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Format: 2019-04-21
Format: 2019-04-21
  • 26 April 2019 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 7 - Barcarolle, Ballade 3 | Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 16 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 13 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 2 in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 14 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Barcarolle in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 43 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in G sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 26 April 2019 - 9:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 7 - Barcarolle/Ballade 3 | Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 16 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 13 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 2 in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 14 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Barcarolle in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 43 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in G sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 30 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan: Peter Donohoe plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No 25
    Jason Lai, Orchestra of the Swan, Peter Donohoe
    Stratford ArtsHouse Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
    United Kingdom

    This journey across the ages is also the exemplification of melody and passion: from Tallis’s unforgettable 450-year-old psalm-tune (heard through early-twentieth-century ears) through the last of Mozart’s twelve renowned Viennese piano concertos (only, though, becoming part of the repertoire in the late twentieth-century) to one of the most glorious of modern symphonies (Wilfrid Mellers wrote that this was “music imbued with what one can only call greatness of soul… the consummation of the lifetime’s work of a great and good man” ). Additionally, we can experience how Vaughan Williams’s career progressed – or, more accurately, was progressing… – because, even at the age of seventy, the Fifth wasn’t the large-scale farewell that had been expected: there were four more such works still to be composed!

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 25 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 27 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Merry pranks
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Yefim Bronfman
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘A goodly, portly man, of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye and a most noble carriage’. And as this musical portrait of Falstaff lumbers humorously into life, you’ll hear Shakespeare’s fat knight transformed into pure Elgar. Witty, stirring and surprisingly poignant, Falstaff is one of British music’s most unexpected masterpieces; a fitting companion for the dazzling orchestral high-jinks of Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel. And since both composers revered Brahms, his Second Piano Concerto makes a perfect opener. Vladimir Jurowski is joined by Yefim Bronfman, whose combination of gentleness and power has made him known for his stunning interpretations of Brahms’s piano music.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in B flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Falstaff
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 1 May 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Voyage of Invention | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexandru Tomescu, Gabriel Bebeselea, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    This programme celebrates the rich music heritage of Romania, beginning with Enescu’s neo-classical Suite No 2, full of spirit and vigour from the composer’s homeland. Renowned violinist Alexandru Tomescu pairs Saint-Saëns's inventive and impressionistic Violin Concerto No 3 with a musical gem of sheer romantic indulgence by little-known Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu. Nicknamed the ‘Jupiter’, Mozart’s final symphony is a true eighteenth-century tour de force and widely regarded as the zenith of the Classical period.

    This concert is kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

    Suite No 2 in D major
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 3 in B minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Ballade for violin and orchestra
    Ciprian Porumbescu (1853-1883)
    Symphony No 41 in C, 'Jupiter'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 25 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Seeking New Horizons III: Political Protest | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vadym Kholodenko
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Infused with the rhythms, sounds and smells of his native Spain, Manuel de Falla’s ballet The three-cornered hat, which includes two songs sung by Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, provides a fitting tribute to Spain. The legend that the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini sold his soul to the devil in order to become obscenely talented has inspired numerous composers, but the finest variations of the theme is considered to be Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, performed by Vadym Kholodenko. Richard Wagner was no stranger to political controversy yet his music from Tannhäuser offers some of the most tranquil and sublime music ever written.

    For the second half of tonight's concert, we invite you to enjoy an enhanced listening experience using EnCue, a downloadable app that delivers programme notes to your mobile or tablet device.

    Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Three-cornered hat
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  • 1 May 2019 - 2:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan: Peter Donohoe plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No 25
    Jason Lai, Orchestra of the Swan, Peter Donohoe
    Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham B4 7XR
    United Kingdom

    This journey across the ages is also the exemplification of melody and passion: from Tallis’s unforgettable 450-year-old psalm-tune (heard through early-twentieth-century ears) through the last of Mozart’s twelve renowned Viennese piano concertos (only, though, becoming part of the repertoire in the late twentieth-century) to one of the most glorious of modern symphonies (Wilfrid Mellers wrote that this was “music imbued with what one can only call greatness of soul… the consummation of the lifetime’s work of a great and good man” ). Additionally, we can experience how Vaughan Williams’s career progressed – or, more accurately, was progressing… – because, even at the age of seventy, the Fifth wasn’t the large-scale farewell that had been expected: there were four more such works still to be composed!

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 25 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 28 April 2019 - 3:00pm
    Fire, Passion and Fury | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jessica Cottis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tom Poster
    The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    Led by conductor Jessica Cottis, the RPO performs a sparkling programme of Russian gems, including the Overture to Borodin’s opera Prince Igor.

    Rachmaninov takes you on a journey of discovery with his Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Infusing rich romantic harmonies, plainchant melodies and dynamic rhythms, this work is regarded as one of the Romantic period's greatest works.

    What began as one of Tchaikovsky’s most difficult compositions subsequently became one of his most well-known, as the concert concludes with his magnificent masterpiece, Symphony No 5.

    Overture from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 26 April 2019 - 7:10pm
    Alexander Shelley conducts Rachmaninov | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vadym Kholodenko
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    Rachmaninov takes you on a journey of discovery with his Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. Infusing rich romantic harmonies, plainchant melodies and dynamic rhythms, this gem is regarded as one of the Romantic period's greatest works.

    Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture provides a dramatic and rich opening before Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No 4 brings the concert to a close, with its powerful and wild journey from darkness to light.

    Free: pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with conductor Alexander Shelley

    Overture to Tannhäuser
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Kharitonov (piano)
    Daniel Kharitonov, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    We’re thrilled to be welcoming back the great conductor and pianist, Vladimir Ashkenazy, for this visit by the Philharmonia. He brings with him music by two composers with whom he’ll be forever associated. Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto emerged from a summer break in 1890, the young composer modelling it on Grieg’s, but then revising it substantially nearly 30 years later. Youthful high spirits run free throughout, with sprung rhythms reflecting its impetuous spirit. It’s a perfect fit for our soloist, Daniel Kharitonov, one of the brightest rising stars of his generation. Shostakovich completed his Tenth Symphony just a few months after the death of Stalin, under whose shadow the composer had worked for much of his career. The dictator’s grip is felt through much of the symphony, particularly in the furious five-minute scherzo which tears into the heart of this 20th-century masterpiece. But Shostakovich also celebrates the resilience of the artist in the face of oppression and etches his initials – D-S-C-H – into the symphony’s subtext, shouting them loudly in the defiantly upbeat finale.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Vladimir Ashkenazy in conversation.

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    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in F sharp minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 10 in E minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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