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Format: 2015-02-01
Format: 2015-02-01
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    7 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Rachmaninoff and Enescu | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrei Bondarenko, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Nikolay Nekrasov’s poem The Verdant Noise told of a jealous husband intent on murdering his unfaithful wife, only to be stopped in his tracks by the onset of spring. The idea of rebirth, renewal and the fresh blossoming of life swerved the murderous husband and inspired Rachmaninoff to create his first large-scale choral work – his cantata Spring – where choral fervour and orchestral glistening make for some of the composer’s most affecting and descriptive music. After it, Vladimir Jurowski conducts Romanian George Enescu’s emotionally intense Third Symphony – a brooding, heroic and triumphant work for huge symphony orchestra and wordless chorus written at the height of the First World War.

    3 Russian Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Spring
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 3
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
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    7 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Havant Chamber Orchestra
    Cordelia Williams, Havant Chamber Orchestra, Robin Browning
    Ferneham Hall Fareham PO16 7DB
    United Kingdom

    Robin Browning returns to conduct The Havant Chamber Orchestra with Cordelia Williams (whose previous appearance was thwarted by snow in 2010).

    Free parking and Licensed Bar. You may pre-order your interval drinks.

    Overture from Der Schauspieldirektor, 'The Impresario'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Intermezzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 99 in E flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    11 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Vinogradov, Anna Samuil, Daniil Shtoda, Jorge Luis Prats, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Konstantin Balmont’s Russian take on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Bells was a perfect find for Rachmaninoff. It combined his fascination with fate and eternity with ideas ripe for musical conversion – the mysterious sound world of bells and his own preoccupation with the twisting, haunting plainchant theme, the Dies Irae. His setting of the poem in a vast choral symphony depicted the silvery brightness of birth, the golden browns of marriage, the dark stillness and muted serenity of peace through death. Vasily Petrenko conducts The Bells after the fascinating syncopations of Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Rachmaninoff’s own soaring, life-changing Second Piano Concerto.

    Symphony in 3 Movements
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in C minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    The Bells
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    9 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra with Natalie Clein
    Alexander Dmitriev, Natalie Clein, Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    BRIT Award-winning cellist Natalie Clein, described by The Times as a ‘mesmerising’ cellist who ‘plays everything with passion’, guarantees an unforgettable performance of Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, considered to be the greatest of all cello concertos.

    Formed in 1931 and initially called the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra became revolutionary in the major Russian city now known as St Petersburg, for broadcasting music during World War II.

    Tonight the orchestra, conducted by Alexander Dmitriev, performs Tchaikovsky’s sixth and final symphony, which brings with it a number of emotions. The composition premiered just nine days before the composer’s death and has since stirred much speculation, due to its unusual form and level of intensity. The composer hinted to his friends and admirers that the work might contain secret messages, but he never told them what they were. ‘Let them guess,’ he said.

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15

    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in A minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    6 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Boris Giltburg (piano) - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Boris Giltburg
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1984 in Moscow, Boris Giltburg began his piano studies with his mother at the age of five. In 2013 he received First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, as a result of which his already flourishing international career has been catapulted to a new level, with a packed diary of additional concert engagements across the flobe. In the same year he was nominated for a Classic Brit (Critics' Award).

    Since his breakthrough appearance with the Philharmonia in 2007, Giltburg has been an annual visitor to the Royal Festival Hall in London, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2010 with the BBC Scottish Symphony.

    We are delighted to present Boris as the first artist of our Emerging Artist Platform.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Sonata for Piano No 3 in F minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in D minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    6 Moments Musicaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    7 February 2015 - 2:00pm
    Britten Sinfonia Family Concert: I want my hat back
    Britten Sinfonia, Hannah Conway
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    The bear's hat is gone and he wants it back!

    Following its premiere at the BBC Proms join Britten Sinfonia and presenter Hannah Conway for this interactive family concert based on Jon Klassen's charming picture book, I Want My Hat Back. Featuring music by Debussy, Beethoven, Elgar and Gershwin plus songs to sing-a-long to, this colourful performance is a perfect introduction to orchestral msuic for the young.

    Suitable for children aged 3-7
    Concert duration approx 60mins

    There will be two performances: 2pm and 4pm

    Image reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA © 2011 by Jon Klassen.

