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Format: 2019-09-22
Format: 2019-09-22
  • 2 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Beauty of Tchaikovsky | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Barry Wordsworth, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Barry Wordsworth conducts this sensational new concert, celebrating the music and passion of Tchaikovsky, featuring dancers from the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet.

    With excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker; plus Polonaise (Eugene Onegin), Capriccio Italien, Marche Slave… and an 1812 firework finale!

    Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Cygnets from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pas de deux from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Capriccio Italien
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Marche slave, 'Slavonic March'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The Tchaikovsky Pas de deux
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    1812 Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 2 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Croydon
    Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen
    Croydon Minster Croydon CR0 1RN
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Sainte-Chapelle
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 22 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Beauty of Tchaikovsky | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Gemma Summerfield, Gianluca Marcianò, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal & Derngate Northampton NN1 1DP
    United Kingdom

    A sensational new concert celebrating the music and passion of Tchaikovsky, featuring soprano Gemma Summerfield, described by The Telegraph as “pure vocal champagne”.

    Free: join BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff for a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

    Letter scene from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Jurowski's Tchaikovsky
    Julia Fischer, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    At the dawn of a new century, Alexander Scriabin saw wondrous musical visions – but then, he was standing on the shoulders of giants. Don’t be misled by the name ‘Pathétique’: Tchaikovsky’s blazing, autobiographical final symphony summed up a century of Russian music, and is still one of the classical concert hall’s most uncompromising emotional experiences. As we start our new season, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO gaze forward and backward, paying homage to a great friend, the late Oliver Knussen, and exploring one of British music’s most powerful 20th-century masterpieces with Julia Fischer.

    Scriabin Settings
    Oliver Knussen (1952-)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 2 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: To the summit
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Richard Strauss once boasted that he could depict even a knife and fork in music. So when he set out to portray the Bavarian Alps, the results are exactly as spectacular as you’d expect, complete with waterfalls, glaciers, and an ear-splitting storm. But Vladimir Jurowski will find an extra dimension in Strauss’s vast hymn to nature: the huge vistas and moments of stillness that make this infinitely more than just the world’s greatest musical picture postcard. It should make a fitting counterpart to Nicola Benedetti’s performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto – still the ultimate proof of the profoundly romantic heart behind Elgar’s veneer of Edwardian reserve.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Eine Alpensinfonie, 'An Alpine Symphony'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 23 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Weimar Berlin: To the Cabaret!
    Dagmar Manzel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Step back in time for a specially created show bursting with the songs and street music of 1920s Berlin.

    Art created during the Weimar Republic was suffused with echoes of street life and popular culture: with noisy crowds in bustling streets and markets, the clatter of patriotic marches and political rallies, and, above all, the songs of the cabaret singers.

    Satirical, sentimental, rebellious and subversive, the songs of the cabaret were picked up and exploited by the ‘serious’ composers of the day. In To the Cabaret!, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts music from Kurt Weill to Friedrich Hollaender, who composed some of the greatest cabaret songs in history, including those made famous by Marlene Dietrich.

    The spirit of the cabaret is reflected on-screen in still and moving images – of cartoons and paintings, scraps of films and photographs, and snatches from poems, stories, plays, diaries and letters – transporting us to that brief and uncertain carnival a hundred years ago, when for a moment a brightly lit interlude intervened between the darkness of two political and human catastrophes.

    Composition Not Known
    Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
    Composition Not Known
    Friedrich Hollaender (1896-1976)
  • 26 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Weimar Berlin: Angels and Demons
    Christian Tetzlaff, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A riveting programme of music from Weimar-era composers that both looks back to history for inspiration and draws connections with the art of the period.

    Composers, artists and writers were intimately connected in the creative ferment of the Weimar Republic. Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus School in 1919, had a daughter – Manon. When she died of polio, aged just 18, Alban Berg was spurred to dedicate his new Violin Concerto, with its haunting chorale by JS Bach, ‘to the memory of an angel’.

    Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) reaches even further back into the past. Inspired by the sometimes-demonic 16th century tableaux of Matthias Grünewald, Hindemith’s Symphony echoes the work of visual artists from his own period, like Otto Dix, who drew on the style and techniques of the giants of Renaissance German art, including Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer.

