainger tenor and chorus sounds ideally alongside songs shot from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. rice field.

Still, when the skeleton reappeared as a bat-equipped “Rule Britannia!” Cricket player, several days, including myself, were rounded up.

Oramo’s short speech was the point: how lucky it is to have live music when many others can’t. I hope that the Proms will never be taken for granted here.

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