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Format: 2020-02-22
Format: 2020-02-22
  • 23 February 2020 - 11:30pm
    Michael Sanderling conducts Sibelius and Brahms | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Michael Sanderling, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Michael Sanderling conducts two key late romantic works: Sibelius’s darkly beautiful Violin Concerto and Brahms’s masterful Fourth Symphony.

    Brahms called his Fourth “my sad symphony,” but this modest adjective belies the composer’s emotional range and consummate structural skill. His friend, the critic Eduard Hanslick, put it better: “It is like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back.” Michael Sanderling is an insightful guide to the subtle joys and rewarding depths of this cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire.

    Sibelius began his musical life as a violinist, and brought his first-hand knowledge of the instrument’s capabilities and huge expressive potential to his only concerto. By turns hauntingly beautiful and devilishly virtuosic, the piece makes huge demands on the soloist. Austrian violinist Emanuel Tjeknavorian is more than equal to its challenges - in 2015, aged just 20, he won the prize for best interpretation of this concerto at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 27 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    John Wilson conducts Elgar and Korngold | Philharmonia Orchestra
    John Wilson, Leonidas Kavakos, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Hear John Wilson conduct Elgar’s visionary final symphony, alongside Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos.

    Left unfinished at the time of his death, Elgar’s Third Symphony ranks among the greatest pieces of British music ever written. The sweeping music traces a journey from an opening march through to a wistful dance in its second movement, on to an evocative adagio of searing intensity. Elgar’s masterful writing speaks directly to the listener: his symphony builds to an emotional climax in the final movement, before fading away to nothing. The symphony was completed by Anthony Payne, and first performed in 1998.

    Where Elgar’s music formed Britain’s musical heart, Korngold’s bridges two worlds: trained in the European tradition, he found his home in Hollywood. Virtuosic and playful, but sincere and heartfelt, his Violin Concerto is magic made into music. Performed tonight by Leonidas Kavakos – “superbly articulate and incisive, yet rapturously lyrical” (The Guardian) – the piece moves through jigs, romances and adventure, all with ravishing melodies taken from Korngold’s own film scores.

    First Essay, for orchestra
    Charlie Barber (1949-)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Symphony No 3 in C minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 22 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2003 - Fantasy and revolution
    Christine Rice, Dima Slobodeniouk, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Two explosive chords open the ‘Eroica’ Symphony: and just like that, Ludwig van Beethoven unleashed two turbulent centuries of musical innovation, exploration and revolution. The ‘Eroica’ still delivers a formidable shock today, and Jörg Widmann’s huge, haunting and startlingly emotional Lied for Orchestra, written exactly 200 years later, is just one way of dealing with the aftermath. And for another, join conductor Dima Slobodeniouk and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice in the year 1903, as they board Maurice Ravel’s ship of dreams, Shéhérazade, and drift away to a place ‘where fantasy sleeps like an empress’. Escapism has never sounded more seductive.

    Lied für Orchester
    Jörg Widmann (1973-)
    Shéhérazade, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Symphony No 3 in E flat, 'Eroica'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 26 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2004 - New visions
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Sergej Krylov
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A tale of night, a tale of fire, a tale of love, and a tale of Fate. ‘A work of art is unpredictable. It makes its own rules’, said the late Einojuhani Rautavaara, but the warmth, poetry and deep, dark beauty of his Book of Visions (2004) casts its spell over this whole concert – whether music from 1904, when Elgar and Webern each chose to throw their music open to sunlight and warmth, or from 1804, when virtuoso violinist Louis Spohr revelled in a new world of musical possibilities. With the mesmerising Sergej Krylov as Spohr’s champion tonight, you’ll hear why Beethoven was a fan.

    In the South, 'Alassio'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 2
    Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
    Im Sommerwind
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    Book of Visions
    Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928- )
  • 28 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2005 - Poetry and belief
    Jeremy Denk, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Not all revolutions are noisy. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the piano all alone and playing softly – the kind of enigma that the American philosopher-pianist Jeremy Denk simply loves to explore. And in this latest instalment of 2020 Vision, conductor Osmo Vänskä follows it up with nearly as many questions as answers. From 1905 there’s a self-proclaimedly ‘heroic’ symphony with a remarkably poetic soul and, from 2005, Krzysztof Penderecki’s hauntingly beautiful tribute to another great Pole in an age of oppression and doubt: music that – as Beethoven once put it – comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Chaconne in memory of John Paul II
    Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-)
    Symphony No 1
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
  • 27 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Wagner 360° | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, Mariam Batsashvili, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Wagner’s incomparable opera Tristan und Isolde features in the second concert of Alexander Shelley’s 360° series, exploring musical influences and relationships that inspired great composers. The profoundly meditative Prelude and Liebestod opens the opera with lush orchestration, expressive harmonies and chromaticism that divided those who heard it in its day, irrevocably influencing the course of Western music in the nineteenth century.

