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Format: 2017-01-18
Format: 2017-01-18
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    21 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Fidelio
    Anja Kampe, Ben Johnson, Christopher Purves, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices, Michael König, Peter Rose, Ronan Collett, Sofia Fomina, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Chained in a dungeon, an innocent man awaits certain death. But as the world goes about its business above him, someone has remembered his plight – and maybe, just maybe, the new prison-warder Fidelio holds the key to his fate. Beethoven loved his only opera more than anything he ever wrote. It's a tale of disguises and escapes, of tyranny and freedom, of heroism and love, all set to music of soul-stirring nobility and compassion, and it loses none of its power in concert. Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO are joined by London Voices and a world-class cast to retell one of the most inspiring stories ever set to music.

    This performance is sung in German with English narration.

    Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    25 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 20th century discoveries
    Kim Kashkashian, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Those 20th century blues ... from the darkest depths of the Second World War, Bohuslav Martinu cries out in anguish and rage. In Soviet Georgia, Giya Kancheli mourns a friend with a searingly beautiful musical liturgy; music stained with tears, performed tonight by one of the world's finest viola players. And the 85-year-old Vaughan Williams rages against the dying of the light in a Ninth Symphony of breathtaking ambition and imaginative fire. Three great composers, three extraordinary testimonies; as Vladimir Jurowski and the orchestra invite you to discover a different face of a century we all thought we knew.

    Mourned by the wind, liturgy for solo viola and orchestra
    Giya Kancheli (1935-)
    Memorial to Lidice
    Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    28 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: New worlds
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    How do you make a new musical world? Well, begin by forgetting everything you thought you knew about French baroque music – as Jean-Féry Rebel did in his uproarious Les élémens. Give it a bit of a swing, like Milhaud did in La Création du monde – a genre-busting ballet from the cafés and dance-halls of Jazz-Age Paris. And then, perhaps, like John Adams, close your eyes and dream of a supertanker rocketing skywards out of San Franscisco Bay. That's the astonishing vision that launches Adams's 'minimalist symphony' Harmonielehre: the glittering finish to a concert that might just change the very way you listen to music.

    Les élémens, simphonie nouvelle
    Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)
    La Création du Monde
    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
    Harmonielehre
    John Adams (1947-)
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    18 January 2017 - 7:45pm
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Baiba Skride, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    One of the oldest orchestras in the world, the Bergen Philharmonic celebrated its 250th anniversary last year, and returns to The Anvil with its new Chief Conductor. Grieg was Artistic Director of this orchestra in the 1880s, and the perennial freshness of his music to Peer Gynt never fails to make an impact in concert. Sibelius, a violinist himself, exploited all his knowledge of the instrument in his dramatic and atmospheric concerto. Perhaps the composer’s most approachable work, Bartok’s Concerto for orchestra is filled with musical colour and bursting with ideas, building steadily through its five movements to an exultant conclusion.

    "She soars through the difficulties of the solo part with effortless virtuosity and intensity" Sunday Times

    Excerpts from Peer Gynt
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Orchestra
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
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    19 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    After delivering an explosive unconducted performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Academy in 2015/16, Music Director and violinist Joshua Bell returns to play and direct the orchestra in another iconic masterpiece, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Two of Beethoven’s most popular works sit either side: the Egmont Overture powerfully captures the heroic tale of the 16th century Dutch Count Egmont’s resistance against the Inquisition, and Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', paints pictures of nature in all its glory, from bubbling brooks and sun-drenched meadows to raging storms.

    A pre-concert talk will take place from 6:30pm in the Caversham Room.

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    21 January 2017 - 8:00pm
    Manchester Chamber Ensemble (string octet)
    Manchester Chamber Ensemble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Richard Howarth, a devoted Vice President of the Society, has been bringing brilliant musicians from the orchestras of the North-West to Holmes Chapel since 1988. This season he brings eight accomplished string players to include the ever popular Mendelssohn’s Octet in their programme. The Ensemble, formed in 2007, has appeared at important venues in the region including The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

    “Always a joy to listen to...”

    This is the fifth in the 45th season of nine professional 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 250. 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.

    Suite from 'Capriccio', arranged for string sextet
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    String Sextet No 1 in B flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Octet for Strings in E flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    20 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nikolai Lugansky, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    The best of Russia comes to Saffron Hall. Legendary conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the renowned St Petersburg Philharmonic through suites from two of the best-loved ballets in the repertoire, including Prokofiev’s grand-canvas response to Shakespeare’s tale of star-cross’d lovers. Towering Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky performs Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Rachmaninov’s most lavishly romantic and popular score.

    Suite No 2 from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    24 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    Anna Tsybuleva (piano)
    Anna Tsybuleva
    Town Hall Skipton BD23 1AH
    United Kingdom

    The Leeds International Piano Competition winner of 2015, Anna Tsybuleva was born in the Ukraine in 1990 and began piano studies at the age of six. She is currently a post-graduate student at the Moscow Conservatory, also studying with Claudio Martinez Mehner at Basel Music Academy. In 2012 she won first prize at the International Gilels Piano Competition in Odessa and has performed at a number of music festivals in Russia, USA, Europe and Japan. Following her success at Leeds she has received many invitations to perform in the UK and internationally.

    Fantasia in F sharp minor, 'Feelings'
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Symphonic Etudes
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano in G minor
    Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951)
    Selection from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    L'isle joyeuse
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Selection from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    20 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Truls Mørk (cello)
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner, Truls Mørk
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1765, and its rich history includes a period under the artistic direction of Edvard Grieg.

    The orchestra’s recently appointed Chief Conductor is Edward Gardner, acclaimed for his work with English National Opera, who showcases his superb musicians here in a colourful and compelling programme, including Bartók’s virtuosic, orchestral showpiece,Concerto for Orchestra.

    One of the outstanding cellists of today, Norwegian Truls Mørk, is the soloist for Elgar’s deeply-felt Cello Concerto.

    Part of Cadogan Hall's Zurich International Orchestra Series 2016-17

    Peer Gynt Suite No 1
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Orchestra
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
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    26 January 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé with Steven Osborne, conductrd by Louis Langrée
    Louis Langrée, Steven Osborne, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    This trans-Atlantic tale of two cities begins with New Yorker Aaron Copland’s haunting evocation of an urban landscape at night, its solo trumpet capturing the hushed vistas of empty streets. More fantastic locations are conjured in Maurice Ravel’s enchanting Mother Goose Suite, the first of two pieces in this concert by the Parisian impressionist. Like many Frenchmen Ravel was seduced by the blue tones of American jazz and his breezy Piano Concerto in G has more than a nod to Gershwin amongst its deft flicks of colour and darting virtuosic runs.

    Gershwin’s own fusion of classical and jazz was prompted by bandleader Paul Whiteman, for whose ‘Experiment in Modern Music’ concert Rhapsody in Blue was written in 1924. From the opening clarinet glissando it walks and talks the rhythms of Manhattan’s sidewalks, whilst finding room for one of the composer’s most glowing melodies. The French connection ends with what Gershwin described as ‘the most modern music I have ever attempted’. An American in Paris is a giddy love affair with the city, its rich blues harmonies rubbing shoulders with blaring taxi horns.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James on jazz in Ravel and Gershwin

    Quiet City
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Rhapsody in Blue
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Suite from Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    An American in Paris
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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