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Format: 2018-05-20
Format: 2018-05-20
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    24 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Dresden Philharmonic with Michael Sanderling and Arabella Steinbacher (violin)
    Arabella Steinbacher, Dresden Philharmonic, Michael Sanderling
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Tchaikovsky’s opulent opener to Act III of his Opera Eugene Onegin ensures a suitably grand prelude to the first Nottingham visit by German violinist Arabella Steinbacher. Praised by the New York Times for her “finely polished technique” and armed with a repertoire of over thirty concertos, she’s one of the leading virtuosos of our time and the perfect soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Writing the piece on the shores of Lake Geneva proved to be the perfect antidote to the composer’s despond following the break-up of his marriage, his rekindled spirit evident in its soaring lyricism and bustling finale.

    Shostakovich lived much of his life under the oppressive Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin and his Fifth Symphony is testimony to its impact on his creative output. The official censuring of his 1936 opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk left Shostakovich fearing for his future and even led him to withdraw his progressive Fourth Symphony from public view. His Fifth Symphony, though, was an adept escape act, on the surface a dutiful piece of patriotic struggle ending in triumph but which, nevertheless, spoke volumes about human suffering and endurance in dark times. From arresting opening to blistering finale it exerts an iron grip throughout, no more so than in its searing and heartfelt slow movement.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James introduces the programme.

    Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    20 May 2018 - 3:00pm
    Mozart's 40 Too | Stockport Symphony Orchestra
    Rita Blanco, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Tjeerd Barkmeijer
    Stockport Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE
    United Kingdom

    The first half of our May concert has one well known and popular piece by Edward Elgar and one less well known gem by Brahms. The Brahms is less often played: the more cynical might say that has something to do with the fact it has no parts for violins! However, this evening our own proponents of the fiddle get a break after the (considerable) exertions of the Elgar and you can judge its merits for yourselves. We like it!

    Sadly, Mozart never reached his 40th birthday. It’s astonishing to think what he might have achieved with another 30 years. He did, however, reach 40 in symphonies and it is that fantastic work which makes up the second half of the concert; quite apt for our own 40th.

    Introduction and Allegro for strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Serenade No 2 in A
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    22 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Dresden Philharmonic with Arabella Steinbacher (violin)
    Arabella Steinbacher, Dresden Philharmonic, Michael Sanderling
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The outstanding Dresden Philharmonic returns to Cadogan Hall with Chief Conductor Michael Sanderling. The evening begins with the overture to Weber’s opera Euryanthe, a fine example of the early German Romantic style heralding Richard Wagner, who in fact arranged Weber’s burial in Dresden, where he lived part of his life.

    German violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. The New York Times reports that she plays with ‘balanced lyricism and fire – among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres’, and she brings these to bear on Tchaikovsky’s passionate and virtuosic Violin Concerto.

    The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s hugely popular and emotional Symphony No 5. Apparently, at the work’s premiere, many members of the audience wept during its sublime third movement.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Overture from Euryanthe
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    20 May 2018 - 2:30pm
    Timothy Ravenscroft - Beethoven Sonata Cycle
    Timothy Ravenscroft
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    To complement our 2017/18 concert series, the internationally renowned Timothy Ravenscroft return as our pianist in residence. Timothy will perform the Beethoven piano sonatas across four dates, in the intimate setting of our 80-seat Bellerby Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the rest of our classical season, be sure to book your tickets early.

    Sonata for Piano No 22 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 16 in G major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 13 in E flat, 'quasi una fantasia'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 32 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 20 May 2018 - 3:00pm
    Cleveland Chamber Orchestra plays Dvorák and Haydn
    Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Tim Jackson
    Stokesley Methodist Church Stokesley TS9 5AD
    United Kingdom

    To book by post and collect tickets at door: send cheque payable to Cleveland Chamber Orchestra to

    Tim Jackson
    Stonethwaite House
    Seagrim Crescent
    Richmond
    North Yorkshire
    DL10 4UB.

    Parking nearby in free car parks and on street

    Wind Serenade in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Serenade for Strings in E
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphony No 100 in G, 'Military'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    23 May 2018 - 2:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan presents Beethoven's Triple Concerto
    Arnon Erez, Eckehard Stier, Hagai Shaham, Orchestra of the Swan, Raphael Wallfisch
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    A comparative rarity on the concert platform, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is as joyous to listen to as to perform and we’re delighted to be joined by the Shaham Erez Wallfisch Trio, three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today.

    1.30pm What’s the score? - a pre-concert talk with David Curtis and guests (free to ticket holders)

    Coriolan Overture
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Triple Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra in C major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    20 May 2018 - 11:30am
    Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: A Bernstein Birthday Bash
    Jeffrey Siegel
    Rudolf Steiner House London NW1 6XT
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel to the International Concert Series this season who brings his Keyboard Conversations ® series to Steiner Hall. Each event comprises informal commentary on the music and its composers, a full performance of each work, and concludes with a short Q & A session with the audience. This accessible format enriches understanding of classical music for newcomers and seasoned listeners alike. Celebrate Bernstein's 100th birthday! His intimate Anniversaries, his piano arrangement of Copland's El Salon Mexico, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

    “an achievement of a sort seldom heard” New York Times

  • 30 May 2018 - 7:00pm
    Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Salieri
    Orchestra of Opera North
    Cast - Main Space Doncaster DN1 3BU
    United Kingdom

    The internationally acclaimed and critically praised Orchestra of Opera North, debuts at Cast with a sparkling summer programme.

