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Format: 2020-02-27
Format: 2020-02-27
  • 27 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    John Wilson conducts Elgar and Korngold | Philharmonia Orchestra
    John Wilson, Leonidas Kavakos, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Hear John Wilson conduct Elgar’s visionary final symphony, alongside Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos.

    Left unfinished at the time of his death, Elgar’s Third Symphony ranks among the greatest pieces of British music ever written. The sweeping music traces a journey from an opening march through to a wistful dance in its second movement, on to an evocative adagio of searing intensity. Elgar’s masterful writing speaks directly to the listener: his symphony builds to an emotional climax in the final movement, before fading away to nothing. The symphony was completed by Anthony Payne, and first performed in 1998.

    Where Elgar’s music formed Britain’s musical heart, Korngold’s bridges two worlds: trained in the European tradition, he found his home in Hollywood. Virtuosic and playful, but sincere and heartfelt, his Violin Concerto is magic made into music. Performed tonight by Leonidas Kavakos – “superbly articulate and incisive, yet rapturously lyrical” (The Guardian) – the piece moves through jigs, romances and adventure, all with ravishing melodies taken from Korngold’s own film scores.

    First Essay, for orchestra
    Charlie Barber (1949-)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Symphony No 3 in C minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 5 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    George Benjamin: A Duet and a Dream | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Bejun Mehta, George Benjamin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Voices, Pierre-Laurent Aimard
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    One of Britain’s greatest living composers leads the Philharmonia Orchestra from the podium in an all-star performance to mark his 60th birthday.

    In Dream of the Song, Benjamin looks to the vivid world of Andalusian poetry. Writing for Bejun Mehta - "arguably the best countertenor in the world today" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) - he pairs Arabic-inspired medieval poems with those of Federico García Lorca, creating a subtle sound-world of gentle choir murmurs and orchestral colours backing the solo voice. In his words, ‘The poetry I chose abounds in imagery of stars and moonlight, and I wanted to try to capture a silvery tone for the whole piece.’

    Janácek’s Sinfonietta completed the programme at the premiere of Dream of the Song in 2015 - the two works complement each other perfectly. Janácek spins the opening fanfare into new colours and melodies, exploring fascinating harmonies in 20 thrilling minutes of music. The piece ends in triumph when the fanfare returns in a glorious version for full orchestra.

    In the first half, an atmospheric early work by Benjamin’s friend Oliver Knussen sets the scene for Messiaen’s interpretation of the song of the blue rock thrush, and Benjamin’s intricate Duet for Piano and Orchestra. The Duet was written for tonight’s soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a revered performer of 20th and 21st century music.

    Choral
    Oliver Knussen (1952-)
    La merle bleu from Catalogue d'oiseaux
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Duet for piano and orchestra
    George Benjamin (1960-)
    Sinfonietta
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Dream of the Song
    George Benjamin (1960-)
  • 28 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2005 - Poetry and belief
    Jeremy Denk, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Not all revolutions are noisy. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the piano all alone and playing softly – the kind of enigma that the American philosopher-pianist Jeremy Denk simply loves to explore. And in this latest instalment of 2020 Vision, conductor Osmo Vänskä follows it up with nearly as many questions as answers. From 1905 there’s a self-proclaimedly ‘heroic’ symphony with a remarkably poetic soul and, from 2005, Krzysztof Penderecki’s hauntingly beautiful tribute to another great Pole in an age of oppression and doubt: music that – as Beethoven once put it – comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Chaconne in memory of John Paul II
    Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-)
    Symphony No 1
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
  • 4 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Igudesman and Joo
    Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-ki Joo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Carroll
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Igudesman & Joo are masters of the art of mashing up classical music masterpieces with their own unique twist. They join the Orchestra for an evening of creativity, madness and hilarity with their two acclaimed shows Clash of the Soloists and Big Nightmare Music. Including the music of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Bach and Vivaldi, the players of the LPO will let their hair down in Igudesman and Joo’s riotous comedy sketches. Performing a variety of famous popular classics with astonishing dexterity and finesse, this will be an unforgettable, laugh-until-you-cry extravaganza – not to be missed!

    Clash of the Soloists/Big Nightmare Music
    Composer Not Known ()
  • 27 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Wagner 360° | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, Mariam Batsashvili, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Wagner’s incomparable opera Tristan und Isolde features in the second concert of Alexander Shelley’s 360° series, exploring musical influences and relationships that inspired great composers. The profoundly meditative Prelude and Liebestod opens the opera with lush orchestration, expressive harmonies and chromaticism that divided those who heard it in its day, irrevocably influencing the course of Western music in the nineteenth century.

