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Format: 2015-01-25
Format: 2015-01-25
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    28 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Debussy, Lindberg, Wagner and Scriabin | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Barbara Hannigan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The musical visionary Alexander Scriabin couldn’t find a strong enough literary inspiration for the culmination to his symphonic journey, The Poem of Ecstasy. So he wrote his own. The resulting poem told of the universe being ‘embraced by enveloping flames’ only to free itself through divine power, ‘resounding with the joyful cry, I am!’ But Scriabin’s outlandish words pale next to the swirling colours and heady perfumes of his music. A concert of intense musical creations including a world premiere from new Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg, ends with Scriabin’s extraordinary symphonic vision of ‘the soaring flight of the spirit’.

    Fragments symphoniques from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Work for soprano and orchestra (world premiere)
    Magnus Lindberg (1958-)
    Prelude to Act I from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    The Poem of Ecstasy
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
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    31 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: New Jerusalem - Parry, MacMillan, Panufnik
    Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Nostalgia has always been a potent force in British music; but the emotions it inspires can look forward as well as back. In this programme, James MacMillan takes up where Elgar left off with Seven Angels (world premiere), a superb new oratorio based on the Last Judgment, while the world premiere of Since we parted by Roxanna Panufnik, and much-loved favourites by Parry evoke a century of great music.

    'music-making of exceptional, ecstatic virtuosity' (New Statesman)

    *A £3 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage, will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall box offices.

    Jerusalem
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    6 Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Seven Angels
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    Since we parted
    Roxanna Panufnik (1968-)
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    30 January 2015 - 8:00pm
    Coull String Quartet - Benslow Music International Concert Series
    Coull String Quartet, Nicholas Roberts, Philip Gallaway, Roger Coull, Rose Redgrave
    Peter Morrison Hall, Benslow Music Trust Hitchin SG4 9RB
    United Kingdom

    Programme included in ticket price; free accessible parking; licensed bar

    String Quartet in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    String Quartet No 9 in C, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    25 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Elizabeth Watts (soprano) - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Elizabeth Watts, Roger Vignoles
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    With a voice described by International Record Review as "one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation" Elizabeth Watts has quickly established a career at the highest level. She represented her country in the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, where she won the coveted Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize. A former Kathleen Ferrier Prize-winner, she was also a BBC 'New Generation Artist' and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London. In thi recital she is joined by the distinguished accompanist, Roger Vignoles.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Composition Not Known
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Composition Not Known
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Composition Not Known
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
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    31 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Harry Winstanley (flute) plays Nielsen with Maidstone Symphony Orchestra
    Brian Wright, Harry Winstanley, Maidstone Symphony Orchestra
    Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre Maidstone ME15 7RN
    United Kingdom

    The third concert in the orchestra's 104th Season. The brilliant young flautist Harry Winstanley was brought up in Maidstone. He plays Nielsen's Flute Concerto and his own orchestration of a charming Fantasy by Taffenel.

    Come and enjoy Steve Migden's pre-concert talk at 6.40pm.

    Overture from Der Freischütz
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Fantasia on Weber's 'Der Freischütz'
    Paul Taffanel (1844-1908)
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Symphony No 6 in D
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    25 January 2015 - 2:30pm
    Original Scores: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Locke’s The Tempest
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe London SE1 9DT
    United Kingdom

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with, fittingly, a Jacobean programme, centred around Matthew Locke’s incidental music to The Tempest, alongside music for violin band, including masque dances and character pieces.

    Be transported back to 17th century London in the company of this, one of the world’s most celebrated and innovative period instrument ensembles.

    Incidental music to 'The Tempest'
    Matthew Locke (1622-1677)
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    1 February 2015 - 3:00pm
    Dunk conducts Dvorák with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
    Roderick Dunk, Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Veronika Shoot
    Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU
    United Kingdom

    Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, was an instant commercial and critical success. It retells the Biblical story of the Jewish captivity in Babylon. The overture provides a dramatic assortment of themes, mainly from the famous choruses.

    The rich, glorious legacy of 18th century music provides the starting point for Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 4, but the boundaries of form are pushed in unexpected directions. Beethoven plays with traditional expectations by developing small melodic cells and rhythmic patterns in surprising ways. He devises absorbing dialogues between the piano and orchestra, which have a conversational character, creating convincing musical arguments.

