The Guardian festival blog: Proms 2019 comment: There’s little here to challenge or feel exceptional | Music

If the content of last year’s Proms, the second season under the aegis of director David Pickard, was dominated by its obligation to mark a number of significant anniversaries, especially the centenary of the end of the first world war, there are no such overriding imperatives this time. It may be 150 years since Hector Berlioz died and the founder of the Proms, Henry Wood, was born, and both are duly recognised, but otherwise there are no musical anniversaries demanding fulsome tributes, and with the Beethoven anniversary (the 250th of his birth) likely to overwhelm everything else next year, then the 2019 summer season should have been the chance for Pickard to show just how enterprising he could be, with a programme covering all the necessary musical bases and offering a wide range of both mainstream repertoire and less familiar works, both old and new.

Karina Canellakis, who will conduct the first night

Karina Canellakis, who will conduct the first…


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