    Ragtime (well-tempered)
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Chorale Prelude, 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Symphony: Mathis der Maler
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra, 'To the memory of an angel'
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Chorale Prelude, 'Komm, Gott Schöpfer'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 29 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Weimar Berlin: The Party's Over
    Christian Tetzlaff, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rebecca Nelsen
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis closes with a programme spanning the early years and the tragic end of the Weimar Republic.

    Experimental, radiant, colourful – Kurt Weill’s 1924 Concerto for violin and wind orchestra, influenced by Stravinsky and his teacher Busoni, bursts with life. Tonight's soloist is Christian Tetzlaff, “the finest violinist performing before the public today” (New Yorker).

    In 1934, when he was composing his opera Lulu, Alban Berg was flirting with danger, adapting what the Nazis termed a ‘degenerate’ text by Frank Wedekind and composing in a modernist style. His music was later banned and, fearful that his new opera would never be performed, Berg adapted its material as the Lulu Suite, for soprano and orchestra. The fallout from the world premiere of this luxurious, jazz-infused score was immediate for both performers and reviewers alike.

    The party atmosphere of the Weimar Republic years was now over. But we finish this series with a glance back to the hope and freedom at its beginnings, a glorious, defiant dance from Paul Hindemith’s one-act opera Das Nusch-Nuschi of 1922.

    2 Studies for Doktor Faust
    Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
    Concerto for violin and wind orchestra
    Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
    Lulu Suite, for soprano and orchestra
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Dances from Das Nusch-Nuschi
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
  • 22 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Tring Chamber Music 2019 - Last of the Summer
    Catherine Yates, Howard Shelley, Josephine Horder, Paul Barritt, Robin Ireland
    Hastoe Village Hall Hastoe, Tring HP23 6LU
    United Kingdom

    Purcell has often been described as the finest English composer before Edward Elgar. To open this late summer concert we play his famous Chaconne. Traditionally a dance of Spanish origin, these variations on a ground bass are remarkable for their invention and emotional power. Time was, England gained a reputation as ’The Land without Music’ referring to the 200 years between Purcell and Elgar. However, Arthur Sullivan, who won huge fame through his Victorian light operas also wrote beautifully crafted, serious music. To question that doubtful perspective on our musical history we have unearthed his charming Romance for string quartet. Howard Shelley has long been a champion of Hummel’s piano music and it is exciting to bring this fine classical composer to the fore. Elgar’s huge Piano Quintet is not only one of his greatest works, but a masterpiece of the genre which displays an astonishingly rich and adventurous musical language. Well done England!

    Chacony for 4 strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concertino for piano and strings in G
    Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
    Romance for string quartet
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Quintet for piano and strings in A minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 27 September 2019 - 8:00pm
    Music from the Movies, with London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Join world-renowned London Concertante as they bring us on a stunning red carpet ride of iconic movie soundtracks. From aliens and spies to dinosaurs and war heroes – this evening promises to be an exciting exploration of the power of film music, packed with all of your family favourites made famous by Hollywood!

    This exceptional program will include dazzling excerpts from George Lucas’ epic space opera ‘Star Wars’, Steven Spielberg’s iconic ‘Jurassic Park’, harrowing ‘Schindler’s List’ and fantastical ‘ET’, along with other cinematic masterpieces such as ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘The Godfather’, to name a few! Generations of us have been inspired by movie soundtracks for decades, so this concert is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

    If you’ve never been to a classical concert before, fear not! The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces. Their numerous recordings have reached great critical acclaim, and the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Jurassic Park Suite
    John Williams (1932-)
    Filmscore to 'Star Wars'
    John Williams (1932-)
    Excerpts from Superman
    John Williams (1932-)
    Gabriel's Oboe from 'The Mission'
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Mission Impossible
    Lalo Schifrin (1932-)
    Waltz No 2 from Jazz Suite No 2
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Skyfall
    Adele Adkins (1988-)
    Mission Impossible
    Danny Elfman ()
    The Godfather
    Nino Rota (1911-1979)
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