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Format: 2015-05-29
Format: 2015-05-29
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    3 June 2015 - 7:55pm
    Ex Cathedra: Rachmaninoff's Vespers
    Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Passionate, serene, and rooted in a deep and heartfelt faith, Rachmaninoff loved his Vespers above all his other works. They gave their composer “an hour of the most complete satisfaction”, and every performance creates a quite unmistakable atmosphere. On a summer evening in the wonderful acoustic of Southwell Minster they will speak with real eloquence.

    '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 Symphony Hall and Town Hall (Birmingham) box offices.

    Tickets are also available in person from Southwell Minster Cathedral Shop.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    5 June 2015 - 8:00pm
    London Klezmer Quartet - Benslow Music International Concert Series
    Bingham String Quartet, Carol Isaacs, Ilana Cravitz, Indra Buraczewska, London Klezmer Quartet, Susi Evans
    Peter Morrison Hall, Benslow Music Trust Hitchin SG4 9RB
    United Kingdom

    Another opportunity to join the London Klezmer Quartet in an evening of entertaining and moving Jewish traditional music-making.

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

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    6 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Nico Muhly - Sentences
    Britten Sinfonia, Iestyn Davies, Lawrence Power, Nico Muhly
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Compelling listening is promised in Nico Muhly's new work based on the life, tragically cut short of Alan Turing, the ‘father’ of computer science and artificial intelligence. This unsung hero has inspired Muhly to unfold the story of a man whose code-breaking was undoubtedly a decisive factor in the Allied Victory in the Second World War. Acclaimed counter-tenor Iestyn Davies performs the role of Turing to a libretto by best-selling author Adam Gopnik. Muhly’s own sound world is a colourful mosaic of passions and influences which we can hear in the first part of the concert with laments, sacred and profane by Dowland, Britten and Vivaldi.

    In conversation - Sat 6 Jun, The Fountain Room (Barbican), 6.30pm: A pre-concert talk with Nico Muhly about his new work (Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Limited capacity)

    If My Complaints Could Passions Move
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of John Dowland, for Viola and Piano
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Stabat Mater
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Nico Muhly (1981-)
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    6 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Louis Lortie (piano)
    Louis Lortie
    Vinehall School Theatre Robertsbridge TN32 5JL
    United Kingdom

    French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialise in one particular style. The Times, describing his playing as “ever immaculate, ever imaginative”, has identified Lortie’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have”.

    Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. Die Welt described his Berlin performances as “possibly the finest Beethoven since the time of Wilhelm Kempff.” As both pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos. He has also won widespread acclaim for his interpretation of Ravel and Chopin. He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes. He celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals and performs it at the Carnegie Hall in 2014. His Chandos recording of this monumental work was named one of the ten best of 2012 by the New Yorker magazine.

    In 2013-14 Lortie tours in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, the Suisse Romande, Nurnberg, BBC Philharmonic, Dresden and Hamburg, play-directs a Mozart program for the Toronto Symphony, and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia, Warsaw, Montreal, Bournemouth, the Casals Festival, the Sydney Opera House, the National Arts Center, Duke University and in Milan.

    French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie's Beethoven recital was lyrical, thoughtful and imaginative, adopting tempos in the fast movements that were restrained and cogent. [In Opus 7] Lortie sublimated any tendency towards velocity to bring to the fore a glowing sense of line. Lortie sustained the elegiac slow movement against the multiple distractions of upset wine glasses inside and speed boats on the harbour. [In sonata Opus 10, No.1] Lortie allowed the fiery first movement to achieve a sense of long line, making a gentle idyll of the slow movement and leaving the finale to take on a mood of urgency. The recital showed Beethoven playing at its most thoughtful and mature. The Sydney Morning Herald

    I don't know another recording of Liszt operatic fantasies quite as pleasurably satisfying as this one. In individual works, Lortie has entered the realm of the great Egon Petri. International Record Review

    After due reflection, I think this is one of the greatest discs of Liszt’s opera paraphrases I have ever heard. [...] Every one – and I mean every single one – that Louis Lortie plays offers either a new benchmark or a version to stand with the best. [...] In addition, the Fazioli piano, beautifully recorded at Potton Hall, is a lively, powerful and velvety-toned instrument from which Lortie draws the most sumptuous sounds [...] This is an exceptional release. Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

    Sonata for Piano No 29 in B flat, 'Hammerklavier'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    8 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Rosenblatt Recitals - Marcello Giordani (tenor) and Macrì Simone (piano)
    Macrì Simone, Marcello Giordani
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    A rare London appearance from one of today’s leading spinto tenors, Marcello Giordani. A favourite of the Metropolitan Opera, where he returns in October, Giordani boasts a remarkable range, power and upper register: “the real thing, an Italian tenor who sang with ringing power and sweeping fervor” (New York Times). Giordani performs his second Rosenblatt Recital, having first appeared in the 06/07 season.

