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Worst-run orchestra makes BBC Proms debut

April 19, 2018 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


We have regaled you for several years with the comic maladministration of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, a Geneva ensemble that achieved world fame under Ernst Ansermet and subsequently subsided into provincialism.

Latest reports from Geneva suggest that the company may be undergoing a slow recovery in the hands of the partner of a talented young conductor. One sign of its revival is a spot at the BBC Proms in the orchestra’s centenary year.

Other visiting orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko – whom Proms bosses turned down just three years ago – Rotterdam with Yannick, Musica Aeterna with Currentzis, Minnesota with Vanska, Paavo Järvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra, along with Boston, Baltimore, Bergen and Budapest.

Full programme now online.

 


Comments (3)

  1. Steve says:

    Hard to believe that this orchestra of such historical significance never debuted at the Proms…

  2. Sue says:

    They should be called the ‘Poms”!!!

  3. David Hilton says:

    “Other visiting orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko – whom Proms bosses turned down just three years ago” . . . umm, not exactly. The Munich Opera orchestra was turned down, NOT the Berlin Philharmonic.


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