That Rattle concert sounds interesting especially for the Ligeti and Sibelius. Schuman is a fascinating composer. I haven't yet cracked some of his music like his later symphonies but they are solid pieces of music. Schuman's 4th is becoming a favorite of mine. Just received a new performance of it today on Albany Records that was fantastic. It's in three-movement form and has a structure of fast/slow/fast. Really exciting piece of music. Tippett has proven to be a wonderful rediscovery for me. He's also opened the doors for me to begin appreciating the later generation of British composers.
I guess you're going to finish Wagner's Ring before moving onto anything else. Karajan's performance of Gotterdammerung is simply outstanding. You'll really enjoy this, Daniel.
Certainly, John! I cannot express how excited I am about possibly seeing the BPO live! You should have seen how excited I was when I saw the Philharmonie concert hall in the distance when I was in Berlin on a history school trip.... and that's just the hall! To see the orchestra would be.... :O I so hope that we get tickets!!!!!!
Glad to hear you are enjoying Schuman, John. I am really looking forward to exploring this composer! And yes, Tippett too!
Thank you, John. I look forward to it very much....!
By the way, something you may be interested in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2012/categories/proms-on-tv
You may not be able to be here for the actual concerts, but there are many I know you'd love to see and you may be able to access these ones as they are to be broadcast on television, and therefore uploaded to the BBC Iplayer website if you can get hold of it! Worth a try!!