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Format: 2015-05-04
Format: 2015-05-04
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    8 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    European Union Chamber Orchestra - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Emma Johnson, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hans-Peter Hofmann
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Emma Johnson needs very little introduction. One of the few clarinettists to have established a busy solo career which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia, after she won BBC Young Musican of the Year in 1984. Later she became a winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York - both whilst still at school. Emma is still in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, composer, arranger, equally at home wih classical and jazz.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Hexagon Auditorium (free)

    Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No 3
    Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Air and Dance
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Symphony No 65 in A
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    8 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Arcangelo with Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Jonathan Cohen (director)
    Arcangelo, Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Countertenor Iestyn Davies is much sought-after on concert and opera stages across the world, famed for his glorious tone and engaging performance style. He joins award- winning instrumental ensemble Arcangelo and Director Jonathan Cohen for an evening of Baroque masterpieces.

    In this elegant programme, Bach’s Violin Sonata in G and Telemann’s Viola Concerto are flanked by excerpts from Bach’s vocal cantatas, from the lilting obligato of Wie Starb die Heldin so Vergnügt to the gentle call to restfulness of Schlummert ein.

    ‘Director Jonathan Cohen and his ensemble Arcangelo capture the rapid unexpected twists of the younger Bach’s radical imagination.’ BBC Music Magazine

    Cantata No 54, 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Schlummert ein from 'Ich Habe Genug'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt from Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Vergnügte Ruh from Cantata No 170 , 'Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Violin and Continuo No 2 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Viola and Strings in G
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
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    9 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Organ recital by William McVicker
    William McVicker
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Reading Town Hall's Organ Curator, William McVicker, celebrates the Wills organ's 150th concert season with a programme of fun music. From overtures to The Pirates of Penzance and Zampa through Lloyd-Webber's pieces about pussy cats, to a rousing march by the astronomer Patrick Moore, this is a concert for all ages and promises to be the most fun you can have with a pipe organ!

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

    Marche Triomphale: 'Nun danket alle Gott' from 66 Chorale improvisationen
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
    Overture from The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    In Springtime
    Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
    Fantasia on old Welsh Airs
    William Faulkes (1863–1933)
    March: Halley's Comet
    Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)
    Jubliant March
    Richard Dawre (1848-1891)
    Overture to 'Zampa'
    Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833)
    Five Portraits
    William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)
    Sortie in E flat
    Louis Lefébure-Wély (1817-1869)
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    6 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Barbara Hannigan in Focus I - Stravinsky and neo-classicism
    Barbara Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    When Le Figaro wrote ‘this woman must come from another planet’ they got it absolutely right! Barbara Hannigan is an exceptional artist, revered for her sensational voice and her charisma, and, tonight, she brings her passion for music , and her skills as a singer and as a musical director, to a programme which plays with the contrasting and complementary sound worlds of Mozart, Haydn and Stravinsky.

    Image - Barbara Hannigan (c) Elmer de Haas

    Overture from La Clemenza di Tito
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Souvenirs de mon enfance
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Pastorale
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony No 49 in F minor, 'La Passione'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Act 1 Scene 3 from The Rake's Progress
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Overture from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Pulcinella, concert suite from the ballet
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
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    7 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Barbara Hannigan in Focus II - Songs of Vienna
    Barbara Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia
    Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London EC2Y 9BH
    United Kingdom

    “Decadent and dripping with passion” – that’s how Barbara Hannigan describes tonight’s programme of late romanticism. Love, loss and longing abound in these pieces infused with deeply rich harmonies and sensuous orchestral textures, culminating in Schoenberg’s iconic Second String Quartet which marked his musical journey from tradition towards the beckoning intrigues of dissonance.

    Image - Barbara Hannigan (c) Elmer de Haas

    Gavotte from Capriccio
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    6 Pieces for Piano 4 hands
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Hier ist Friede from Altenberg Lieder
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Chanson perpétuelle
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Lagunenwalzer (Lagoon Waltz)
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    String Quartet No 2 in F sharp minor
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
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    9 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and Choir conducted by Carlos Izcaray
    Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Carlos Izcaray, David Lowe
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom
    Gesang der Parzen
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Nänie
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    New work
    Peter Yarde Martin (1988-)
    Dances of Galánta
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
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    10 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    de Havilland Philharmonic - Magic of Broadway
    de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Browning
    The Weston Auditorium Hatfield AL10 9EU
    United Kingdom

    Showtime with the de Havilland Philharmonic! The orchestra will be joined by a sparkling selection of singers for a magical evening showcasing the best of Broadway's music and songs!

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    13 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Warsaw Philharmonic
    April Fredrick, Jacek Kaspszyk, Noriko Ogawa, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Charismatic Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa has a particular affection for Nottingham, where she's given many memorable performances. She returns with the superb Warsaw Philharmonic to perform Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto whose expressive, singing style verges on the operatic. Songs played a central part in much of Gustav Mahler's music, not least in his 4th Symphony where the traditional poem, 'Heaven is hung with violins' becomes an angelic soprano solo, its vision of celestial bliss the culmination of an unforgettable journey from experience to innocence.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Noriko Ogawa in conversation

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Symphony No 4 in G
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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    10 May 2015 - 2:30pm
    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alina Ibragimova, Dima Slobodeniouk, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    In his Liverpool debut visit, the dynamic young Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk joins Alina Ibragimova – according to The Arts Desk, ‘the most questing and lively young violinist of our time’ - to revel in the endless melody of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto, with Sibelius’s powerful Nordic drama En Saga setting the mood. Also featured is Beethoven’s incredible Seventh Symphony, referred to by Wagner as the ‘apotheosis of the dance’. Join us for a wonderful Sunday afternoon of great music.

    En Saga
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    13 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Virtuoso Brahms | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Paul Lewis, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    On Vasily Petrenko’s signal, Johannes Brahms unleashes hell. Brahms was young, gifted, and desperately in love, and he channelled all his torment into this maelstrom of a piano concerto. Tonight, Paul Lewis enters the inferno – and even for one of the world’s greatest living virtuosos, this should be a thrilling challenge. After the interval, there’s no letting up: the Seventh Symphony by Brahms’s great friend Dvorák is every bit as powerful, combining national pride, personal tragedy and melodies that you’ll be humming all week. Here in Liverpool, it’s a real signature work – some say that no orchestra west of Prague plays it better than the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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