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Format: 2019-01-20
Format: 2019-01-20
  • 23 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Alice Sara Ott, Philharmonia Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Finlandia, part of a suite which Sibelius wrote for a pageant in 1900, is a concentrated burst of patriotic feeling. Ravel said that his piano concerto was “written in the same spirit as those of Mozart and Saint-Saëns” with two vivacious outer sections framing a slow movement of still and crystalline beauty. The first of Sibelius’s great cycle of symphonies is a noble and powerful piece from the late 1890s. While influenced by Tchaikovsky, it shows many signs of the composer he was to become.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

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

    Finlandia
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Valse triste
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 27 January 2019 - 11:00am
    Sunday Piano Series: Teo Gheorghiu
    Teo Gheorghiu
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    At the age of 11 in 2006, Swiss pianist Teo Gheorghiu won his first competition, performed his first concerto with an orchestra and starred in the title role of the film Vitus, about a young piano prodigy. Now, with a dozen years’ experience under his belt, he makes his Nottingham debut with a concert of Romantic impressions, beginning with George Enescu’s own transcription of his Rhapsody, encapsulating the colourful, wild Gypsy music of Romania. Debussy’s Preludes may have saddled the composer with the term ‘impressionism’, which he hated, but these pieces changed piano music forever. The heir to Debussy and impressionism, Ravel’s La valse is a homage to Johann Strauss, written for a Diaghilev ballet that never happened. As the impresario declared “it's a masterpiece, but it isn't a ballet … it's a painting of a ballet.”

    Concerts last an hour and the ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake.

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    Romanian Rhapsody No 1
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Selection from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    La valse, transcribed for piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    The English Concert
    Harry Bicket, Nadja Zweiner, The English Concert
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    The high baroque era was an age of limitless musical possibilities – of brilliant innovations, virtuoso reworks, and music of electrifying theatricality and grandeur. Harry Bicket and The English Concert celebrate all that splendour in a concert that embraces the London stage, the glitter of 18th century Venice and the timeless beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach: including the orchestral arrangement of his famous Air on the G string.

    Concerto for strings and continuo in G minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Suite from Incidental music for Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 4 violins in F
    Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 January 2019 - 8:00pm
    Foyer Club - Classico Latino
    Classico Latino
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    End the week with a laid-back evening in the Saffron Hall foyer. A well-stocked bar, food trucks serving a superb selection of street food, plus live music from Classico Latino. Eat, drink, get into the swing and unwind!

    The award-winning group Classico Latino seamlessly blends the techniques and sounds of classical music with authentic Latin American rhythms and melodies. Creating unique and groundbreaking arrangements alongside original compositions, the group’s performances appeal to a wide audience drawn from all cultural backgrounds. Drawing on the familiar samba, bolero and tango as well as less-well-known rhythms, Classico Latino’s music tells the amazingly varied stories and emotions of Latin America.

  • 27 January 2019 - 4:00pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Die Walküre
    Alwyn Mellor, Angela Simkin, Claudia Mahnke, Evgeny Nikitin, Gabriela Istoc, Hannah Hipp, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rachel Lloyd, Ruxandra Donose, Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Stephen Milling, Stuart Skelton, Susan Platts, Svetlana Sozdateleva, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    As a deadly storm rages through the forest, two desperate people find shelter. But higher powers watch and judge, and Siegmund and Sieglinde’s forbidden love will have consequences on a cosmic scale. A brother finds a sister, a father betrays his son and a goddess discovers her own humanity: the second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most overwhelmingly emotional music in all opera. It’s an ideal entry-point into Wagner’s epic world. Leading Wagnerian Stuart Skelton heads a stellar cast.

    Sung in German with English surtitles.

    Please note this performance lasts 5 hours 15 minutes including one 30 minute interval and one 60 minute interval.

    Die Walküre, Part II of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • 30 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Dido and Aeneas
    Anna Dennis, Anna Harvey, Benjamin Appl, Ciara Hendrick, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucy Crowe, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Sir Roger Norrington
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate.’ Dido, Queen of Carthage, learned that destiny is stronger than even the deepest love, and Henry Purcell turned her tragedy into what might be the first truly great opera in the English language. It’s a drama that goes straight to the heart, and after a lifetime in early music Sir Roger Norrington is still finding new beauty in this miraculous score. He’s joined by three superb dramatic singers – and precedes these sorrows with Handel’s gloriously extravagant Water Music: written to entertain Londoners in 1717 and just as much fun in 2019.

    Suite in D from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • 20 January 2019 - 3:00pm
    Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Anna Tilbrook (piano)
    Anna Tilbrook, Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    The internationally famous Fitzwilliam String Quartet makes its third appearance at Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts concerts, but this time it is joined by Anna Tilbrook – one of Britain’s most exciting pianists with an enviable reputation as an accompanist and chamber musician. Expect a masterly interpretation of Elgar’s famous Piano Quintet.

    2 Novelettes, from 5 Novelettes, for string quartet
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Meditation on the Old Bohemian Chorale 'Saint Wenceslas', for string quartet
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    Quintet for piano and strings in A minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A (piano quintet version)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 24 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music of Consequence: Wagner, Ravel and Shostakovich
    Christoph Altstaedt, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Orchestra of Opera North
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Few pieces demonstrate the effects of war more starkly than Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major, written for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I. This extraordinary work will be performed by award-winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a renowned exponent of Ravel’s music who makes his Kirklees début alongside conductor Christoph Altstaedt.

    Sandwiching the concerto are Shostakovich’s 15th and final symphony, and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Shostakovich’s 15th is a profound piece where nothing is quite as it seems. Quotations from other musical works litter the symphony, none more poignantly than the leitmotif from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

    Talking Music starts at 6.40pm (free).

    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for piano (left hand) and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Symphony No 15 in A
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 30 January 2019 - 12:30pm
    World of Percussion
    Chris Bradley
    Dewsbury Town Hall Dewsbury WF12 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Opera North’s Principal Percussionist Chris Bradley reunites former students of the University of Huddersfield from the last 30 years, all professional percussionists, to perform a programme centres around Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas and to include the aptly-titled Music for Pieces of Wood, plus some arrangements of well-known melodies taken from the Musser Marimba Orchestra's 1920s repertoire.

    Six Marimbas
    Steve Reich (1936-)
    Music for Pieces of Wood
    Steve Reich (1936-)
  • 23 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time, Ravel and Debussy
    Alasdair Beatson, Alina Ibragimova, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt
    South Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    This concert is a rare opportunity to hear Messiaen's unique masterpiece performed by four master musicians. This is the third visit to Nicholas Yonge Society by both Matt Hunt and Alasdair Beatson who are also well known to Lewes Chamber Music Festival audiences; many of us will remember their spectacular performance of Bartok's Conrasts at the 2016 Festival with the versatile and virtuosic Alina Ibramigova. For this concert they are joined by cellist Louise Hopkins, pupil of Raphael Wallfisch and head of strings at the Guildhall.

    This combination of the Ravel Trio with the Messiaen Quartet and the Debussy Rhapsodie performed by these superb artists should make for a memorable concert.

    Première rhapsodie, for clarinet and piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Quatuor pour la fin du temps, 'Quartet for the end of time'
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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