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Format: 2015-04-21
Format: 2015-04-21
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    29 April 2015 - 1:00pm
    Divertimento String Quartet
    Andrew Gillett, Divertimento String Quartet, Lindsay Braga, Mary Eade, Vicky Evans
    Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth PL1 3LG
    United Kingdom

    “One of the finest chamber ensembles with a spectacular intimate sound”.

    The Divertimento String Quartet is a group of well-known professional musicians who play in many different venues.

    Excerpts from 'Cypresses'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Italian Serenade
    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Little Polka from Suite for Variety Orchestra
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    String Quartet No 2 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    28 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Martin Roscoe performs Shostakovich with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Garry Walker, Martin Roscoe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    We welcome back conductor Garry Walker, who leads an irresistible programme of Russian works.

    Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 is a remarkable composition that fuses contemporary invention with the romantic, lyrical writing of his predecessors. This astonishing 20th-century work features Martin Roscoe, a pianist renowned for his versatility at the keyboard.

    Equally as vivid are the contrasts of style and traits within Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony; his final symphonic essay juxtaposes playful central movements with the bleakness that haunted Tchaikovsky’s life so often.

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    26 April 2015 - 7:45pm
    Aberdeen Bach Choir - JS Bach's St John Passion
    Aberdeen Bach Choir, Aberdeen Sinfonietta, Colin Campbell, Dominic Barbieri, Elinor Rolfe Johnson, Nathan Vale, Nicholas Spanos, Peter Parfitt, Peter Thomson, Ronan Busfield
    St Machar's Cathedral Aberdeen AB24 1RQ
    United Kingdom

    Aberdeen Bach Choir is a long established choir with a reputation for outstanding performances.The repertoire of the choir is wide and varied, from renaissance to 21st century, with works performed a cappella as well as with orchestral accompaniment. Aberdeen Bach Choir has over 100 members.

    JS Bach's mighty St John Passion was written in 1724, and first performed in St Thomas's Leipzig on Good Friday of that year, the work contains many beautiful arias, energetic choruses and reflective chorales.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Frances Griffin and Leo Turner - guitar duo
    Frances Griffin, Leo Turner
    Crescent Theatre Birmingham B16 8AE
    United Kingdom

    Frances Griffin and Leo Turner have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. They have also performed on Television and Radio both at home and abroad. Performances include formal concerts, corporate events, weddings and foyer concerts at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.

    They have performed in Masterclasses with John Williams, Eduardo Abreu and Gilbert Biberian. Their repertoire is extensive and includes works from the Renaissance to contemporary music covering Classical, Latin, Jazz and Spanish styles.

    Their repertoire is extensive and includes works from the Renaissance to the present day although recently they have been concentrating on Latin and Spanish music. However, regardless of the repertoire their playing is always guaranteed to be dynamic, dramatic and demonstrate their passion for the music they perform.

    "Playing of striking sensitivity" - Guitar International

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

    "Their playing was at all times characterised by a natural fluidity and ease" - Guitar International

    After their sell out concert last year Frances Griffin and Leo Turner make a return visit to the Crescent with an evening of music from Spain, South America. Chase away those winter blues and get ready for spring with an evening of tangos, choros and classical master-pieces played by these two outstanding guitarists.

    Tango, Milonga y Final
    Maximo Diego Pujol (1957-)
    Córdoba from 'Cantos de España', arranged for Guitars
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
    Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor brujo
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  • 30 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by candlelight
    Ivor Setterfield, Marije Johnston, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    The Gordian Knot Untied
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 9 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Salzburg Symphony No 3
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Concert and talk | Wanderers: Byron, Liszt and Berlioz
    Iakov Zats, Stephen Johnson, Vsevolod Dvorkin
    Leighton House Museum London W14 8LZ
    United Kingdom

    The Romantic Age was a good time to be a sensitive, lonely misfit. After the success of Goethe and Byron’s writings, young men – and occasionally young women – dreamed of cutting their ties with cosy bourgeois security and wandering freely, searching for some kind of spiritual truth that might give purpose to their being. Not all of them found it: for some, the truth lying in wait was only painful disillusionment. Others, however, realised that, as Marianne Moore put it, ‘the cure for loneliness is solitude’. Franz Liszt’s first set of Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) records what he found on his travels in Switzerland, the ‘images’ that ‘stirred deep emotions in my soul’. Berlioz’s symphony Harold in Italy (arranged for viola and piano by Franz Liszt) shows Berlioz following in Harold’s footsteps, to the point where he could say, with Byron, ‘I live not in myself, but I become portion of that around me’.

    Années de pèlerinage - année 1: Suisse
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Harold en Italie
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    26 April 2015 - 11:30am
    The Landseer Trio
    Ben Marshall, Fiona Myall, Jesse Bescoby, The Landseer Trio
    Lauderdale House London N6 5HG
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2012, The Landseer Trio consists of three active and versatile oboists. Ben, Jesse and Fiona studied oboe to the highest level at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and have performed with The Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Bombay Chamber Orchestra.

    China Gates
    John Adams (1947-)
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Intercession for 3 Oboes
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    The Ashokan Farewll
    Jay Ungar ()
  • 29 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    Oxford May Music: Heath Quartet and Paul Dean (clarinet)
    Heath Quartet, Paul Dean
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    The renowned Heath Quartet was formed in 2002 and has received many awards, most recently the RPS Young Artists Award in 2012. Tonight they play Haydn’s Op 76 No 6, Dvorák's Quartet in G, Op 106 and join forces with Artist in Residence Paul Dean for Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet.

    String Quartet No 65 in E flat, 'Fantasia'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 13 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 30 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    Oxford May Music: Borodin the composer
    Amandine Savary, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Gerard Causse, Jack Liebeck, Paul Dean, Sara Trickey, Simon Oswell, Thomas Carroll
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    Today’s lecture highlighted Borodin the scientist; tonight we turn to his other profession, that of composer, with among others his String Sextet. Also represented are his friends and colleagues Tchaikovsky, with 3 pieces for viola and piano, and Glazunov with his String Quintet Op. 39. Completing a Russian evening is Stravinsky’s “Soldiers Tale” in the Trio arrangement.

    Petite Suite
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    String Sextet in D minor (unfinished)
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Mélodie in E flat from Souvenir d'un lieu cher
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nocturne in D minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Valse sentimentale
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    L'histoire du soldat, 'The Soldier's Tale', arranged for clarinet, violin and piano
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    String Quintet in A
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
  • 1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Oxford May Music: Trio Dali and Friends
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, Amandine Savary, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Gerard Causse, Jack Liebeck, Paul Dean, Simon Oswell, Thomas Carroll, Trio Dali
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    Artists in Residence Trio Dali and Paul Dean are reinforced by string players for a varied programme including the wonderful Mendelssohn First Piano Trio, a characteristic Quintet from Boccherini with 'that' Minuet, the famous Mozart 'Kegelstatt' trio and a rarity of great beauty, the Hummel Clarinet Quartet.

    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Clarinet Quartet in E flat
    Johann Hummel (1778-1837)
    String Quintet in E
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Trio for violin, viola and piano in E flat, 'Kegelstatt'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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