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Format: 2015-03-31
Format: 2015-03-31
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    3 April 2015 - 6:00pm
    Bach's St John Passion | Saint Michael's Singers and English Symphony Orchestra
    Christopher Booth-Jones, Colin Campbell, English Symphony Orchestra, Helen Meyerhoff, Iestyn Morris, Matthew Minter, Paul Leddington Wright, Richard Dowling, Saint Michael's Singers
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Saint Michael's Singers and English Symphony Orchestra return to Coventry Cathedral for their annual Bach Passion. This year features the unbridled and raw emotion of the St John Passion, Bach's oldest surviving Passion.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    8 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Music in the Round's 2015 Spring Concert Series - Tim Horton (piano)
    Tim Horton
    Crucible Studio Theatre Sheffield S1 1DA
    United Kingdom

    “In these sonatas we are led through a magnificent landscape, through forests, meadows, valleys and rocky gorges, with glimpses presenting magnificent vistas.” Leipziger Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, 1824

    Tim Horton reaches the final performance in his monumental series presenting the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and plays three sonatas written in a period between 1820 and 1822. Fully deaf by this stage of his life, Beethoven nevertheless unleashes a rich array of new ideas that make extensive and innovative demands on musicianship and keyboard and pedal technique. Each sonata has its own distinct character, yet all of them mark a significant development of the form even from the strikingly original works of his middle period.

    “Perhaps these three sonatas should not be thought of as a single unit - but when you perform them in one sweep something extraordinary and mysterious happens to the music. Together they represent a long journey ending in silence.” Mitsuko Uchida

    Sonata for Piano No 30 in E
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 32 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    1 April 2015 - 7:15pm
    Music in the Round's 2015 Spring Series | An evening with pianist Tim Horton
    Tim Horton
    Crucible Studio Theatre Sheffield S1 1DA
    United Kingdom

    An evening with pianist Tim Horton: ‘Exploring the Beethoven piano sonatas’

    Everyone who has heard even a single performance of Tim Horton’s grand project to play the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas will have been transfixed by the outstanding musicianship and technical bravura of this remarkable Sheffield-based performer. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Paul Allen and with a liberal sprinkling of musical examples, Tim will discuss and answer audience questions about the demands of playing this extraordinary music and the personal impact that comes from total immersion with these masterpieces.

    This special evening comes one week before the final recital in Tim’s complete cycle.

    This event will last approx. 75 minutes with no interval

    What’s it like to play ‘in the round’?

    “At first terrifying but ultimately unique. You feel as though you are sharing something very special with friends.” Tim Horton

    Composition Not Known
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    2 April 2015 - 6:30pm
    Early evening concert | Edinburgh Quartet
    Edinburgh Quartet
    Cottiers Theatre Glasgow G11 5PU
    United Kingdom

    Mendelssohn and his World: In its 2014/15 Rush Hour Series the Edinburgh Quartet investigates various influences on the music of Mendelssohn.

    Tema con Variazioni. Andante sostenuto in E major from 4 Pieces for String Quartet
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 2 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 6 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Ciara Hendrick, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Guy Cutting, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    3 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Metamorphosen - Part of the Aldeburgh Music Easter Weekend
    Aldeburgh Strings, Lorenzo Soules, Markus Däunert
    Snape Maltings Concert Hall Snape IP17 1SP
    United Kingdom

    The meltingly intimate sextet that opens Strauss’s operatic discourse on the relative merits of music and poetry is also the prelude to this programme of contrasts, drawing inspiration from the distant past, but concluding with a grief-laden lament at recent history. Stravinsky and the young Britten turn to classical mythology to channel the spirit of Apollo, leader of the Muses and patron god of both poetry and music.

    Stravinsky’s bewitching ballet is both spritely and tender, poetic and majestic, whilst the febrile flourishes of Britten’s exhilarating miniature concerto exude youthful bravura. Strauss’s classically-titled elegy, a nostalgic In Memoriam both personal and profound was finished days before the second world war’s conclusion as Europe lay in ruins.

    Sextet from Capriccio
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Apollon Musagète
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Young Apollo
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Metamorphosen
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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    4 April 2015 - 11:00am
    Symphonies of Winds - Part of Aldeburgh Music's Easter Weekend
    Aldeburgh Winds, Nicholas Daniel
    Snape Maltings Concert Hall Snape IP17 1SP
    United Kingdom

    The brief flourish of a fanfare, portraits of Roman gods, a memorial, metamorphoses, music based on classical models; Aldeburgh Winds echo their string counterparts’ programme in music brimming with vitality – sonorous, richly textured and brilliantly exploiting the characteristics of their instruments, from solo oboe to a large wind ensemble.

