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Format: 2014-09-15
Format: 2014-09-15
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    Sat, 2014-09-20 11:00
    Leicester International Music Festival 2014, Event 7 - Coffee concert
    Catherine Leonard, Charles Owen, Guy Johnston, Katya Apekisheva, Leicester International Music Festival Ensemble, Marina Chiche, Philip Dukes
    New Walk Museum and Art Gallery Leicester LE1 7EA
    United Kingdom

    For the 2014 Leicester International Music Festival, Artistic Director Nicholas Daniel writes, 'I have decided to focus on the music of what is now known as the Czech Republic. Featured composers include some surprising names as well as the famous Smetana, Janacek and Dvorak. Mahler, Biber, Hummel, Krommer, Stamitz (who was hugely influential in the development of the symphony) all had roots in this highly musical part of the world. The Czechs really cherish their composers and their musical past.

    The Festival aims to show the huge range and depth of Czech composers and their music, with a special focus on Dvorak, whose chamber music has such a pleasing mix of the dramatic and lyrical as well as perhaps the most natural integration of folk style of any composer.

    You will find Janacek of course, a little Martinu, Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas (whose Suite is one of the most powerful pieces I play), Misek, Erwin Schulhoff, and Suk. I have included two short pieces from Lukas Sommer, a very fine young Czech composer I came across a while ago, who will be present at the Festival. I am also featuring Biber, a composer from earlier times (NOT Justin!!), whose Passacaglia for solo violin I have completely fallen in love with.

    We welcome some new faces to the Festival Ensemble this year as well as some old friends*. They are amongst the finest musicians I know. We are expecting great things of the renovated Art Gallery at New Walk Museum, and will be so happy to be 'home' again after two years away.'

    * Performers at this year's Festival include Catherine Leonard and Marina Chiche (violins), Philip Dukes (viola), Guy Johnston (cello), Zoran Markovic (double bass), Emer McDonough (flute), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Chen Halevi (clarinet), Bram van Sambeek (bassoon), Martin Owen (horn), and Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva (piano).

    Coffee and homemade cakes will be available for purchase from the Museum Cafe before and after the concert.

    Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Déjà vu for violin and piano, in memoriam Maurice Ravel
    Lukáš Sommer ()
    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
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    Tue, 2014-09-16 19:30
    Sir James and Lady Galway at St John's Smith Square
    Christopher O'Neal, Howard Moody, Jan Peter Schmolck, John Lubbock, Lady Jeanne Galway, Makin Sekiya, Orchestra of St John's, Sir James Galway
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    Sir James Galway needs no introduction. Regarded as the best flautist in the world, he is one of those rare classical artists that have attracted audiences far beyond devotees of classical music. With his wife, Lady Jeanne, he has toured every corner of the earth, delighting people with his infectious enthusiasm. Lady Jeanne Galway has an international career of her own as a solo flautist playing in all the great centres of music, as a member of the trio Zephyr and as a renowned teacher.

    Few musical works are as loved as the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach. These works display a lighter side of Bach's genius. They came into being as a gift for the Margrave of Brandenburg but he never thanked Bach for his work or paid him. He would have been surprised to see them become a benchmark of Baroque music and still have the power to move people almost three centuries later. They will provide a fantastic showcase for the Galways to demonstrate their virtuoso playing skills.

    Maki Sekiya will perform the Bach piano concerto.

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in F minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Fri, 2014-09-19 13:00
    Lunchtime Recital - Arias and Duets
    Kate Howden, Sachika Taniyama, Sarah Baillie
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Sarah, Kate and Sachika met whilst studying for their Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.

    Sarah Baillie is a London-based soprano who until recently was training with ENO as part of their 'Opera Works' program. Prior to this she trained as a mezzo-soprano at the Royal Academy of Music with Sarah Walker and Audrey Hyland where she graduated with distinction and a DipRAM.

    Australian mezzo-soprano Kate Howden is studying with Royal Academy Opera, where she is supported by the Matthew and Sally Ferrey scholarship and the Jennie Blythe scholarship. Recent roles include Isolier (Count Ory), Cendrillon, Hansel and Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia). Kate is grateful for support from the Australian Music Foundation (with the Riddiford Trust), a Help Musicians UK Licette Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Tait Memorial Trust.

