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Format: 2015-04-19
Format: 2015-04-19
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: The Miracle of the Rose
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen, Timothy Lines
    CBSO Centre Birmingham B1 2LF
    United Kingdom

    The only Birmingham concert of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s 2014/15 season with the masterful Oliver Knussen at the helm, sets three American works (Stravinsky was a naturalised U.S. citizen by the time he wrote Septet in 1953) alongside two by German composers – including a world premiere from Arne Gieshoff.

    The most substantial piece in the programme, Henze’s 40-minute Le Miracle de la Rose, is a musical evocation of a literary work of the same title by the French poet and playwright Jean Genet. The poetic content is transposed entirely into instrumental terms, with the exceptional Timothy Lines as soloist evoking the principal characters: the sixteen-year-old murderer Harcomone who awaits execution (solo clarinet); and the poet himself (bass clarinet).

    Many of the other thirteen instruments represent figures from the Genet book – the judge expresses himself through the trumpet, the priest is represented by the horn, the trombone stands for the lawyer, while the heckelphone stands for the executioner.

    Of the American modernist composers to emerge in the second half of the 20th century, George Perle proved to be one of the most delectable craftsmen. Born in 1915, his first encounter with the music of Schoenberg in the late 1930s made a profound impression, ultimately leading him to develop his own rich and complex musical language. His late works Critical Moments (1996) andCritical Moments 2 (2001) are collections of pithy movements (six and nine respectively) in which flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion exchange piquant thematic fragments.

    There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould and Arne Gieshoff. Open to all ticket holders.

    Septet
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Critical Moments
    George Perle (1915-)
    Critical Moments 2
    George Perle (1915-)
    Le miracle de la rose
    Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Escher String Quartet
    Escher Quartet
    Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU
    United Kingdom

    In 2013, the Escher String Quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant and according to the Guardian, they are ‘clearly one of the finest quartets of their generation’. Obviously, we are very proud that they will be performing in Loughborough this spring! In their concert they will take us on a musical travel through time. The quartet will be performing a romantic piece by Schubert (which he wrote at the young age of 16!), an intimate and mysterious work from the 1900s by Sibelius and a more modern part (1925) by a Schönberg inspired Berg. A diverse programme that will show the great virtuosity of the musicians and will show why the name Escher fits this ensemble so well; just like Escher’s art this quartet consist of individual parts that come together to form a magical and enchanting whole.

    Lyric Suite for String Quartet
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    String Quartet No 10 in E flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    String Quartet in D minor, 'Voces Intimae'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Royal Fireworks Music - by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Geoffrey Coates, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Richard Fomison, Richard Thomas
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Music for the Royal Fireworks
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Water Music Suite No 1 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto in C for Two Trumpets
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Oboe No 3 in G minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:15pm
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chloë Hanslip, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    To hear great Czech musicians play repertoire from their homeland is an experience never to be forgotten: the rhythms have a particular snap and the melodies an idiomatic lilt that no-one else can achieve. Expect fireworks, then, from maestro Jirí Belohlàvek and his outstanding Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as they perform masterpieces by their compatriots, concluding with Dvorak’s folk-inspired Symphony No.7. They’re joined by the exciting young soloist Chloë Hanslip for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

    Overture from The Bartered Bride
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    25 April 2015 - 6:30pm
    Mahler's Symphony No 2, transcribed for organ
    Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, David Briggs, Phillipa Thomas, Rachel Bowden, Stephen Cleobury
    King's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1ST
    United Kingdom
    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection', transcribed for organ
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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    26 April 2015 - 6:30pm
    Forest Philharmonic plays The Planets
    David Carter, Deutscher Chor London, Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Shanahan
    Walthamstow Assembly Hall London E17 4SY
    United Kingdom

    David Carter has been playing the tuba in Forest Philharmonic for many years, and it seemed appropriate in our 50th anniversary season to feature such a long-standing member of the orchestra. A tuba concerto has to be worth seeing, and this one has been written especially for and is dedicated to David and the orchestra.

    Cockaigne Overture
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Tuba Concerto No 2
    Derek Bourgeois (1941-)
    The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
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    23 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    Parnassius Piano Duo
    Hiroaki Takenouchi, Parnassius Piano Duo, Simon Callaghan
    Pittville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
    United Kingdom

    Since meeting in 2003 at the Royal College of Music, these two young pianists have had a thriving partnership. They have given concerts not only throughout the UK but also in Europe and Japan.

    Piano Duet in E flat major
    Muzio Clementi (1762-1832)
    Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in E flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonata in C, 'Grand Duo'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    29 April 2015 - 12:00pm
    Mahler's Resurrection Symphony | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Erin Wall, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    A man stands alone at the grave of a friend. Shattered by grief, he shakes his fist at the heavens, and takes the first step on a journey that will take him to the end of the world itself. This is Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, and if it sounds incredible on paper, just wait till you hear it live! It’s quite simply overwhelming – and if you only know it from recordings, you haven’t really heard it at all. Sir Andrew Davis, whose association with Liverpool spans back to the early 1960s, joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, two A-list singers and a full orchestra, prepare yourself for this poignant symphony.

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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    27 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Roland Perrin: Lansky, the Mob's Money Man
    Crouch End Festival Chorus, David Temple, Rachel Sutton, Roland Perrin and The Blue Planet Orchestra
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In this vibrant concert drama, composer and jazz musician Roland Perrin spotlights the remarkable life of mobster Meyer Lansky – a key player in the criminal underworld who built an international gambling empire. Infused with Klezmer, New York and Cuban jazz styles, it is a vivid portrait of the ‘Mob’s Accountant’.

    A brilliant mathematician, Meyer Lansky was a major organised crime figure from the 1920s to the 1960s who developed an international gambling empire and was never caught with blood on his hands. His life was interesting, from fleeing pogroms in Russia as a boy to getting involved in crime from 16 years old on the streets of New York's Lower East Side and then rising to the top of the underworld. He was also involved in violently disrupting rallies held by Nazi sympathisers in New York.

    Crouch End Festival Chorus musical director David Temple says:
    "I am always on the lookout for fascinating subjects for commissions, and the life of Meyer Lansky is just perfect. Roland Perrin’s experience and ability in the world of jazz, both as a performer and a composer, will provide us with a work the like of which choirs have never experienced before. I simply can’t wait to get started on it…"

    Lansky, the Mob's Money Man
    Roland Perrin ()
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    St George's Day Celebration | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Duncan Riddell, Nick Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Baths Hall Scunthorpe DN15 7RG
    United Kingdom

    Come and celebrate St George's Day with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing music by some of England's finest composers.

    Following our hugely successful performances in 2014, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are delighted to be returning to The Baths Hall for a sensational season of classical concerts in 2015. Known as the ‘Nation’s Favourite Orchestra’, they are delighted to be returning to Scunthorpe with an exciting programme which is full of musical colour. We hope you can join us.

    On Saturday 25 April, our new season opens with a St George’s Day Concert, filled with music by some of England’s finest composers, including Vaughan Williams’s tributes to pastoral England: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending and Elgar’s patriotic Pomp and Circumstance March.

    Crown Imperial - Coronation March
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Pomp and Circumstance
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Cockaigne, 'In London Town'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Music for the Royal Fireworks
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    The Dam Busters March
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
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