    Bülow and Liszt were both contemporaries and supporters of Wagner, whose personal relationships are well documented through Wagner’s scandalous affair with Liszt’s daughter – Bülow’s wife. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Bülow’s Nirwana exhibit a Wagnerian fanaticism, but countering this is Brahms, whose stalwart conservative voice of the era is heard in the classically influenced Variations on a theme by Haydn.

    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Nirwana
    Hans von Bülow (1830-1894)
    Variations on a theme by Haydn, 'St Anthony Chorale'
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 23 February 2020 - 11:30am
    Noisy Kids: Circus Circus | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Benjamin Pope, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Steiner
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Roll up, roll up and see the amazing Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the greatest show in Reading.

    Back by popular demand, the Orchestra invites you to come and experience all the magic of the circus in this fun-filled family concert. Bite-sized pieces of well-known music introduce you to the orchestra, mixed with fun and games from your ringside seat!

    Featuring music from The Greatest Showman, Carmen, Monty Python, Entry of the Gladiators and much more!

  • 23 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Brahms's Double Concerto | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Domingo Hindoyan, Duncan Riddell, Richard Harwood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Rich in harmony and tenderness, Brahms's Double Concerto is a highlight of the 2019-2020 classical season in Reading, not to be missed. Favoured for its heart-swelling melodic balance between the cello and violin, against the abundance of the orchestra; the double concerto climaxes with joyful triumph and majesty.

    The second half of this concert is dedicated to Tchaikovsky's monumental Symphony No 5. Tchaikovsky's use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. It is rightfully remembered as one of the great romantic symphonies.

    Overture from A Life for the Tsar
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 22 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Great Romantics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Domingo Hindoyan, Duncan Riddell, Richard Harwood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra in Partnership at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, performs one of the great romantic symphonies: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. A cornerstone of Russian music, it presents the ultimate journey from darkness to light with a triumphant conclusion. The use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core, though common for the composer, paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. Its frequent use hints also at a deep anxiety that plagued the composer, underlying even when the sullen fourth movement is broken by a glorious E major finale.

    Brahms’s Double Concerto written for violin, cello and orchestra makes for an exquisite first half with RPO Leader Duncan Riddell and Principal Cello Richard Harwood. A masterpiece of virtuosic writing and instrumentation, Brahms’s last orchestral work set new boundaries for the possibilities of the concerto form.

    Overture from A Life for the Tsar
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 29 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Duo Antipodes (guitar and cello)
    Duo Antipodes, Jehanne Bastoni, Manus Noble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Irish guitarist Manus Noble graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2010 with 1st class honours and also from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, where he was awarded a distinction for his Masters in Performance. He was given Performance Awards by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster and Ian Flemming Trust, and was accepted onto the Park Lane Group Concert Series at the Purcell Room. He won first prize in the Royal College of Music Guitar and Ivor Mairants Guitar Competitions.

    “Manus Noble is one of the very best of the new generation of guitarists. His fantastic technique, fluid, intuitive musicianship and warm and engaging on-stage personality make Manus a complete artist.” - Craig Ogden

    In 2011, Australian cellist Jehanne obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, having previously studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore as the recipient of a full scholarship. Jehanne has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, as well as playing with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra in Milan and the Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.

    This is the seventh in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Musica notturna della strada di Madrid, for string quintet
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Nana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Danza española No 5, 'Andaluza' from 12 danzas españolas, for piano
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Asturiana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    One starry night
    Traditional Irish ()
    Theme and Variations on a Japanese folk song ‘Sakura’
    Yuquijiro Yocoh (1929-)
    Benga Beat
    Gary Ryan (1969-)
    Spiegel im Spiegel
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Theme from 'Howl's Moving Castle'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Theme from the film 'Laputa: Castle In The Sky'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Heal, for guitar
    Manus Noble ()
    Reflexoes
    Jaime Zenamon (1953-)
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