Music: The Tastemaker

Since the war, a favorite target of English music critics has been the popular Promenade Concerts at London's Albert Hall. In haphazard programs that sometimes seemed as much a period piece as the hall itself, they rarely offered any modern music more controversial than, say, Vaughan Williams in one of his more idyllic moods. But now the critics are cheering the "Proms"−and so is a new set of fans. This summer Albert Hall is echoing to 50 works entirely new to Prom audiences−some of them classical, some contemporary, but all demonstrating what Guardian...

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