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Format: 2018-04-23
Format: 2018-04-23
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    2 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Esther Yoo performs Sibelius | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Esther Yoo, Michał Nesterowicz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    This concert will begin with Górecki’s moving Three pieces in Olden Style, a set of works a world away from much of the Polish composer’s radically avant-garde music.

    Following this, the Orchestra is delighted to welcome its first ever Artist-in-Residence, Esther Yoo, to the stage to perform Sibelius’s dramatic Violin Concerto, an ethereal piece which demonstrates Sibelius’s deep understanding of the violin and showcases the performer’s ability.

    The concert finishes with Brahms’s monumental First Symphony, which took the composer nearly fifteen years to write, and this is evident in the pure musical intensity throughout the work.

    3 pieces in the Old Style
    Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 26 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The RPO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Pinchas Zukerman, is both conductor and soloist in this varied programme. Sibelius’s evocative The Swan of Tuonela opens the concert, followed by Bruch’s fiendish Violin Concerto. The evening culminates in two pieces by Elgar: his stirring Sospiri and the quintessentially English Enigma Variations.

    The Swan of Tuonela from Legends, 'Lemminkainen Suite'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Sospiri
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Esther Yoo performs Sibelius | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Esther Yoo, Michał Nesterowicz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    In no other violin concerto is the soloist’s first note – so delicately dissonant and offbeat – more beautiful than in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Performed by the young brilliant violinist Esther Yoo, this piece demonstrates Sibelius’s passion for the violin and complete understanding of the sound of the instrument.

    Propelled into action by a galloping Praeludium, Grieg’s Holberg Suite opens the concert with five contrasting baroque dances, from an ornate and stately Gavotte to a vivacious and cheerful Rigaudon.

    Brahms's was the most stunning symphonic debut in musical history. From its storm-tossed opening to a blazing brass finale, the listener is carried along by the first symphony's irresistible sense of heroism and triumph.

    Holberg Suite
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    23 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Huddersfield Music Society Centenary Season 2017-18: Prazak Quartet
    Pražák String Quartet
    St Paul's Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom
    String Quartet No 2 in D minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet No 11 in C
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bruckner Orchester Linz: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony
    Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Markus Poschner
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Cadogan Hall welcomes back the Bruckner Orchester Linz, which for this visit, brings Mahler’s epic Second Symphony – a work that explores the depths of human emotion and ends with a powerful hymn to transcendent renewal. The orchestra is joined by Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, culminating in a heart-stirring and divine choral finale.

    This is the first time an international orchestra has performed Mahler’s Second Symphony at Cadogan Hall, and as Mahler said of his most enduringly popular work: “You are clubbed to the ground and then lifted to the highest heights on angels’ wings.”

    Early booking is recommended for what will undoubtedly be a heart-stopping concert.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 26 April 2018 - 7:45pm
    Fretwork (viol consort)
    Asako Morikawa, Emily Ashton, Fretwork, Joanna Levine, Richard Boothby, Sam Stadlen
    Bunyan Meeting Bedford MK40 3EU
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating programme lays out a treasure trove of 'In nomine' settings, all stemming from Taverner’s 16th century setting of the Benedictus (which includes the phrase 'in nomine Domini' (in the name of the Lord) from a Mass built on the plainchant 'Gloria tibi Trinitas'. In nomines form a rich repertory of late renaissance/early baroque English instrumental music. So attractive was this music that it inspired 150 years of English composers to compose variants in their own style, including two by living composers, Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

    Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertoire, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group.

    "...it is hard to imagine consort playing of greater refinement or subtlety than this..." The Times
    "...the finest viol consort on the planet..." London Evening Standard

    Fantasia No 8 for 4 viols
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    In nomine
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    In nomine a 5 No 12, 'Crye'
    Christopher Tye (c1505-1572)
    In nomine III
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Ut re mi
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    De la Court
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    In nomine a 5 No 1
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    In nomine
    Picforth (?1550-1610)
    In nomine
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Slow (In nomine in 5 parts)
    Nico Muhly (1981-)
    Consort Sett a 6 in G minor
    William Lawes (1602-1645)
    In nomine, after Purcell
    Gavin Bryars (1943-)
    Fantasia No 4 in 4 parts in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Fantazia of 5 parts in F ‘upon one note’
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Bach Choir: Alexander Nevsky - discover the meaning behind the music
    David Hill, Hilary Summers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Ponsford, The Bach Choir
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    'Discover the meaning behind the music'