    “Giordani has all the ingredients to fill the role of the Met’s star tenor: a remarkable range, a strong instrument, an attractive stage presence.” Washington Post

    Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    La Ricordanza
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    O Del Mio Amato Ben
    Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)
    Vaghissima sembianza from 36 Arie di Stile Antico, Volume 2
    Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Lasciati amar
    Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1858-1919)
    Vieni, amor mio
    Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1858-1919)
    Forse la soglia attinse from Un ballo in maschera, 'A masked ball'
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Quando le sere al placido from Luisa Miller
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    La Serenata
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    L'ultima Canzone
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Di te
    Pietro Adolfo Tirindelli (1858-1937)
    E vui durmiti ancora
    Gaetano Emanuel Cali (1885-1936)
    Mentìa l’avviso
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Nessun dorma from Turandot
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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    2 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé
    Benjamin Grosvenor, Sir Mark Elder, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    The most exciting British pianist of his generation, Benjamin Grosvenor comes to the Royal Concert Hall for the first time, joining the Hallé in Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto, a carefree piece with a mischievous spirit and much-loved slow movement. It's a far cry from the warring passions of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, its famous love theme assailed on both sides by thrilling musical skirmishes. Janácek's delightful opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, provides a suite of some of the composer's most accomplished orchestral writing before Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra* shows how much fun you can have with a Purcell tune and a team of eighty brilliant musicians.

    *with actors from the Manchester School of Theatre.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Professor Mervyn Cooke on Briten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Suite from 'The Cunning Little Vixen' (arr. Mackerras)
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    7 June 2015 - 2:45pm
    Nicola Benedetti - Brahms's Violin Concerto / Dvorák's Symphony No 5
    John Gibbons, Nicola Benedetti, Worthing Symphony Orchestra
    Assembly Hall Worthing BN11 1HQ
    United Kingdom

    The violin repertoire with its soaring melodic lines, exquisite oboe solo in the slow movement and a dancing finale infused with the fire of Hungarian dances.

    Otto Nicholai’s popular Shakespearean overture is a classic romantic opera overture – tuneful, sprightly and bucolic.

    Dvorák's Fifth Symphony is a delightful work full of lilting Czech dance rhythms and melting melodies embedded in a serene pastoral atmosphere. The work ends with one of Dvorák's greatest finales with brilliant fanfares for trumpets and trombones.

    Overture from The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
    Symphony No 5 in F
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    29 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Petrenko's Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lisa Larsson, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    When Elgar’s First Symphony was first performed in 1908, the Manchester audience simply stood up and cheered. A century on, it’s still one of the greatest journeys in British music, beginning and ending with what might be the most unforgettable tune even Elgar ever composed. For Vasily Petrenko, it’s all about the emotion, and so he’s paired it with music in which two more great composers lay bare their souls: Janácek’s moving hymn to the human spirit, and shimmering love songs from the Vienna of Mahler and Klimt, performed today by one of Europe’s most admired operatic sopranos.

    Suite from From the House of the Dead
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Sieben Frühe Lieder (7 Early Songs)
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Symphony No 1 in A flat
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    3 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Summer Concert: The Melandra Duo (harp and clarinet)
    Lynn Threadgold, Maxine Molin-Rose, Melandra Duo
    Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber Clitheroe BB7 2RA
    United Kingdom

    Born in Manchester into a musical family, Maxine was brought up in Glossop. Its no coincidence that the name of her clarinet and flute duos are called Melandra, the Roman name for Glossop.

    Maxines parents, both playing in the Hallé Orchester, encouraged her musical abilities and her first public recital was at a festival when she was 10. Five years later, she took the Harp solo part in Mozart's Flute and Harp concerto and a year later was playing in the old Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

    Since 1989 Maxine has been a busy freelance musician, playing in a number of high-profile orchestras such as the Hallé.

    Maxine's regular clarinet partner is Lynn Threadgold.

    Members, family and friends - and non-members - are invited to come to this concert and see and hear enjoyable music. Newsletters and information about the Society will be available on the night. There are no tickets and no entry charge, but a donation to cover the costs of the evening will be gratefully received!

    Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
    Paul Reade (1943-1997)
    Arcadian Sketches
    John Marson (1932-)
    Franz Poenitz (1850-1912)
    6 American Sketches
    Skaila Kanga (1946-)
    Una voce poco fa from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, 'The Barber of Seville'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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    6 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxford Philomusical
    Alina Ibragimova, Oxford Philomusica, Vladimir Ashkenazy
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    Of rising star Alina Ibragimova The Times prasied her performance style as “a mixture of total abandonment and total control that is in no way contradictory,” and that she is “destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come”. Already she has performed with most of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors, beginning at the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra at the age of just six years old. With a musical career spanning over six decades as a pianist and conductor, Oxford Philomusica Patron Vladimir Ashkenazy is one of the most celebrated conductors, appearing with leading ensembles all over the world.

    Overture from Der Freischütz
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 3 in G, 'Strassburg'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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