    The concert begins with a popular classic, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Ranked at no 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, this evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breathtaking when heard live. Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work… spine-tingling and life-enchantingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Concerto for flute and oboe in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto in C for flute and oboe
    Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
  • 20 May 2018 - 6:30pm
    Zoffany Ensemble
    Zoffany Ensemble
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    In 2009, as a result of a passionate interest in Classical and Romantic chamber music, Manon Derome formed the Zoffany Ensemble with three very special colleagues; Catherine Musker, known for her wonderfully expressive and characterful playing, Anthony Pleeth, greatly respected for his musical integrity and renowned abilities as a player, and Michael Dussek, recognised for his acclaimed qualities of nuance and sensitivity that have made him such a successful chamber musician and accompanist.

    The Zoffany Ensemble performs many of the greatest works in the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms, and also music by more neglected composers such as Louise Farrenc and Anton Arensky. From time to time other players, with whom Manon has a close affinity, are added to the group as the repertoire demands.

    The ensemble takes its name from the German-born, neoclassical artist and founding member of the Royal Academy, Johann Zoffany, whose paintings, as well as portraying eminent actors such as David Garrick, often depicted the nobility in their pursuit of musical entertainment. Zoffany came to London in 1760, and from around 1770 – 1800 produced work of exceptional quality, much of it now displayed in the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery and the Royal Collection.

    String Quintet in C
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    String Sextet No 2 in G
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    27 May 2018 - 6:30pm
    Gémeaux Quartet and Oliver Wass (harp)
    Gémeaux Quartett, Oliver Wass
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Representing four different nations, the Gémeaux Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its generation. During the 2010/11 season, the Quartet made its highly acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Recent highlights include concerts in Hong Kong with clarinetist Paul Meyer, a performance of Schubert’s Octet with Jörg Widmann and Bruno Schneider, an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as a collaboration with the Bundesjugendballet at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

    In 2012 the Quartet won 2nd Prize at both the International “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” Competition in Graz and the International “Joseph Haydn Chamber Music” Competition in Vienna. Previous prizes include a 3rd Prize at the ARD Music Competition in 2008, as well as the coveted Audience Award. In 2007 the Quartet won 1st Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the “Migros-Kulturprozent”, were 1st Prize winners of the Basel Orchestra Society Competition and received the Mozart Prize from the city of Lucerne. More recently, the Quartet was honored with the Swiss Ambassador’s Award in London which resulted in a tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

    The Basel based Quartet has a busy concert schedule. In addition to performances at the KKL in Lucerne, Opera Bastille in Paris, Tonhalle in Zürich, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and at the Philharmonie in Köln, the four musicians are guests at well-known festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schubert Festival in Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Kitakyushu Festival in Japan, as well as the Davos Festival. Radio and television invite the young quartet regularly, and they performed on Swiss Radio DRS2, RTSI, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, SWR, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk and Bavarian Radio.

    The Quartet has collaborated with artists including Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Patrick Gallois, Bruno Giuranna, Maximilian Hornung, Reinhard Latzko, Jens Peter Maintz, Sebastian Manz, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Poltéra and Julian Prégardien.

    The four young musicians came together because of their passion for the string quartet repertoire – in 2003 they formed the Gémeaux Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel where they studied with Walter Levin and Sebastian Hamann. As part of a postgraduate course for string quartets, the Quartet then received further training from the Hagen Quartet at the ‘Mozarteum’, Salzburg University, and continued to work with Rainer Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Basel.

    During 2010/11 the Quartet was “Ensemble in Residence” at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and more recently the Quartet lead an undergraduate course for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik Basel.

    On the record label Gunuin, the Gémeaux Quartet released the first recording of the two string quartets and the string trio by Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle. In June 2015, the Quartet released their second CD with the Piano Quintets by Friedrich Gernsheim with Oliver Triendl on the CPO label, which was recently chosen as recording of the week on German radio SWR2.

    Oliver Wass is in his second year of a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for which he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Imogen Barford. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry.

    In May 2016, he became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He has performed all the major harp concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra. He recently won the Andrea Vigh Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition in Szeged, and will return to give a recital at the Gödöllo International Harp Festival in the autumn.

    He is a 2016 St John’s Smith Square Young Artist, and will be presenting recitals throughout the 2016/17 season, as well as commissioning a new work for solo harp.

    He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous dynamism” and “remarkable range of timbres and warmth of the tone” (Seen and Heard International).

    His flute-viola-harp trio; The Pelléas Ensemble, are winners of the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists.

    They have a busy recital schedule performing around the country, and are active in commissioning new works for the combination which have been performed at St John’s Smith Square, the Two Moors Festival, and the United Kingdom Harp Association. They have appeared live on Radio 3.

    An experienced soloist, Oliver competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood. He studied with Charlotte Seale at the Junior Department of the GSMD, where he became the only harpist to have been a prizewinner in the prestigious Lutine Competition, and he was Principal Harp in the National Youth Orchestra.

    Oliver is very grateful for support from the Norman Gee Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and Help Musicians UK, where he holds a Fleming Award.

    *Pre-concert talk by Nicolas Southon, 5:30pm in the Brockway Room - French musicologist Nicolas Southon introduces the evening's programme.

    String Quartet in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Conte fantastique for string quartet and harp
    André Caplet (1878-1925)
    Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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