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Format: 2020-04-01
Format: 2020-04-01
  • 2 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Cancelled: Heras-Casado conducts Russian Classics | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Daniel Kharitonov, Pablo Heras Casado, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns with three vivid Russian works, joined by one of today’s most exciting young pianists.

    From the authoritative unison horns and huge piano chords of the opening bars, through sweeping romantic melodies and moments of intense drama to the triumphant finale, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is an audience favourite. This was the piece that first brought Daniel Kharitonov to the attention of a worldwide public, when he played it in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition aged just 16.

    Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a vivid representation in music of ten paintings by Mussorgsky’s good friend Viktor Hartmann - the exhibition in question was organised after the artist’s untimely death. Contrasting scenes, from the humorous ‘Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks’ to the imposing ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, are linked by a ‘Promenade’ that leads the listener around this most memorable of galleries.

    A book of Spanish folk songs provided the source material for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole. As he wrote in his autobiography, “According to my plans, the Capriccio was to glitter with dazzling orchestral colour.” And his plans certainly came to fruition - every section of the orchestra, not least the percussion, has the chance to shine in this swirling celebration.

    Capriccio espagnol
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
  • 3 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Vasily Petrenko conducts Prokofiev | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexey Stadler, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director Designate 2021 Vasily Petrenko conducts a programme of music with a masterful touch in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Britten’s opera music resonates to this day, and the opening piece epitomises why it stands out on its own strengths. His Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes are evocative of a frosty morning on the shores of East Anglia, opening with the peaceful setting of a dawn rising over the stirring waters, which is broken as the timpani and brass conjure up a storm. Cellist Alexey Stadler, who has been praised by The Times for having ‘firm control and the kind of tactile, honeyed tone capable of bringing listeners to the knees’, follows in the first half with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.

    The concluding piece, Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5, invokes a distinctly Soviet style of brutalism. Composed in 1944, it is profoundly impacted by the deathly machinations of war, written in accompaniment to his country’s incalculable losses in the Second World War. In the composer’s words, it is a ‘hymn to free and happy Man’.

    4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 1 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2008 - Landscape and memory
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    1908: Charles Ives’s trumpet asks an eternal question. 1808: Beethoven offers the only answer that’s ever really been needed: a symphony inspired by the countryside, whose storms, bird-calls and hymns conceal eternal truths behind some of the most serene music he ever wrote. And in between, Thomas Adès takes on the Book of Genesis, in a piano concerto – first performed at Royal Festival Hall in 2008 – that’s simultaneously a meditation on the infinite, and an endlessly stimulating entertainment. A piece, wrote The Guardian, ‘to inspire big thoughts about creation – of the world, or of music, or both’.

    The Unanswered Question
    Charles Ives (1874-1954)
    In Seven Days: Concerto for piano and orchestra
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 4 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: The undiscovered Beethoven
    Angharad Lyddon, Lise Davidsen, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, but to the young Beethoven, Emperor Joseph II was more than just a monarch. He was liberty’s champion; the herald of a new dawn. Unperformed in the composer’s lifetime, Beethoven’s Cantata is a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment, and a mirror to his heaven-storming Grosse Fuge – in Stravinsky’s words, ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’. This is Beethoven the radical, the visionary, the eternally young, and Vladimir Jurowski opens the evening with the jubilant King Stephen Overture.

    Overture from König Stephan
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Grosse Fuge
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ah, perfido, scene and aria, for soprano and orchestra
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2009 - The Everest of piano concertos
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolai Lugansky, Sophie Bevan, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘Rachmaninoff just doesn’t get any better than this’, wrote The Guardian of Nikolai Lugansky, and when it comes to the monumental Piano Concerto No 3, it’s hard to imagine a living pianist who’s more in tune with its profoundly Russian soul. This ‘Everest of piano concertos’ dates from 1909; alongside it Vladimir Jurowski has placed a 21st century British classic from 2009 and a real rediscovery from 1809: the fiery, thrillingly dramatic First Symphony by Etienne Méhul. Forged in the turmoil of the French Revolution, Méhul’s music had a profound impact on the young Beethoven, and when you hear it we think you’ll realise why.

    Symphony No 1
    Etienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
    Augenlieder, for soprano and orchestra
    Ryan Wigglesworth ()
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Pastoral Dreams | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Long Yu, Ning Feng, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Weber’s tale of a fairy king forms a fantastical prelude to Karl Goldmark’s lyrical Violin Concerto No 1. Both composers found success writing operas, but Goldmark’s work as an inspired piece of writing for violin achieves both grandeur and intimacy as it moves effortlessly between flamboyance and slow deliberation in passages of rich romantic elegance.

    Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’, a retreat from the modernity of nineteenth-century Europe tinged with a nostalgia for a countryside that nurtured Beethoven’s creative passions. Frolicsome melodies dance freely throughout until the penultimate movement conjures up a storm – almost literally – which passes with a glorious wave of relief in the Symphony’s climax.

    Overture from Oberon
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 1 in A minor
    Karl Goldmark (1830-1915)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 4 April 2020 - 8:00pm
    Pelléas Ensemble (flute, viola and harp)
    Pelléas Ensemble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    "I have never seen an audience leave a concert with such a spring in their step and joy in their hearts” - Oundle International Festival

    The Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Award, and the Elias Fawcett Award at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won the Grand Prize in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Competition, and were Tillett Trust Young Artists. Their debut at the Wigmore Hall was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International). They have established a reputation for performing from memory, and enjoy sharing stories and insights about their unique repertoire with audiences.

    This is the last in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Cinquième concert in D minor from Pièces de clavecin en concerts
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Three Diversions, for flute, viola and harp
    Robert Peate ()
    Petite Suite
    André Jolivet (1905-1974)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Prelude No 5 in G from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Selections from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 8 April 2020 - 6:15pm
    RPO Preludes: Music for solo cello
    Richard Harwood
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

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    RPO Preludes is a series of chamber concerts curated and performed by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These 30-minute concerts take place on stage at Cadogan Hall from 6.15pm, before the main concerts begin at 7.30pm. The series provides a unique opportunity not only to listen to some astounding chamber music but also to hear the RPO musicians in a more intimate and personal setting.

  • 3 April 2020 - 7:00pm
    The Hallé with Dalia Stasevska (conductor) and Kian Soltani (cello)
    Dalia Stasevska, Kian Soltani, The Hallé
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    The brilliant and dynamic Dalia Stasevska directs the Hallé in the company of Kian Soltani, one of the finest cellists of his generation. The first half features two works in which composers looked back to the past for inspiration. Both Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations evoke the 18th century to beautiful and opulent effect.

    Dvorák’s magnificent Eighth Symphony reflects his love of the Bohemian countryside and nowhere is his remarkable inventiveness more in evidence than in this magnificent piece, a work he composed with the melodies “just pouring out”, as he put it. And pour out they most certainly do!

    Pre-concert talk with BBC Broadcaster Trisha Cooper starts at 6pm.

    Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 4 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    RPO Miniatures: harp, flute and cello
    Emer McDonough, Richard Harwood, Suzy Willison-Kawalec
    Studio at The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    Fresh and light, Jongen’s Danse lente, for flute and harp, provides a charming pairing with Bach’s hypnotic Cello Suite No 1, amongst other chamber favourites.

    Trio Sonata in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Danse lente
    Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
    Toward the Sea
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Naiades for flute and harp
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Suite No 1 for solo cello in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite for solo cello
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
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