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Proms 2018: Tansy Davies - What Did We See?; Jessica Wells - Rhapsody for solo oud; Joby Talbot - Ink Dark Moon (World Premières); Georg Friedrich Haas - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (UK Première) - 5:4
Every year the nature of the works premièred at the Proms – presumably due in part to the festival’s (i.e. the BBC’s) risk-averse emphasis on popularity and familiarity over challenge and provocation – veers wildly between extremes of light- and heavyweight fare. The most recent quartet of new works, considered together, are in many respects a vivid microcosm of this qualitative inconsistency. However, there’s a world of difference between a trifle and mere triviality. No-one would claim – least of … →