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Format: 2020-04-09
Format: 2020-04-09
  • 19 April 2020 - 3:00pm
    Cancelled: Mahler: Symphony No 5 | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Paavo Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra, Zhang Zuo
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    If you’ve only ever heard one piece of music by Mahler, it’s most likely to be the ‘Adagietto’, the slow movement of his fifth symphony.

    But there’s a lot more to it than that. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that in Mahler’s Fifth “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.”

    Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi takes the helm for tonight’s journey from the solemn grandeur of the first movement, with its portentous opening trumpet fanfare, to the joyful affirmation of the finale. Acclaimed as a “superb” Mahler interpreter (Bachtrack), Järvi has been a regular collaborator with the Philharmonia for over thirty years.

    Scored for strings and harp, the famous Adagietto may have been composed as a love-song for the composer’s wife Alma - she said it was, and even showed an early conductor of the piece a poem he had written her to accompany it, but she was a notoriously unreliable biographer. Love message or not, this gorgeous music has touched the hearts of millions of listeners, whether in the concert hall, in the film Death in Venice or at Robert F Kennedy’s funeral.

    Electrifying young pianist Zhang Zuo is better known as Zee Zee to her friends and many fans around the world. She opens the evening with Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, full of emotion, virtuosity and passion.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 17 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Jurowski conducts Mahler
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    When Gustav Mahler began his Ninth Symphony he knew that he was living on borrowed time, and he poured everything he had into some of the 20th century’s most poignant, powerful and heartbreakingly sincere music – in every sense, the ultimate romantic symphony. Vladimir Jurowski guides us through a glowing world of hymn tunes, Viennese waltzes, half-remembered songs and distant trumpets, before the sun sets on Mahler’s very own last word: a long, final fade to silence. There’s only really one way to preface that, and although Haydn’s ‘Lamentatione’ Symphony contains both tempests and tranquillity, every note brims over with irrepressible life.

    Symphony No 26 in D minor, 'Lamentatione'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Symphony No 9 in D
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 19 April 2020 - 3:00pm
    Great Choral Classics | City of London Choir and Brighton Festival Chorus
    Andrés Presno, Brighton Festival Chorus, City of London Choir, Jac van Steen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Don't miss the majestic sounds of monumental music for massed choirs and orchestra, filling the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, in this spectacular celebration of timeless choral classics.

    Featuring the acclaimed City of London Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus and star tenor Andrés Presno.

    Hear thrilling highlights from: Verdi's Requiem (Sanctus), Orff's Carmina Burana (O Fortuna), Handel's Messiah (Hallelujah Chorus), Mozart's Requiem (Lacrymosa) and Wagner's Tannhäuser (Pilgrim’s Chorus), as well as Parry's I was glad and Jerusalem, Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Handel's Zadok the Priest… and more!

  • 14 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    Siberian Symphony Orchestra
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Siberian Symphony Orchestra
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    The twenty-year-old Rachmaninov’s expressive tone poem The Rock won the enthusiastic admiration of Tchaikovsky and already shows many of his qualities as a composer. Glazunov’s passionately lyrical and undeservedly overlooked Violin Concerto dates from 1904, a period when the composer was at the height of his creative powers. Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony is one of his most successful large-scale works. The opening fanfare, said to represent the power of fate, is followed by a lyrical slow movement and pizzicato scherzo. In the finale, the fanfare returns to striking effect as the work drives to its headlong conclusion.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm | The Forge
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, violinist Chloë Hanslip has been replaced by Alexander Sitkovetsky

    The Rock
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in A minor
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 16 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Jonathan Biss (piano)
    Jonathan Biss
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep curiosity with music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. He continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. In 2011 Jonathan embarked on a nine-year disc recording cycle of Beethoven's sonatas, aiming to complete all 32 by 2020. So it makes perfect sense for him to bring us a programme of some of them.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Sonata for Piano No 25 in G major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 11 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 24 in F sharp major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 30 in E
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 10 April 2020 - 2:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: JS Bach's St John Passion
    Angela Hicks, Bradley Smith, Elizabeth Adams, Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Ex Cathedra Choir, James Robinson, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lawrence White, Marcus Farnsworth, Martha McLorinan, Paul Bentley-Angell
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Bach's St John Passion tells the profound human drama of Christ's last days with utterly transfixing music. The pulsating opening chorus sets the mood, and we are drawn to share the anger of the mob, to empathize with Pilate's predicament, and to feel the anguish of the solo arias, heightened by the melancholic sounds of the period instruments - not least the tender agony of 'Es ist vollbracht' (It is finished).

    Ex Cathedra are delighted to give their traditional Good Friday performance as part of Town Hall Symphony Hall's Birmingham Classical season.

    Sung in German with English surtitles.

    There will be a 30-minute interval and the concert will end at approximately 4:15pm.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 17 April 2020 - 6:30pm
    Cancelled: Chopin and Champagne - Barcarolle / Ballade No 3 Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    This concert has been cancelled in response to the coronvirus covid-19 pandemic.

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-20 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 October 2019 to July 2020.

    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)
  • 17 April 2020 - 9:00pm
    Cancelled: Chopin and Champagne - Barcarolle / Ballade No 3 Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    This concert has been cancelled in response to the coronvirus covid-19 pandemic.

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-20 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 October 2019 to July 2020.

    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)
  • 16 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    Cancelled: Steven Osborne (piano)
    Steven Osborne
    Bedford Girls' School Bedford MK42 0BX
    United Kingdom

    We very much regret that this concert has been cancelled, in line with government guidelines. We hope to re-schedule in due course.

    To conclude another outstanding series, we welcome pianist Steven Osborne. Steven is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show great musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and two Gramophone Awards. He will play some of the finest works by two giants of the keyboard: Schubert and Rachmaninov.

    "Osborne's playing sought colour and texture above display or drama, but not at their expense…." Guardian
    "…his sensitive, exquisitely blended and balanced playing almost goes without saying…" Scotsman
    "…Vast technical command is balanced by penetrating insight and an expressivity that seems to derive from a more than usually empathetic instinct for the nature of the composers…" Guardian
    "Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both, which lent the whole evening a miraculous air… every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence."
    Daily Telegraph

    Andante in A for piano
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 20 in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    6 Moments musicaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Fragments
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Oriental Sketch
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Nunc Dimittis, from Vespers, 'All-night vigil', transcribed by the composer for solo piano
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 15 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Orchestral Adventures
    Bartholomew LaFollette, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sascha Goetzel
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture opens the concert with a scenic adventure along the mesmerising shores of Scotland. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra follows with soloist Bartholomew LaFollette, who has been praised for his ‘technical finesse and interpretative insight’ (Gramophone). Taking cues from the classical greats of the eighteenth century, Tchaikovsky creates a wonderful homage to Mozart with lyrical melodies and thrilling displays of virtuosity.

    Closing the evening is Rimsky-Korsakov’s fantastical Scheherazade, which reimagines the legend of one thousand and one Arabian nights and enchants the listener. Shimmering strings and playful woodwind conjure visions of enrapturing tales and adventures, told with pure musical escapism in this iconic work of Russian Romanticism.

    Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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