    Melodies simply pour out of much of Dvorák’s music, not least in his gorgeous Eighth Symphony. It’s packed full of flowing, Romantic tunes, which are skilfully bound together and brought to life with spontaneous bursts of instrumental colour. The composer balances satisfying structures with attractive pictorial elements inspired by the rolling hills around his home in Iowa.

    Free pre-concert talk by Derek Watmough MBE, 2.15pm

    Overture from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    30 January 2015 - 6:00pm
    I Fagiolini | A Tale of Four Cities - 1: Venice
    Anna Crookes, Charles Gibbs, I Fagiolini, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long, Robert Hollingworth
    The Great Hall, Jesmond Dene House Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 2EY
    United Kingdom

    Monteverdi relished his freedom as maestro of St Marks’ basilica, providing sacred music there and also working freelance, writing intimate and sensual chamber music for private homes. We eavesdrop on such a recital in a Palazzo on the Grand Canal of his a capella madrigals, solos, duets and music by his contemporaries.

    Grounded in the classics of the Renaissance and twentieth-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative staged productions. The group has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premièred The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. I Fagiolini has performed worldwide from BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center Festival to the Far East and Africa.

    Ch'io t'ami e t'ami from Madrigals Book 5
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Ohimè, dov’é il mio ben
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Si dolce è’l tormento
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Lamento della ninfa
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Anima mia, perdona from Madrigals Book 4 (1603)
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Zefiro Torna from Madrigals Book 6
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Ohime’ il bel viso from Madrigals Book 6
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Gira il nemico insidioso from Madrigals Book 8
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Sestina: 'Lagrime d'amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata from Madrigals Book 6
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    31 January 2015 - 6:00pm
    I Fagiolini | A Tale of Four Cities - 3: London
    Anna Crookes, Charles Gibbs, I Fagiolini, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long, Robert Hollingworth
    The Great Hall, Jesmond Dene House Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 2EY
    United Kingdom

    A programme of some of the best-loved English a capella repertoire from 500 years. From Henry VII’s appointee John Skelton’s imaginings of Christ speaking on the cross to madrigals from Elizabeth’s reign. Further music to celebrate the appointment of Thomas Tomkins to the Chapel Royal in 1622 and The Cries of London set into a consort song. Solo songs and trios by Purcell lead us on to Britten’s settings of mediaeval English lyrics in ‘Sacred & Profane’, written just before he died. Flanders and Swann may be provided.

    The final programme will be a little fuller and there will be some talking interspersed with the music by Robert Hollingworth.

    Grounded in the classics of the Renaissance and twentieth-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative staged productions. The group has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premièred The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. I Fagiolini has performed worldwide from BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center Festival to the Far East and Africa.

    Woefully arrayed
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    The City Cries
    Richard Dering (c1580-1630)
    The Three Ravens
    Thomas Ravenscroft (1582-1633)
    When the cock begins to crow
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    8 Medieval Lyrics, 'Sacred and Profane'
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Hey Trolly Lolly Lo
    Anonymous ()
    Oft Have I Vowed
    John Wilbye (1574-1638)
    Music for a while from Oedipus
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    1 February 2015 - 11:00am
    I Fagiolini | A Tale of Four Cities - 4: Ingatestone
    Anna Crookes, Charles Gibbs, I Fagiolini, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long, Robert Hollingworth
    The Great Hall, Jesmond Dene House Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 2EY
    United Kingdom

    By the 1590s, William Byrd was unquestionably England’s greatest composer but, as a Catholic in Protestant England, was interrogated and prosecuted, despite Queen Elizabeth I’s personal protection. But Byrd, the ‘father of music’, continued to write for the Catholic church in his ‘retirement’ in the tiny village of Stondon Massey in Essex, near his patron’s home, Ingatestone. These works were performed in secret, ever fearful of the arrival of Walsingham’s secret police. This concert presents Byrd’s peerless Mass for four voices, motets and readings from the time.

    Grounded in the classics of the Renaissance and twentieth-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative staged productions. The group has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premièred The Full Monteverdi, a dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. I Fagiolini has performed worldwide from BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center Festival to the Far East and Africa.

    Kyrie Eleison from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Gloria from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Deus venerunt gentes
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Credo from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ne Irascaris, Domine
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Agnus Dei from Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Why do I use my paper, ink and pen
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
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