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Format: 2014-11-27
Format: 2014-11-27
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    Fri, 2014-12-05 19:30
    Laura van der Hejden plays Elgar with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra
    Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, David Curtis, Laura van der Heijden
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra's 2014 Cheltenham Series will reach a climax with a gala celebrity concert in the Town Hall, Cheltenham. In this major event the CSO, under their conductor David Curtis, are to be joined by Laura van der Heijden, the world-renowned cellist, in a performance of the concerto by Edward Elgar. Written in the aftermath of the Great War Elgar's concerto conveys both a yearning for what has been and the courage to look forward to what may be. It was his last major work.

    In 2012 Laura was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition playing the Walton Cello Concerto. Since then she has launched a brilliant career with acclaimed performances both in the UK and abroad.

    The concert opens with the lively Academic Festival Overture of Brahms and concludes with the Fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky – drama and angst in equal proportions.

    Academic Festival Overture
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 13:05
    Florin Ensemble - St John's Smith Square Lunchtime Concert Series
    Alistair Scahill, Catherine Rimer, Charles Mutter, Florin Ensemble
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    "The Florin Ensemble boasts the outstanding trio of Charles Mutter (violin), Alistair Scahill (viola) and Catherine Rimer (cello) and has an acclaimed reputation as one of our leading chamber outfits.” - The Musician 2013

    “A fine intense performance” that “bears witness to the mastery of the three players” - Gramophone 2012

    Florin Ensemble has a string trio at its heart and performs a wide range of chamber music, from the core trio repertoire to larger scale works, joining forces with distinguished guests. Its members all have strong chamber music backgrounds and lead diverse professional lives elsewhere; Charles as Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Alistair as one of London’s top freelance viola players and Catherine as guest principal with leading ensembles on ‘period’ instruments. Drawing together these varied influences, Florin creates thought-provoking interpretations with a distinctive sense of common musicianship.

    Passacaglia and Fugue, for violin, viola and cello
    Hans Krása (1899-1944)
    Prelude and Fugue No 2 in G minor from 6 Preludes and Fugues for String Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Trio
    Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
    String Trio in B Flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Beethoven and Brahms | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Aziz Shokhakimov, Dmitri Berlinsky, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Brighton Dome Brighton BN1 1UG
    United Kingdom

    Did Brahms love Clara Schumann, the widow of his mentor? He certainly tried to. After a seemingly irreconcilable argument in September 1868, Brahms wrote to Clara from the Swiss Alps, scribbling a tune he'd heard played by a shepherd boy. 'High on the mountain, deep in the valley, I greet you', wrote Brahms, and the shepherd's tune became the radiant horn-call that soars over the strings in the finale of his First Symphony like sunlight breaking through clouds. Clara inhabits the whole work, in a special musical 'motto' woven by Brahms and in the anguished love that seeps into every bar - a total contrast to the trouble-free radiance and joy of Beethoven's only violin concerto.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 20:00
    Concert by The Aurora Ensemble (Wind Quintet)
    The Aurora Ensemble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Sponsored by a Member of the Society

    “…Out from mouths and fingers came immaculately polished and blended sounds.” - The Times

    2014 is the 18th anniversary of the formation of the Aurora Ensemble. It is composed of performers with the most prestigious musical training and experience. Individually each of them play with well-known orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (to name just a few).

    This is the fourth in the 43rd Season of eight professional concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at www.themusicsociety.org.uk.

    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.

    Trois Pièces Brèves
    Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Pastorale variée
    Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)
    Wind Quintet
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    6 Bagatelles
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Wind Quintet No 2 in G minor
    Franz Danzi (1763-1826)
    Mississippi Five
    Jim Parker (1934-)
  • Sun, 2014-11-30 17:00
    The Story and The Harp with Fiona Funnell and Elizabeth Jane Baldrey
    Elizabeth Jane Baldrey, Fiona Funnell
    Deer Park Country House Hotel Honiton EX14 3PG
    United Kingdom

    Fiona & Elizabeth Jane have worked together for many years: they are consummate artistes in their own fields, but together they draw their audiences into a magical world of fantasy and suspense. Combining words and music into a spell of enchantment with a sparkle of Christmas.

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    Fri, 2014-11-28 19:30
    Wagner, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Behzod Abduraimov, David Zinman, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    When Serge Rachmaninoff heard the famous Caprice in A minor by the mysterious ‘devil’s violinist’ Paganini, he fell under the spell of its tonal to-and-fro and swaggering rhythmic shape. In 1934, Rachmaninoff set about examining, twisting, refracting and elaborating the tune into his spectacular Rhapsody that, once finished, proved diabolical in the truest sense of the word. Some 50 years earlier Tchaikovsky had felt a strange external presence, too: the weighty hand of fate upon his shoulder. Tchaikovsky’s response was a symphony completely unlike anything he had created before: the most gripping and fevered symphonic tussle with fate since Beethoven’s Fifth.

    Overture to Tannhäuser
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    Wed, 2014-12-03 19:30
    Szymanowski, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Igor Levit, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Among the crowd of self-serving music critics who queued up to dismiss Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony in 1897, there was one opposing voice. Nikolay Findeisen wrote of the Symphony’s ‘beauty, novelty and inspiration’, recognising its huge emotional range and the highly alluring way in which Rachmaninoff captures a sense of impending tragedy right from the first page (perhaps inspired by his own desperate love for a married woman). It’s easy to see the influence Rachmaninoff had on his younger classmate at the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Scriabin. When he wrote his Piano Concerto in 1896, Scriabin was deeply in love, too, and it shows in the music’s fluent elegance and supreme delicacy.

    Concert Overture in E
    Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Symphony No 1 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 19:30
    Stravinsky, Birtwistle and Messiaen | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    When Olivier Messiaen’s teacher suggested he listen to birdsong, he unlocked an obsession that would span Messiaen’s career and reach a culmination in Oiseaux exotiques, a musical exploration of birds from the delicate tweets of the Laughing Thrush to the penetrating cry of the Prairie Chicken.

    ‘The composer must renounce colouristic orgies in order to develop healthy concepts’, Igor Stravinsky once said. His ballet score Orpheus is an essay in refinement and restraint, but his Symphonies of Wind Instruments from 27 years earlier reflects the animal wind and brass colours of Messiaen’s birds. After that, in the composer’s 80th birthday year, comes the first UK performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra.

    Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, for piano and orchestra
    Sir Harrison Birtwistle (1934-)
    Oiseaux exotiques
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Orpheus
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
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    Sun, 2014-11-30 15:00
    Beethoven and Brahms | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Aziz Shokhakimov, Dmitri Berlinsky, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Congress Theatre Eastbourne BN21 4BP
    United Kingdom

    Did Brahms love Clara Schumann, the widow of his mentor? He certainly tried to. After a seemingly irreconcilable argument in September 1868, Brahms wrote to Clara from the Swiss Alps, scribbling a tune he'd heard played by a shepherd boy. 'High on the mountain, deep in the valley, I greet you', wrote Brahms, and the shepherd's tune became the radiant horn-call that soars over strings in the finale of his First Symphony like sunlight breaking through clouds. Clara inhabits the whole work, in a special musical 'motto' woven by Brahms and in the anguished love that infuses every bar – a total contrast to the trouble-free radiance and joy of Beethoven's only violin concerto.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Sat, 2014-12-06 19:30
    Kettering Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert
    David le Page, Kettering Symphony Orchestra, Peter Dunkley
    The Masque Theatre, The Latimer Arts College Kettering NN15 6SW
    United Kingdom
    Overture from Ruy Blas
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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