Royal Albert Hall, London
This was not like any orthodox Prom you might have seen, nor was it like any orthodox gig. A tie-in with the BBC's Bafta-winning nature series Human Planet
, it was an ambitious hybrid. Accompanying stunning footage from the series we had snippets of a Hollywood-style soundtrack (from Nitin Sawhney
's score), a tantalising trailer for a forthcoming BBC4 documentary (Scrapheap Orchestra), and a kind of mini-Womad (in the form of five world music guests).
Sawhney's score didn't always work. Aside from a beautiful miniature entitled Man and Nature
, most of it sounded a little pedestrian in isolation from the images. Fortunately, the rest of the show more than made up for this.
The guests were all artists featured in the series, playing music that seemed particularly attuned to an extreme landscape. There was the remarkable Rasmus Lyberth
from Greenland, whose huge, melismatic voice was backed by violin and accordion drones.