    Two modern day masterpieces: the War and Peace of 20th century music. Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

    The Bach Choir presents their first ever performance of Sergei’s Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Described as ‘the best movie score ever written’, for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 epic film of the same name, Prokofiev conducted the cantata’s first performance in Moscow in May 1939. In this innovative rendering by The Bach Choir, the passion of the music and the poetry of the words are enhanced by a visual exploration of the piece’s conception and composition, with a portrayal of the composer as the audience’s guide. We extend an invitation to those who are intrigued to see, as well as to hear, the power of classical music.

    Alongside in this his centenary year, we have Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity using a magical blend of the Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse. Samuel Barber's solemn Agnus Dei and the musical rush of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances From West Side Story complete our delve into the light and dark of the 20th century. Featuring soprano Hilary Summers.

    Chichester Psalms
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Agnus Dei
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Alexander Nevsky
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Lux - 21st century choral music - Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Alison Lincoln, Carys Chaney, David Ballard, Dhilan Gnanadurai, Jonathan Stamp, Lawrence Thackeray, Rosamund Walton, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Cromer Parish Church Cromer NR27 9ES
    United Kingdom

    A wonderful programme of 21st century choral music celebrating the theme of Light. This may be a 'modern' music concert but guaranteed to be highly melodic and no fear of dissonance! An evening of beautiful music with a line up of top class soloists.

    Musical Director, David Ballard says "This might just be the project I’ve worked on as a musician that I’m most excited about. I don’t care if you like choral music or not - you need to come and listen. Great contemporary music, great soloists, and a choir who want to show you they love it. Be there."

    David's enthusiasm is infectious and no wonder when you consider that the concert will feature a major work by Howard Goodall CBE who will be familar to many as the presenter of many television programmes with a musical theme and as the prodigious composer of musicals, choral music and a multitude of television theme music such as Blackadder, Mr Bean and, possibly, most popular The Vicar of Dibley.

    Eternal Light: A Requiem was originally commissioned by Rambert Dance Company as a choral-orchestral-dance piece and has quickly earned a firm place in the choral repertoire.The composer tweeted: "Have a very happy memory of a concert with my school choir in Cromer Parish Church in the summer of 1974. Not in a million years would I have guessed then something like this by me would one day fill its arches: Eternal Light: A Requiem on April 28th".

    Also on the programme are works by the widely performed American composer Morten Lauridsen, the Norwegian Ola Gjeilo and the Devon-based composer of sacred music Graham Keitch whose works are rapidly becoming popular and frequently performed by choirs and in cathedrals around the world.

    Lux aeterna
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Northern Lights
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    O lux beatissima
    Graham Keitch (1956-)
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    25 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Rachmaninov and Mahler
    Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Trevino
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Stravinsky called Rachmaninov 'an awesome man', and in the hands of a really exceptional artist, even a work as familiar and popular as Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto can disclose new wonders. The award-winning young Russian virtuoso Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev is just such a pianist; critics have hailed his 'precision and power'. Meanwhile, the German press described Robert Trevino’s recent performance of Mahler's Fifth as 'breathtaking', and from the opening trumpet call to its heaven-storming finish, he'll be an energetic and inspiring guide through the tragedies, triumphs and heartfelt love songs of Mahler's sweeping symphonic odyssey.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in C minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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    27 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Alondra de la Parra conducts Dvorák
    Alondra de la Parra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Luca Buratto
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In fin-de-siècle Paris, Stravinsky's scores for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes caused a sensation. But there’s more than one way to change the world, and with his Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Claude Debussy created a realm of sensuous beauty that was decades ahead of its time. Alondra de la Parra reveals all that wonder tonight, and partners the young Italian pianist Luca Buratto in the concerto of silver and steel that Prokofiev wrote in a Russia on the brink of revolution. And then something completely different: the sunshine, birdsong and unbridled melody of what's surely Antonín Dvorák's happiest symphony.

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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