Prom 49 was one of those Proms where I just think, eh. There was nothing wrong with any of the playing or the orchestra or anything, it just didn’t do it for me. Sometimes, you’ll get a Prom that’s like this, but there’ll be one standout piece, but here I didn’t even feel that that was the case. But, as they say, you can’t win them all. Robin Ticciati (who I must say, is rather good-looking) conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The first piece was Hector Berlioz’s overture for King Lear. This was good, but I think I was expecting something more.
Then it was ‘piano-move time’ for Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. This was very well played by soloist Stephen Hough. It is a popular piece, quite fast, and with lots of notes. This Proms season, around 20 of the most popular piano concertos are being performed, so this was one of them (I thought there’d been a lot of piano concertos this season, but hadn’t realised it was actually a thing!).
Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue – Canon and Fugue (orch. G. Benjamin) was the first piece after the interval. This is only the second time we’ve heard Bach this Proms season, so it was good to hear a bit of Bach and baroque.
The final piece for Prom 49 was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’. I do like this symphony and did enjoy this performance, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I particularly like the second and third movements, which are more dramatic and intense.