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      Prom 58: Salome review intense, unsparing and magnificent

      Royal Albert Hall, London
      Nina Stemme's radiant Salome stole the show as Donald Runnicles treated Strauss lovers to a delicious rarity

      It was Strauss weekend at the Proms, with performances on consecutive days of the composer's two most intense operas, both involving a crazed soprano and an orchestra at the limits. First came Salome, with the forces of the Deutsche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles. If any diehard Strauss lovers had been disappointed that the Proms was celebrating the composer's 150th anniversary with the best-known operas rather than with resuscitated rarities, they won't be feeling let down after this.

      At the centre of it all was Nina Stemme, whose magnificent performance reinforced her reputation as the finest Salome of today. Owning the platform, she gave us all the character's Wildean complexity obsessed, insecure, worldly, petulant, terrified, triumphant and never sounded less than radiant. There were no props in what was basically a choreographed concert rather than any kind of staging, so no severed head for her to caress in the final scene. But as she kissed the air, and her voice blossomed into one last magnificent crescendo, you could almost believe the head was there, dripping blood on to the front row.

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      Neil Young said to be prepping orchestral album entitled Storytone

      Fans have observed a big clue on the official website of composer Chris Walden, who notes arrangements for an upcoming Young album, out in November

      Neil Young is reportedly prepping a new, orchestral album for release in November. Said to be titled Storytone, the singers second release of 2014 comes as he negotiates a divorce from Pegi, his wife of 36 years.

      Although Young has yet to officially announce this 35th long-player, fans observed a big clue on the official website of Chris Walden, a German-born composer and arranger: among Waldens recent projects, he notes arrangements for an upcoming Neil Young album, Storytone (out Nov 4). Since then, ABC News Radio has drawn attention to the Facebook page of music contractor Gina Zimmitti, who posted photos of Walden and Youngs recent recording sessions.

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      Prom 57 review Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of Mahler

      A rushed performance of Mahler's Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best

      "It is an enormous piece and it makes a lot of noise," is how conductor Daniel Harding, not without humour, describes Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, a work with which he enjoys a long association. As as teenage trumpeter with the National Youth Orchestra, he played in the off-stage band in their Prom performance in 1992. This year's visit with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, of which he is now music director, allowed us to hear his own interpretation of the work. It found neither the conductor nor his orchestra at their best.

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