Last night of the Proms

September 08, 2012|By John E. McIntyre | The Baltimore Sun

Today is the last night of the Proms, and I will be at the paragraph factory instead of the Royal Albert Hall watching all the carrying-on. (Whom do I kid? If I were there, I'd be standing in Hyde Park or somewhere with the throng that couldn't get tickets.)

One of the highlights of the last night is a rousing performance of "Rule, Britannia." I have heard broadcasts or recordings of various artists, but my favorite is the 2009 performance by mezzo-sporano Sarah Connolly, dressed in a naval uniform of Nelson's era. It's a performance that is notable also for employment of Dr. Arne's original setting of the text.

You weren't there, and neither was I, but you can still watch it.

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