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Prom 13: Vexations and Devotions

July 23, 2007

Thoroughly Good food during Prom 13

One special night tonight, live from the Royal Albert Hall. *

Ooh .. I thought. I see the words “commission” and “premiere”. Those are the words which are, shamefully, irresistable. I imagine the possibility of actually going to the Royal Albert Hall to listen to a premiere and mingle with the great and the good during the interval with a gin and tonic, etc. If, indeed, the great and the good go to listen to Proms premieres. (Do they? I don’t know.)

The reality was somewhat different. I stood in the lounge watching TV and ironing shirts when I thought it would be really nice to sit and listen to Brett Dean’s Vexations and Devotions tonight.

Simon seemed easily persuaded. So we did (eventually) sit and listen to it as near to live as we possibly could. **

Really loved the movement with the soundtrack of the automated phone system. Really enjoyed that. The rest was really good too, just the most memorable one right now is the phone “one”.

Smashing short story about “Mr Onion” during the interval too. Really enjoyed that too. Didn’t expect to.

Didn’t stick around for the Beethoven Symphony in the second half. Somehow the prospect of Beethoven after that seemed a little dull and lifeless in comparison. Sorry to those in the BBC Symphony Orchestra who ploughed their way through it. I’m sure you were very good.

* Tonight’s live broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall was live as delivered to our Sky box but owing to the preparation of the smashing egg and bacon salad and a telephone conversation I was having with my mum at the same time, I reckoned it was best to start recording the concert and then start listening ten minutes later. So, it was kind of “live” tonight.

** See above (the bit with the one asterisk).

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One Comment
  1. David England permalink

    Glad you enjoyed Brett Dean’s “Vexations and Devotions” – I was worried that it might be the sort of piece that’s more fun to perform than to listen to.

    I enjoyed Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in the second half too. The least dull and least lifeless performance you can possibly imagine!

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