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Format: 2020-04-03
Format: 2020-04-03
  • 3 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Vasily Petrenko conducts Prokofiev | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexey Stadler, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director Designate 2021 Vasily Petrenko conducts a programme of music with a masterful touch in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Britten’s opera music resonates to this day, and the opening piece epitomises why it stands out on its own strengths. His Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes are evocative of a frosty morning on the shores of East Anglia, opening with the peaceful setting of a dawn rising over the stirring waters, which is broken as the timpani and brass conjure up a storm. Cellist Alexey Stadler, who has been praised by The Times for having ‘firm control and the kind of tactile, honeyed tone capable of bringing listeners to the knees’, follows in the first half with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.

    The concluding piece, Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5, invokes a distinctly Soviet style of brutalism. Composed in 1944, it is profoundly impacted by the deathly machinations of war, written in accompaniment to his country’s incalculable losses in the Second World War. In the composer’s words, it is a ‘hymn to free and happy Man’.

    4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 4 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: The undiscovered Beethoven
    Angharad Lyddon, Lise Davidsen, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, but to the young Beethoven, Emperor Joseph II was more than just a monarch. He was liberty’s champion; the herald of a new dawn. Unperformed in the composer’s lifetime, Beethoven’s Cantata is a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment, and a mirror to his heaven-storming Grosse Fuge – in Stravinsky’s words, ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’. This is Beethoven the radical, the visionary, the eternally young, and Vladimir Jurowski opens the evening with the jubilant King Stephen Overture.

    Overture from König Stephan
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Grosse Fuge
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ah, perfido, scene and aria, for soprano and orchestra
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2009 - The Everest of piano concertos
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolai Lugansky, Sophie Bevan, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘Rachmaninoff just doesn’t get any better than this’, wrote The Guardian of Nikolai Lugansky, and when it comes to the monumental Piano Concerto No 3, it’s hard to imagine a living pianist who’s more in tune with its profoundly Russian soul. This ‘Everest of piano concertos’ dates from 1909; alongside it Vladimir Jurowski has placed a 21st century British classic from 2009 and a real rediscovery from 1809: the fiery, thrillingly dramatic First Symphony by Etienne Méhul. Forged in the turmoil of the French Revolution, Méhul’s music had a profound impact on the young Beethoven, and when you hear it we think you’ll realise why.

    Symphony No 1
    Etienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
    Augenlieder, for soprano and orchestra
    Ryan Wigglesworth ()
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Pastoral Dreams | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Long Yu, Ning Feng, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Weber’s tale of a fairy king forms a fantastical prelude to Karl Goldmark’s lyrical Violin Concerto No 1. Both composers found success writing operas, but Goldmark’s work as an inspired piece of writing for violin achieves both grandeur and intimacy as it moves effortlessly between flamboyance and slow deliberation in passages of rich romantic elegance.

    Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’, a retreat from the modernity of nineteenth-century Europe tinged with a nostalgia for a countryside that nurtured Beethoven’s creative passions. Frolicsome melodies dance freely throughout until the penultimate movement conjures up a storm – almost literally – which passes with a glorious wave of relief in the Symphony’s climax.

    Overture from Oberon
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 1 in A minor
    Karl Goldmark (1830-1915)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 4 April 2020 - 8:00pm
    Pelléas Ensemble (flute, viola and harp)
    Pelléas Ensemble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    "I have never seen an audience leave a concert with such a spring in their step and joy in their hearts” - Oundle International Festival

    The Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Award, and the Elias Fawcett Award at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won the Grand Prize in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Competition, and were Tillett Trust Young Artists. Their debut at the Wigmore Hall was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International). They have established a reputation for performing from memory, and enjoy sharing stories and insights about their unique repertoire with audiences.

    This is the last in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. 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.

    Cinquième concert in D minor from Pièces de clavecin en concerts
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Three Diversions, for flute, viola and harp
    Robert Peate ()
    Petite Suite
    André Jolivet (1905-1974)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Prelude No 5 in G from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Selections from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 8 April 2020 - 6:15pm
    RPO Preludes: Music for solo cello
    Richard Harwood
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

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    RPO Preludes is a series of chamber concerts curated and performed by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These 30-minute concerts take place on stage at Cadogan Hall from 6.15pm, before the main concerts begin at 7.30pm. The series provides a unique opportunity not only to listen to some astounding chamber music but also to hear the RPO musicians in a more intimate and personal setting.

  • 3 April 2020 - 7:00pm
    The Hallé with Dalia Stasevska (conductor) and Kian Soltani (cello)
    Dalia Stasevska, Kian Soltani, The Hallé
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    The brilliant and dynamic Dalia Stasevska directs the Hallé in the company of Kian Soltani, one of the finest cellists of his generation. The first half features two works in which composers looked back to the past for inspiration. Both Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations evoke the 18th century to beautiful and opulent effect.

    Dvorák’s magnificent Eighth Symphony reflects his love of the Bohemian countryside and nowhere is his remarkable inventiveness more in evidence than in this magnificent piece, a work he composed with the melodies “just pouring out”, as he put it. And pour out they most certainly do!

    Pre-concert talk with BBC Broadcaster Trisha Cooper starts at 6pm.

    Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 4 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    RPO Miniatures: harp, flute and cello
    Emer McDonough, Richard Harwood, Suzy Willison-Kawalec
    Studio at The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    Fresh and light, Jongen’s Danse lente, for flute and harp, provides a charming pairing with Bach’s hypnotic Cello Suite No 1, amongst other chamber favourites.

    Trio Sonata in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Danse lente
    Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
    Toward the Sea
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Naiades for flute and harp
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Suite No 1 for solo cello in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite for solo cello
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
  • 5 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Daniel Kharitonov, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philharmonia Orchestra
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Lili Boulanger’s short orchestral piece, the last she wrote, uses shifting, ambiguous harmonies and subtle orchestration to create an intriguing impression. Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto set the pattern for many future pieces with its dramatic confrontation between heroic soloist and eloquent orchestra. Mussorgsky’s suite of musical pictures includes castles, chicks and catacombs, culminating in the unforgettable grandeur of the great Gate of Kiev.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

    Young Artists Recital, 6.30pm | The Forge
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    D'un soir triste
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 10 April 2020 - 2:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: JS Bach's St John Passion
    Angela Hicks, Bradley Smith, Elizabeth Adams, Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Ex Cathedra Choir, James Robinson, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lawrence White, Marcus Farnsworth, Martha McLorinan, Paul Bentley-Angell
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Bach's St John Passion tells the profound human drama of Christ's last days with utterly transfixing music. The pulsating opening chorus sets the mood, and we are drawn to share the anger of the mob, to empathize with Pilate's predicament, and to feel the anguish of the solo arias, heightened by the melancholic sounds of the period instruments - not least the tender agony of 'Es ist vollbracht' (It is finished).

    Ex Cathedra are delighted to give their traditional Good Friday performance as part of Town Hall Symphony Hall's Birmingham Classical season.

    Sung in German with English surtitles.

    There will be a 30-minute interval and the concert will end at approximately 4:15pm.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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