    Bülow and Liszt were both contemporaries and supporters of Wagner, whose personal relationships are well documented through Wagner’s scandalous affair with Liszt’s daughter – Bülow’s wife. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Bülow’s Nirwana exhibit a Wagnerian fanaticism, but countering this is Brahms, whose stalwart conservative voice of the era is heard in the classically influenced Variations on a theme by Haydn.

    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Nirwana
    Hans von Bülow (1830-1894)
    Variations on a theme by Haydn, 'St Anthony Chorale'
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 5 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    Musical Homelands | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andris Poga, Kristine Balanas, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The patriotic sympathies of Sibelius led him to create some of his most enduring music, and tonight’s opener, the Karelia Suite, perfectly encapsulates the musical spirit of his home country, Finland. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 with Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas, a musician of ‘eye-popping virtuosity’ (The Times) who has enthralled audiences on the global stage as a young rising star.

    Rachmaninov, who had long left Russia since the 1917 Revolution, composed his Symphony No 3 during his self-exile. The unashamed romanticism of the piece is merged with the influence of haunting plainchant and moments of disruption in its melodies, unsettling the music and resulting in a strange melancholic yearning in the search for a true homeland.

    Karelia Suite
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 29 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Duo Antipodes (guitar and cello)
    Duo Antipodes, Jehanne Bastoni, Manus Noble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Irish guitarist Manus Noble graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2010 with 1st class honours and also from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, where he was awarded a distinction for his Masters in Performance. He was given Performance Awards by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster and Ian Flemming Trust, and was accepted onto the Park Lane Group Concert Series at the Purcell Room. He won first prize in the Royal College of Music Guitar and Ivor Mairants Guitar Competitions.

    “Manus Noble is one of the very best of the new generation of guitarists. His fantastic technique, fluid, intuitive musicianship and warm and engaging on-stage personality make Manus a complete artist.” - Craig Ogden

    In 2011, Australian cellist Jehanne obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, having previously studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore as the recipient of a full scholarship. Jehanne has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, as well as playing with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra in Milan and the Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.

    This is the seventh 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.

    Musica notturna della strada di Madrid, for string quintet
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Nana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Danza española No 5, 'Andaluza' from 12 danzas españolas, for piano
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Asturiana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    One starry night
    Traditional Irish ()
    Theme and Variations on a Japanese folk song ‘Sakura’
    Yuquijiro Yocoh (1929-)
    Benga Beat
    Gary Ryan (1969-)
    Spiegel im Spiegel
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Theme from 'Howl's Moving Castle'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Theme from the film 'Laputa: Castle In The Sky'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Heal, for guitar
    Manus Noble ()
    Reflexoes
    Jaime Zenamon (1953-)
  • 1 March 2020 - 3:00pm
    Cleveland Chamber Orchestra plays Elgar, Copland and Mendelssohn - cancelled
    Andrew Smith, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Tim Jackson
    Stokesley Methodist Church Stokesley TS9 5AD
    United Kingdom

    Concert cancelled

    Introduction and Allegro for strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for clarinet, strings and harp
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven's Choral Symphony with The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder
    Giselle Allen, Hallé Choir, Neal Davies, Sarah Castle, Sir Mark Elder, Stuart Jackson, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary begin with this concert featuring his epic final symphony. Beethoven’s Ninth revisits the revolutionary impulses of his Third and Fifth symphonies but its journey from darkness to light travels through more daunting terrain. It concludes unforgettably with a heaven-storming finale that adds a chorus and four soloists to proclaim its message of hope and friendship. The audacity of its ambition and its vocal writing not only ensured its immediate success but also set a course for several later composers. Over a century later, Sergei Prokofiev was also looking to reinvent the symphony but in the case of his Seventh, he sought a simpler, more direct style. This was partly driven by his intention to write for the USSR Children’s Radio Division, but also helped him to avoid being censured for the “decadent formalism” of his more experimental works. Whatever the impulse, the Seventh is full of verve and wit, and bathed in Prokofiev’s long-breathed melodies.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Katy Hamilton on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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    Symphony No 7 in C sharp minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 8 March 2020 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Tom Poster
    Tom Poster
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    British pianist Tom Poster, described as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into” celebrates four great Romantic composers. Robert Schumann’s genius is displayed in the poetic charm of his Kinderszenen whilst Chopin’s famous ‘Funeral March’ sonata is stunningly lyrical, with grand themes of life and death. Linking these are Clara Schumann’s beautifully rich Nocturne, contemporary composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s lyric Contemplation, and Grieg’s own dreamlike Nocturne and ‘Homage to Chopin’.

    Each concert lasts an hour. Tickets include tea, coffee and cake before or after the concert.

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    Kinderszenen, 'Scenes from childhood'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Nocturne from Soirées musicales
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Contemplation (after Grieg's Sonata Op 7)
    Cheryl Frances-Hoad (1980-)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Studie (Hommage à Chopin) from Stimmungen
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
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