    I want my hat back
    Hannah Conway ()
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    1 February 2015 - 3:00pm
    Dunk conducts Dvorák with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
    Roderick Dunk, Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Veronika Shoot
    Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU
    United Kingdom

    Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, was an instant commercial and critical success. It retells the Biblical story of the Jewish captivity in Babylon. The overture provides a dramatic assortment of themes, mainly from the famous choruses.

    The rich, glorious legacy of 18th century music provides the starting point for Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 4, but the boundaries of form are pushed in unexpected directions. Beethoven plays with traditional expectations by developing small melodic cells and rhythmic patterns in surprising ways. He devises absorbing dialogues between the piano and orchestra, which have a conversational character, creating convincing musical arguments.

    Melodies simply pour out of much of Dvorák’s music, not least in his gorgeous Eighth Symphony. It’s packed full of flowing, Romantic tunes, which are skilfully bound together and brought to life with spontaneous bursts of instrumental colour. The composer balances satisfying structures with attractive pictorial elements inspired by the rolling hills around his home in Iowa.

    Free pre-concert talk by Derek Watmough MBE, 2.15pm

    Overture from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    10 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Rosenblatt Recitals - Saimir Pirgu (tenor) and Simon Lepper (piano)
    Saimir Pirgu, Simon Lepper
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Since his first Rosenblatt Recital in 2004, Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu has blossomed to become “one of the world's most important interpreters of lyric tenor roles” (Opera Today). A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera, “his singing sounds spontaneous and unforced, graced by an intuitive play of light and shade and a silken touch ” (New York Times).

    “His technique is superb, and the lyric quality of his voice is so beautiful.” Placido Domingo

    Per la gloria d'adorarvi from Griselda
    Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)
    O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
    Già il sole dal gange from L'honestà negli amori
    Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
    Dalla sua pace from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Fuor del Mar from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Questa o quella from Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Ah, la paterna mano from Macbeth
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Ah! Leve toi soleil! from Roméo et Juliette
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    Fjalet e qiririt
    Limoz Dizdari (1942-)
    Dua me shume Shqiperine
    Traditional Albanian ()
    Del piu sublime soglio from La Clemenza di Tito
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    E la solita storia del pastore from L'Arlesiana
    Francesco Cilea (1866-1950)
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    1 February 2015 - 11:00am
    I Fagiolini | A Tale of Four Cities - 4: Ingatestone
    Anna Crookes, Charles Gibbs, I Fagiolini, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long, Robert Hollingworth
    The Great Hall, Jesmond Dene House Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 2EY
    United Kingdom

    By the 1590s, William Byrd was unquestionably England’s greatest composer but, as a Catholic in Protestant England, was interrogated and prosecuted, despite Queen Elizabeth I’s personal protection. But Byrd, the ‘father of music’, continued to write for the Catholic church in his ‘retirement’ in the tiny village of Stondon Massey in Essex, near his patron’s home, Ingatestone. These works were performed in secret, ever fearful of the arrival of Walsingham’s secret police. This concert presents Byrd’s peerless Mass for four voices, motets and readings from the time.

    Grounded in the classics of the Renaissance and twentieth-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative staged productions. The group has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premièred The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. I Fagiolini has performed worldwide from BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center Festival to the Far East and Africa.

    Kyrie Eleison from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Gloria from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Deus venerunt gentes
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Credo from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ne Irascaris, Domine
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Agnus Dei from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Why do I use my paper, ink and pen
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
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    11 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Florin Ensemble - Newcastle International Chamber Music Series
    Alistair Scahill, Catherine Rimer, Charles Mutter, Florin Ensemble
    The Sage Gateshead Gateshead NE8 2JR
    United Kingdom

    "The Florin Ensemble boasts the outstanding trio of Charles Mutter (violin), Alistair Scahill (viola) and Catherine Rimer (cello) and has an acclaimed reputation as one of our leading chamber outfits.” - The Musician 2013

    “A fine intense performance” that “bears witness to the mastery of the three players” - Gramophone 2012.

    Florin Ensemble has a string trio at its heart and performs a wide range of chamber music, from the core trio repertoire to larger scale works, joining forces with distinguished guests. Its members all have strong chamber music backgrounds and lead diverse professional lives elsewhere; Charles as Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Alistair as one of London’s top freelance viola players and Catherine as guest principal with leading ensembles on ‘period’ instruments. Drawing together these varied influences, Florin creates thought-provoking interpretations with a distinctive sense of common musicianship.

    String Trio in B Flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Movement for String Trio
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Trio No 1 in C
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Divertimento for String Trio in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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