    Born in Japan but raised in Birmingham, Sachika has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room. She is an official accompanist at the RAM and GSMD, and won the Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform Competition with Kangmin Justin Kim. Sachika studied with Charles Owen at the GSMD and with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy. She teaches at St Paul's Cathedral School and is a member of faculty of The Piano Week in North Wales.

    Ah guarda, sorella from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Die Schwestern from 4 Duets
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Seit ich ihn gesehen from Frauenliebe und -leben
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Verzagen (Dejection) from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Nocturne No 17 in B major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    La Nuit
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Crude Furie from Serse, 'Xerxes'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    L’empio rigor del fato from Rodelinda
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Mira, O Norma from Norma
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    We are women from Candide
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
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    Fri, 2014-09-19 13:00
    Lunchtime recital - The Decibelles Brass Ensemble
    The Decibelles
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    This is an ensemble of the finest young female brass players in London

    The Decibelles Theme
    Dani Howard ()
    Jubilate Deo
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Excerpts from Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Music for the Royal Fireworks
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    Tue, 2014-09-23 19:30
    Tianwa Yang performs Brahms's Violin Concerto
    Christian Mandeal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tianwa Yang
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    When Beethoven's imagination was caught by Goethe's play, Egmont, his adopted home of Vienna had been occupied by the French. The play's themes of personal and national freedom resonated with Beethoven's circumstances and views, inspiring some stirring incidental music, with this perfectly paced Overture combining drama, lyricism and, ultimately, victory.

    Egmont hailed from Flemish Europe, and out concert heads in that direction with music by Belgian composer César Franck, whose D minor Symphony is a tour do force of suspenseful intrigue and lush orchestration. These works frame Brahms' Violin Concerto, performed by exceptional young violinist Tianwa Yang, which moves from a noble opening movement to the gorgeous Adagio, followed by an energetic finale.

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony in D minor
    César Franck (1822-1890)
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    Fri, 2014-09-19 20:00
    Maggini String Quartet - Benslow Music International Concert Series
    David Angel, Julian Leaper, Maggini Quartet, Martin Outram, Michal Kaznowski
    Peter Morrison Hall, Benslow Music Trust Hitchin SG4 9RB
    United Kingdom

    Programme included in ticket price; licensed bar; accessible parking

    String Quartet in F Minor 'Razor'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 2
    William Mathias (1934-1992)
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    Sat, 2014-09-20 19:30
    Griffin Turner Duo
    Frances Griffin, Griffin Turner Duo, Leo Turner
    English Martyrs Church Gloucester GL4 0NX
    United Kingdom

    Due to the success of last years's concert the duo are back performing an evening of Spanish, classical and Latin music for two guitars. Frances Griffin and Leo Turner have performed extensively throughout Britain and Europe.They are especially well known in the Midlands for their monthly lunchtime concerts at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. For more information about the duo and this concert please go to our website.

    "Playing of striking sensitivity" - Guitar International

    "These two artists play with an impressive feeling for style" - Birmingham Post.

    Spanish Dance No 1 from La Vida Breve
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Córdoba from 'Cantos de España', arranged for Guitars
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Tango, Milonga y Final
    Maximo Diego Pujol (1957-)
    Spanish Dance No 10, 'Danza triste: Allegretto' from 12 Spanish Dances
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
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    Wed, 2014-09-17 19:30
    Trittico recital
    John Anderson, Nancy Ruffer, Sophia Rahman, Trittito
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Three internationally renowned musicians have joined together to form the versatile and exciting group Tritto. As well as being committed to championing new repertoire for flute, oboe and piano, they also perform composers ranging from Bach to Debussy. In this concert they will be performing several pieces written especially for them, as well as pieces by early 20th Century composers Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten.

    Nanct Rutter specializes in contemporary flute repertoire and has had many pieces written for her and given numerous first performances. She has performed in festivals and concert halls throughout Britain and abroad.
    John Anderson began his career when he joined the Suisse Romande Orchestra at the age of 20. He currently combines positions as principal oboist of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with concerto and recital work. He teaches at The Royal College of Music.
    Sophia Rahman's career as a pianist encompasses solo, chamber and coaching activities. She has acted as official accompanist for IMS/Prussia Cove, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition and the Samling Foundation, and is a founder member of the acclaimed Plane/Dukes/Rahman Trio.

