The Art of Conducting 2012 | Classical music reviews, news & interviews
The Art of Conducting 2012
For the third year running, we bring you Chris Christodoulou's wonderful images from the podium at the BBC Proms
The BBC Proms are steeped in traditions, many admirable, some arcane, the odd one ever so slightly maddening. In the short life of The Arts Desk - we turned three on Sunday, the day after the 2012 Proms season came to a close - another tradition has come into being. Every year we publish a gallery of portraits of conductors at work. These astonishing photographs are all by Chris Christodoulou, who has been capturing the Proms in pictures for 31 years.
These, it should be stated, are the images which are very much not released for use by the press after each Prom. And you can see why. They find conductors in a state of unvarnished passion, committed to communication but seen in perhaps less flattering light than they may wish. Christodoulou snaps them at the very moment their eyes are at their buggiest, their hair at its wildest, their face at its most gurning. For most of us conducting is a rarefied art whose finer subtleties, for all the efforts of the TV show Maestro to explain it, is sometimes difficult to grasp. These pictures say what a conductor does better than words ever can.
Subscribe to theartsdesk.com
Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £2.95 per month or £25 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.
To take an annual subscription now simply click here.
And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?
more Classical music
An evening which needed stronger works and more convincing playing
Orchestral music from Poland and Iceland, and Viennese classical string quartets
Meticulous readings of 20th-century masterworks
Rachmaninov's dark heart encapsulated in the London Philharmonic's festival finale
Merci, Pierre: the group he founded pays stylish homage
Bewitching pianism with powers of transformation make this an evening to remember
New chamber festival is a refreshing antidote to second-hand books
British symphonies, German violin concertos and a dark 20th-century opera
Rituals of savagery and grief from Stravinsky and Boulez
Reich and Korot's dynamic reflections on 'progress' get new life from a young ensemble
Passion and intensity in Barenboim’s Elgar, but often taken to excess
A Schubert rondo is the unscheduled highlight, but Barenboim's Strauss is all over the place