Prom 30: Smooth operation: the Frank Sinatra Prom

Indelibly associated with the glamourous world of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, this music feels comfortable, wonderfully easy to listen to. But behind each swelling chord, there’s a great deal of structural detail; behind each sparkling cymbal, a controlled touch of finesse. John Wilson’s discipline and passion for this music shone out in a crystal-clear rendition of each track, lovingly detailed but never relaxing into the self-indulgence of nostalgia.

The big name of the night was Seth MacFarlane, well known to younger generations through the phenomenally successful, bitingly sarcastic cartoon Family Guy, and also becoming an increasingly familiar face at the Proms (this was MacFarlane’s third appearance to date in the Nation’s Village Hall).

Click here to read my full review on Bachtrack.


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