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    7 February 2015 - 6:30pm
    La Valse: An Invitation to the Dance - piano recital with the story
    Natalia Strelchenko
    Abbey Road Church, St John's Wood London NW8 9BD
    United Kingdom

    La Valse: An Invitation to the Dance, piano recital with the story by

    Natalia Strelchenko

    This fascinating programme is taking the audience on a journey through the history of the waltz. Natalia Strelchenko, a Norwegian pianist of Russian origin will perform some of the best and greatest waltzes ever written. The brilliance of the performance will be enhanced by Natalia’s engaging commentary on the historic development of the 'king of dances' from its origin to the blossom and the eventual decline.

    "The next time Natalia Strelchenko comes to town, be there. Even before this 30-year-old pianist from Norway plays a note she lights up your life. Where others approach their instrument as they might a mausoleum, Strelchenko runs toward it, sparkling in silver and black, eager for arms and fingers to cascade, crisscross and caress". Geoff Brown, The Times

    Come and listen to the story of waltz, enjoy the music and post concert reception.

    Invitation to the Dance, 'Aufforderung zum Tanze'
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Valse-Caprice No 2
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Selection of waltzes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mephisto Waltz No 3
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    La Plus que lente
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    La Valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    3 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Alexander Shelley conducts Russian greats | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alessio Bax, Alexander Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Encompassing the hallmark romanticism of the nineteenth-century and the political angst of the Soviet Union, this all-Russian programme features some of the most distinctive works in the classical repertoire. The ebullience of the popular Overture to Glinka’s five-act Ruslan and Lyudmila is contrasted with Rachmaninov’s lavish Piano Concerto No.2, performed by Italian pianist Alessio Bax. Shostakovich’s imposing Symphony No 5 was completed just a few years before the outbreak of World War Two, at a time when Soviet composers were pressured to conform to requisites set by the authorities; the blend of satire and submission has intrigued audiences ever since its conception, while the triumphant Finale continues to astound to this day.

    Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in C minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    3 February 2015 - 7:00pm
    International Organ Recitals at the Tower - Christian Wilson
    Christian Wilson
    Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula London EC3N 4AB
    United Kingdom

    A new series of organ recitals performed by international recitalists on Tuesday evenings during February, at HM Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula within the Tower of London.

    A rare opportunity to experience the peaceful and beautifully restored Chapel within the romantic surroundings of the Tower in the absence of tourists, without paying an entrance fee!

    Regular Organist at the Tower, Christian Wilson, performs a varied programme including works by JS Bach, Nielsen, Litaize, Sweelinck and Tomkins.

    Tickets (£10) available on the door.

    Please arrive early at the main tourist gate due to transit time to the main chapel.

    Concert lasts 1 hour. Wine will be served.

    Other February recitals in 2015:

    10 February - Babett Hartmann (Copenhagen)

    17 February - Martin Baker (London)

    24 February - Colm Carey (Belfast/London)

    Fantasia and Fugue in G minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Commotio
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Prélude et danse fuguée
    Gaston Litaize (1909-1991)
  • 7 February 2015 - 8:00pm
    Vivaldi, Handel and Bach by candlelight
    Ivor Setterfield, Marije Johnston, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 11 in A
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    7 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Alex Patterson, Angela Kay, East of England Singers, Nottingham Concert Orchestra, Nottingham Festival Chorus
    The Albert Hall Nottingham NG1 5AA
    United Kingdom

    The Armed Man shot to the top of the classical music charts on its first release. Using a popular French secular melody as its basis, the work sets a mass for choir and orchestra alongside texts from across Western poetry - from Malory to Kipling - and also includes Hiroshima poetry from Japan, Hindu literature and the Muslim call to prayer. Relish the universal ideas presented through Jenkins' ardent depiction of the destructiveness of war and the exhilarating urgency of his plea for peace.

    The programme also includes the East of England Singers performing Antony le Fleming's Everyone Sang, a lyrical, passionate setting of a WW1 poem by Siegfried Sassoon, Copland's arresting Fanfare for the Common Man and, featuring the strings of the concert orchestra, Barber's transcendent Adagio.

    Alex Patterson's new work, On the Idle Hill, sets poetry by A E Housman and W N Hodgson and focuses on an individual's answer to the call for action following the outbreak of conflict and the ultimate sacrifice made by many on the front line. Discover the secrets of how this piece was put together by joining Alex and Antony le Fleming in conversation before the concert - a fascinating glimpse into the creative process.

    Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

    The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    Adagio for strings
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Everyone Sang
    Antony le Fleming ()
    On the idle hill
    Alex Patterson ()
  • 7 February 2015 - 6:00pm
    Russian Choral Treasures by candlelight | New London Singers
    Ivor Setterfield, New London Singers
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Heruvimska Pesma, 'Cherubic Hymn'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    We Hymn Thee
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Cherubic Hymn, 'Heruvimskaya pesn'
    Nikolai Golovanov (1891-1953)
    Glory, the only beggoten Son, 'Slava, edinorodnï sine'
    Nikolai Golovanov (1891-1953)
    Gladsome night, 'Svete tihiy'
    Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
    Blessed is the Man
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria) from Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Our Father, 'Otche nash'
    Nikolai Golovanov (1891-1953)
    To Thee, victorious leader, 'Vzbrannoy voyevode' from Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    7 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Rachmaninoff's Vespers (All-Night Vigil) | The Elysian Singers of London
    Ben Driver, Sam Laughton, The Elysian Singers of London
    Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square London SW1X 9BZ
    United Kingdom

    This concert marks the centenary of the composition of Rachmaninoff’s choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil, which was written in February 1915.

    Rachmaninoff had a great love of the chants of the Russian Orthodox Church, many of which form the backbone of the pieces making up the Vigil. For the rest, his own newly-composed melodies are almost indistinguishable from real chants: the composer referred to them as ‘a conscious counterfeit of the ritual’.

    Many of the texts for the All-Night Vigil are derived from the Psalms, and it was in the same year that Herbert Howells began to write his first set of Psalm Preludes for organ, a set of evocative miniature tone-poems. As with Rachmaninoff, his post-romantic style is imbued with the stepwise plainchant that Howells grew to know and love from his early association with the recently built Westminster Cathedral. For this reason, Howells’ pieces fit snugly into the flow of Rachmaninoff’s work, while providing the listener with a delightful contrast to the unaccompanied choral sound.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Three Psalm Preludes, Set 1, for organ
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
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    2 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Concert and talk with Danilo Mascetti (piano) and Stephen Johnson (presenter)
    Danilo Mascetti, Stephen Johnson
    Leighton House London W14 8LZ
    United Kingdom

    Stellar composer-virtuosos Liszt and Paganini were both accused of being in league with the Devil. Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird includes a vivid portrayal of infernal powers, while Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades tells chillingly of a pact made between the living and the dead. Join us as Danilo Mascetti brings his own brand of magic to these scintillating scores.

    Grandes études de Paganini
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Selection from 12 Lieder
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Illustrations of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Excerpts from The Firebird
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
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