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Format: 2015-05-23
Format: 2015-05-23
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    23 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Eduardo Portal, Natalie Clein, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    A display of quintessentially Czech music from two Bohemian legends, with Smetana's exhilarating Overture to his first and most enduring comic opera The Bartered Bride and Dvorák's magnificent Cello Concerto, performed by world-class cellist Natalie Clein. Although composed in America, it expresses the melodic inflections derived from Czech folk music with a continuous flow of invention and lyricism.

    Young Spanish Maestro Eduardo Portal will lead the Orchestra in the tale of 'One Thousand and One Nights' in Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful epic Scheherazade. Heard is the mysteriously haunting sound of the violin voice of Scheherazade, as she clams the Sultan's menacing brass fanfares with the strumming of the harp, calling to mind a mysterious far-away land.

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

    Overture from The Bartered Bride
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    23 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Brodsky Quartet
    Brodsky Quartet, Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, Jacqueline Thomas, Paul Cassidy
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    The Brodsky Quartet’s natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore music has ensured them a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene for over 40 years. Tonight they turn their attentions to Vienna, for centuries a melting pot of classical composers, a trendsetter for European musical directions, and often at the forefront of developments in musical styles.

    All three of tonight's composers were revolutionary in their time; Schubert pushing classical form and expressiveness towards the romantic style, Zemlinsky breaking out of the constrictions of the late romantic period, and Webern trying at every turn to out-do Schoenberg in cleanliness of line and texture.

    The spartan atonality of Webern’s Six Bagatelles is an ideal complement for Schubert's rich and sonorous string writing in the 'Death and the Maiden' quartet (named after his song of the same name) and Zemlinsky's lush textures.

    ‘What is so striking about the playing of the Brodsky Quartet is their brimming love for the music.’ Gramophone

    String Quartet No 12 in C minor, 'Quartettsatz'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    6 Bagatelles
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet No 4
    Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    23 May 2015 - 11:30am
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Noisy Kids - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Steiner
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Magic and Mystery - Abracadabra!

    Noisy Kids casts its spell over The Hexagon with a magical and mysterious family concert.

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, introduced by its very own conjurer, Tim Steiner, presents a fun and interactive performance full of hocus pocus and wizardry. This concert provides an excellen introduction to classical music with a selection of enchanting favourites.

    Plus free post-concert foyer activites. The Cafe will be open for lunches, hot and cold drinks, cakes and biscuits.

    Music from 'Harry Potter'
    John Williams (1932-)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Danse macabre
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Music from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Hans Zimmer (1957-)
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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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    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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    23 May 2015 - 7:00pm
    A Tapestry of English Choral Music | Gloucester Choral Society
    Adrian Partington, Gloucester Choral Society
    Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester GL1 2LR
    United Kingdom

    We offer you a magnificent melange that will usher in the summer. Our tapestry is a magical weave of composers who have been part of the fabric of Gloucester Cathedral, followed by some of the greatest composers of 20th century English sacred choral music.

    The Programme

    I was glad CHH Parry

    My soul there is a country CHH Parry

    Like as a hart Herbert Howells

    Organ Piece Herbert Howells

    A prayer John Sanders

    Everyone sang (words S Sassoon) David Bednall

    Five Mystical songs (extract) No 5 Vaughan Williams

    God is gone up Gerald Finzi

    A song for Athene John Tavener

    Organ Piece

    A hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten

    Antiphon Benjamin Britten

    Spirituals 1 and 5 from A Child of our Time Michael Tippett

    (programme correct at time of posting - be aware that it may change and you should check the website for details)

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    27 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Edinburgh Quartet: Youth
    Edinburgh Quartet
    Queen's Hall Edinburgh EH8 9JG
    United Kingdom

    Youth: A spotlight on works written by composers at the outset of their careers.

    Silent Shores - new Edinburgh Quartet commission
    Tom Harrold ()
    String Quartet No 2 in A minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Langsamer Satz
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    26 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Edinburgh Quartet: Youth
    Edinburgh Quartet
    City Halls Recital Room Glasgow G1 1NQ
    United Kingdom

    Youth - a spotlight on works written by composers at the outset of their careers.

    'Silent Shores - new Edinburgh Quartet commission (world premiere)
    Tom Harrold ()
    String Quartet No 2 in A minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Langsamer Satz
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 28 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Fauré's Requiem - by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, English Chamber Choir, Peter G Dyson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Requiem
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Pavane
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Divertimento for Strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ave Verum Corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Church sonata in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude, Cantata 147
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Gloria Patri from Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Music in the Round - Tim Horton (piano)
    Tim Horton
    Emmanuel Methodist Church Barnsley S75 1DT
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata is one of his most tempestuous works, and by coincidence the original manuscript became almost illegible after being drenched in a storm. Schumann’s Sonata constitutes a kind of musical love letter, inspired by his love for his wife, Clara. Sixty years later, it was also to Clara that Brahms sent his last set of highly concentrated mood pieces for her approval. Schoenberg greatly admired these aphoristic miniatures, and this is reflected in his Op 11 and Op 19 pieces.

    4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for Piano No 1 in F sharp minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    6 Little Piano Pieces
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    3 Klavierstücke
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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