    A pair of trumpets herald the honeyed textures and rich invention of Strauss’ youthful Serenade and Britten’s ingenious portraits in sound for solo oboe. Stravinsky’s ritualistic instrumental chanting decorates a simple In memoriam chorale, lending it a vivid and exotic charge before the tumultuous conclusion of Strauss’s magnificent large-scale symphony for winds.

    Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Fanfare for a New Theatre
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony for Wind Instruments
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in E flat
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    6 Metamorphoses after Ovid, for oboe
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    4 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    I Fagiolini - Part of Aldeburgh Music's Easter Weekend
    I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
    Snape Maltings Concert Hall Snape IP17 1SP
    United Kingdom

    Victoria and Schütz were from different worlds geographically and politically but wrote some of the most powerfully expressive music of their time. Schütz’s a capella setting of the Passion has a stripped-back feel: his use of brass in the accompanying Seven Last Words is extravagant by comparison. In contrast, the rich vocal satin of Victoria’s polyphony speaks of another place and times.

    St John Passion
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
    Lamentations for Holy Saturday
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Motets and Divisions for Holy Week
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    The Last Seven Words from the Cross
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
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    4 April 2015 - 5:30pm
    Pergolesi's Stabat mater | Take2! (soprano and countertenor duo)
    Adrian Boorman, Anna Shackleton, Jonathan French, Take2!
    St Giles' Church Oxford OX2 6HT
    United Kingdom

    Come along and experience this unusual opportunity to hear a special duet performance of Pergolesi's celebrated Passiontide Cantata Stabat mater for the end of Holy Week in the famous and historic setting of St Giles Church, located in the heart of the City of Oxford. St Giles Church provides a fitting backdrop for a performance of this the most famous composition of the 26year old master of the Italian Baroque and the most frequently reprinted work of the 18th century.

    This atmospheric Grade 1 listed building lies at the junction of the Woodstock and Banbury Roads, just north of the Oxford city wall. St Giles Church was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and surviving 12th century features include two windows in the north side of the clerestorey of the nave and the lower parts of the bell tower, finished early in the 13th century, along with Early English Gothic Lancet windows and the decorated Gothic Chancel.

    With its 13th century text, a strongly emotional retelling of the Passion story from the viewpoint of the grieving mother, the Virgin Mary, and extraordinary harmonic language it is little wonder that the popularity of the Stabat mater has endured to this day. The work's feeling of restrained 'sacred opera' is retained this evening, performed in a liturgical context, attempting to recreate what the composer may have originally intended and featuring the etherial combination of solo soprano and countertenor voices singing in the same octave.

    This is a very special event and one not to be missed, irrespective of your religious conviction, featuring the acclaimed Oxford based soloists, soprano Anna Shackleton and countertenor Adrian Boorman, both former students of Birmingham Conservatoire, accompanied by award-winning pianist and tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, Jonathan French.

    A text text translation and performance notes will be provided and donations are invited to support the St Giles Choir Academy.

    "The opening movement of Pergolesi's Stabat mater is the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer" Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

    Stabat Mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
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    3 April 2015 - 2:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem, transcribed for String Quartet | Liverpool String Quartet
    Liverpool String Quartet
    The Bluecoat Liverpool L1
    United Kingdom

    Don’t miss this exceptional arrangement by Peter Lichtenthal (Mozart’s pupil) of this masterpiece performed by the Liverpool String Quartet. Lichtenthal was able to reduce the soloists, choir and orchestra to the four voices of the string quartet and keep the main ideas and harmonies of the original intact. With apropos poetry reading.

    Despite being founded only four years ago, the Liverpool String Quartet has a reputation as a world class ensemble. In Liverpool, the Liverpool String Quartet has been Quartet in Residence at the Bluecoat in the heart of the city since 2012 and at Mayer Hall (Bebington, Wirral) since 2014. Notable concerts given in Merseyside have been held at the Williamson Art Gallery on the Wirral, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral (with an audience of 1600 people) and the Atkinson Art Gallery (Southport). International highlights include concerts at the Teatro Principal de Valls (Spain), in the Cathedral of Pamplona, and in Olite, Navarre. In July 2012 the Liverpool String Quartet conducted a tour of the Balearic islands, with concerts in Valldemossa (Mallorca) and were invited to perform in the inaugural concert of the prestigious International Music Festival of Mahon (Menorca). Their last tour in July was exclusively sponsored by International Water Company Comaigua with critical success.

    Requiem, transcribed for String Quartet
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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