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Format: 2014-11-23
Format: 2014-11-23
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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)
  • 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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    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)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius | Mark Padmore and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Adrian Partington, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Choral Society, David Stout, Mark Padmore, Susan Bickley
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    “This is the best of me” wrote Elgar at the end of his completed The Dream of Gerontius score. Widely regarded as one of the finest of all English choral masterpieces, a 'dream team' of renowned artists (including tenor Mark Padmore in the title role) assembles for tonight's performance.

    The opening concert of the season celebrating 125 years of Bristol Choral Society.

    A season ticket with 15% discount is available when booking 4 or more events - please see www.bristolchoral.co.uk for details.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    Sun, 2014-11-30 19:30
    Ex Cathedra and Fretwork: An Elizabethan Christmas
    Ex Cathedra Consort, Fretwork, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London EC2Y 8DT
    United Kingdom

    Yuletide in the Elizabethan era was a time of profound spirituality as well as celebration – and composers such as Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis composed some of the most timeless sacred music ever created in these islands. Experience the grandeur, the emotion and the deep beauty that lay at the heart of Christmas festivities at the court of Elizabeth I.

    Performed by the 10 singers of our Consort, Ex Cathedra is very much looking forward to its first concert at the stunning new Milton Court, and to working again with Fretwork, a fabulous viol consort.

    *£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person.

    Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Magnificat from The Great Service
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Nunc Dimittis from The Great Service
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    This is the record of John
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    See, see the word is incarnate
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Videte miraculum
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Verbum caro factum est
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
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    Wed, 2014-12-03 19:30
    Ex Cathedra: An Elizabethan Christmas
    Ex Cathedra Consort, Jeffrey Skidmore, Steven Devine
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Yuletide in the Elizabethan era was a time of profound spirituality as well as celebration – and composers such as Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis composed some of the most timeless sacred music ever created in these islands. Ex Cathedra's programme explores the grandeur, the emotion and the deep beauty that lay at the heart of Christmas festivities at the court of Elizabeth I.

    * 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 box offices.

    Save 10% if you book tickets at the same time as booking for Rachmaninoff Vespers at Southwell Minster (3 June 2015).

    Mass for 4 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Magnificat from The Great Service
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    This is the record of John
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    See, see the word is incarnate
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Videte miraculum
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Verbum caro factum est
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
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    Wed, 2014-11-26 19:30
    Brussels Philharmonic and Miloš Karadaglic
    Brussels Philharmonic, Michel Tabachnik, Miloš Karadaglić, Oliver Condy
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Programme also includes a solo set performed by Miloš Karadaglic.

    We are delighted to welcome back the Brussels Philharmonic and its conductor Michel Tabachnik, following their success in our 2013-14 Zurich International Orchestra Series, when they were described byThe Guardian as ‘among classical music’s best-kept secrets’. The orchestra is famous for the recording of the scores of award-winning movies The Artist and The Aviator.

    BRIT Award-winning Miloš Karadaglic makes his debut at Cadogan Hall performing Concierto de Aranjuez plus a special solo set. Miloš, described by The Independent as ‘a serious and accomplished musician’, has sold out venues worldwide and we are very excited to have him here tonight.

    To end the evening, the orchestra is joined by organist Oliver Condy, to give a performance of Saint-Saëns’ magnificent Organ Symphony. The composition is famous for pushing the composer to his limits: ‘I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have accomplished here, I will never achieve again.’

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15

    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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