    The Club's exclusive bar and lounge are open for the enjoyment of ticketholders an hour before the performance. The performers also invite you to join them there after the performance.

    Multiple Dances
    Sadie Harrison (1965-)
    red over black
    Ian Wilson (1964-)
    Little Russian Dance
    Robert Keeley ()
    John Hopkins (1949-)
    Not This
    Jenni Roditi (1961-)
    James Hawkins (1662-1729)
    Pieskarieni (touches) for solo oboe
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
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    Thu, 2014-09-18 19:00
    Vivaldi's Griselda | Opera Settecento
    Andrew Watts, Erica Eloff, Hilary Summers, Kiandra Howarth, Opera Settecento, Orchestra of Opera Settecento, Ronan Busfield, Tom Foster, Tom Verney
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Just as Handel was not merely a composer of oratorio and music to be performed on a ceremonial barge, there is so much more to Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) than 'The Four Seasons'. One of the best preserved of Vivaldi’s fifty or so operatic scores is 'Griselda' which was premiered in 1735 at Ascensiontide in Venice.

    'Griselda' was performed for the first time in the modern era at Buxton Opera House in 1983 since when it hasn’t received further performances in the United Kingdom. Opera Settecento’s performance is the UK premiere of the scholarly edition of “Griselda,” produced by G Ricordi and Co of Milan. Although 'Griselda' (like much opera seria of the 18th century) has not yet entered the operatic canon, two arias from the opera have become popular concert pieces, thanks to singers such as Cecilia Bartoli and Simone Kermes. These are 'Agitata da due venti' from Act 2 and 'Dopo un'orrida procella' from Act 3. The edition Opera Settecento is using was first recorded by the Vivaldi Edition on the Naïve label in 2006.

    Although we think of Vivaldi as a Venetian composer, because he was of humble birth and a compositional maverick, he was excluded for thirty years by the patrician impresarios who ran the public theatres in Venice. Grimani, the 18th century equivalent of Cameron Mackintosh, aware that ticket sales in his group of theatres were falling whereas Vivaldi, now in his fifties, had enjoyed considerable success at theatres in Verona and Vicenza, finally invited him into the fold.

    For his debut at the Teatro San Samuele, Vivaldi chose the libretto by Apostelo Zeno about a queen who was bullied for her humble origins. The young, happening poet, Goldoni was employed to bring the libretto up-to-date. Grimani’s hand is also visible in the choice of cast. His theatres were struggling in part because of extortionate fees charged by the celebrity castrati such as Caffarelli and Carestini. In 'Griselda' Vivaldi put his protegée, Anna Girò, who had a limited contralto range but was a consummate actress, at the heart of his cast and wrote technically-challenging roles for two promising young singers in the roles of Gualtiero and Costanza. Instead of a known soprano castrato, he wrote for Lorenzo Saletti, who clearly found the technical demands of the role too challenging as a hastily-written much more mundane aria was substituted for Ottone.

    In accordance with the critical edition (and the Vivaldi Edition recording) Opera Settecento has reinstated Ottone’s unfeasible arias and, as a result, has cast a female soprano rather than asking one of the new wave of sopranisti to bust a gut in the name of authenticity. Following in Vivaldi’s footsteps we have also engaged young singers with huge potential in the roles of Costanza and Gualtiero, but also with a view to establishing a “performance school” in how to sing unjustly neglected operas of the 18th century.

    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • Tue, 2014-09-16 19:30
    British Choral Classics | The Purcell Singers
    Mark Ford, The Purcell Singers, William Whitehead
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Award-winning chamber choir The Purcell Singers return to St Martin's with a sumptuous selection of favourites for choir and organ, featuring the amazing William Whitehead at the organ. The magnificent baroque interior of St. Martin-in-the-Fields provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of British choral classics.

    4 Coronation Anthems
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Let the people praise Thee, O God
    William Mathias (1934-1992)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Rejoice in the Lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    I was glad
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)