if you aren't listening to BBC Proms, you must live under a rock

We are now two and a half weeks into this year's BBC Proms and if you haven't heard of it before, you are in for a treat. Short for "The Henry Woods Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC", BBC Proms is an eight week classical music festival that takes place every year at Royal Albert Hall in London. Each season averages around 70 symphonic concerts as well as assorted chamber concerts and music in the parks around London.

Highlights of the current season include Daniel Barenboim presenting the complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Berlioz's The Trojans and an entire night of modern music with the Kronos Quartet. Another upside of Proms is you will hear works by composers that don't often make it into the concert hall, or even lesser known works by your favorite composers. The program listings for the entire festival can be seen here. You can stream concerts from the last seven days.

To set the mood, here's Mahler's re-orchestration of Schumann's "Manfred Overture" performed at BBC Proms 2010. Featuring Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.*

*Note, since this video was posted, it has since been made private and can no longer be watched. I wasn't able to find another video of that performance, but since I love the Manfred Overture so much, here is another video of it, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yondani Butt.

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At this time, Yondani Butt doesn't have any recordings of the Manfred Overture (though he has recorded Schumann's first and second symphonies with LSO)...so this recording is from 2008 with the London Symphony Orchestra.