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Format: 2019-03-19
Format: 2019-03-19
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:45pm
    Notos Piano Quartet
    Andrea Burger, Antonia Koster, Notos Piano Quartet, Philip Graham, Sindri Lederer
    South Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    It is unusual to have a piano quartet as a permanent group but such is th Noto Piano quartet. Since its founding in 2016 it has achieved remarkable success: first prizes at the Charles Hennen Concours in The Netherlands, at the Premio Vittorio Gui in Italy and at the Parkhouse Awards in London.

    Fono forum lauded the Quartet as one of the 'outstanding chamber music formations of our time' and praised the musicians for their 'profound musicality that goes straight to the heart'.

    Quartet for piano and strings No 2 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Piano Quartet in C minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Pinchas Zukerman conducts Elgar | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    St David's Hall Cardiff CF10 1SH
    United Kingdom

    Five timpani strokes launch Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto; its boldness and unprecedented scale was to set the pattern for the great concertos of the nineteenth century. Few would have anticipated the huge success of Elgar’s orchestral tour-de-force that is his 'Enigma' Variations, and which overnight elevated a moderately successful provincial composer to a national celebratory. His earlier Serenade for Strings is a work of immense charm.

    Pre-concert talk Jonathan James discusses the programme, 6:30pm

    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Zukerman presents Beethoven | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge CB2 3QB
    United Kingdom

    Legendary violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this richly varied programme, opening with Vaughan Williams’s sublime Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Talli, whose visionary use of a triple string orchestra and was inspired by the atmospheric acoustics of Gloucester Cathedral.

    Mozart’s poised Symphony No 36, which took its name from the city in which it was premiered, shows the composer at his most imaginative, all the more remarkable given that he wrote it in just four days. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto took him rather longer and its lack of showy virtuosity meant that it had to wait several years before it earned its place in the repertoire, but there’s now no doubting the stature of this symphonically-scaled masterpiece.

    “Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.” LA Times

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 36 in C, 'Linz'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Amersham Concert Club presents Ensemble Mirage
    Alexandra Lomeiko, Alexandra Vaduva, Ensemble Mirage, Matthew Scott
    Dr Challoner's High School Little Chalfont, Amersham HP7 9QB
    United Kingdom

    This very exciting and enjoyable programme features some wonderful music from the late 19th and 20th centuries which draws on the European folk traditions. It also includes some fantastically virtuosic modern pieces, with a similar folk feel. The Poulenc 'Suite from L'invitation au chateau' is an unpublished and rarely performed piece which the Ensemble have made special arrangements to perform.

    All three members have given individual recitals at Amersham recently (Alexandra Vaduva is giving the opening recital of the 2018-19 season as well as having performed in a duo two years ago) which have been very warmly received by audiences.

    The support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for this concert is gratefully acknowledged.

    Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Trio for clarinet, violin and piano in G minor
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Suite from 'L'invitation au chateau'
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    L'histoire du soldat, 'The Soldier's Tale', arranged for clarinet, violin and piano
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    5 Pieces
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
    Paul Schoenfield (1947-)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Dali Gutserieva, Ekaterina Lekhina, National Philharmonic of Russia, Vladimir Spivakov
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Two of Russia’s great symphony composers are celebrated in this all-Russian programme: Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Hear Shostakovich walk the tightrope between his conscience and Stalin’s expectations in his 1945 Ninth Symphony before Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Fifth Symphony.

    In between, hear Russian violist and renowned composer Konstantin Boyarsky’s 2015 Concerto for cello, soprano and symphony orchestra. Who better to perform this trio of works than the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra itself?

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2018-19 at Cadogan Hall.

    Symphony No 9 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Concerto for cello, soprano and symphony orchestra
    Konstantin Boyarsky ()
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 25 March 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Organ Recital with Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    The season ends with another real Town Hall programme – a major Bach work, a couple of transcriptions, a little jazz and a virtuoso piece to end. The Willis Grand Tuba will be heard in a work written especially for Gordon Stewart and the Huddersfield organ.

    Fantasie Fugue in G minor, for organ
    Edwin Lemare (1865-1934)
    Organ Concerto in F major, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Prelude and Fugue in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Mozart Changes
    Zsolt Gárdonyi (1946-)
    The Swan from Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Tuba Tune for Gordon Stewart
    Noel Rawsthorne (1929-)
    Scherzo from Symphony No 2 for Organ in E minor
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    Prelude and Fugue No 1 in B
    Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Doric Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to wins several prizes.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    String Quartet in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 22 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    BBC Philharmonic - Discovering Martinu
    BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds, Stephen Johnson
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    From humble beginnings in the Bohemian-Moravian highlands, Bohuslav Martinu went on to become a distinctive voice in European music, one informed by the jazz and avant-garde scene of Paris, before he escaped to America during the war years. His prolific output – over 400 works in total – crossed all genres, ranging from symphonies and operas to ballet and film music, and displayed the influence of Impressionism and Bohemian folk music. BBC broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores two absorbing examples of Martinu’s work. The languorous mood of his early tone poem, Dream of the past, recalls Debussy’s Prelude a l'après-midi d'un faune, whilst his Fourth Symphony, written in the closing months of the Second World War, evokes the militarism of the period as well as casting some nostalgic glances at his homeland’s folk tunes. Here the shimmering colours that became Martinu’s calling card light the way to a joyous, uninhibited finale, reflecting the composer’s new-found optimism as peace returned.

    This informal and accessible introduction to one of the world’s truly original composers is illustrated with live extracts from the BBC Philharmonic, before a complete performance of both pieces.

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    Dream of the past (Sen o minulosti)
    Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
    Symphony No 4
    Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
  • 24 March 2019 - 3:00pm
    Musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    St Briavels Church St Briavels GL15 6RG
    United Kingdom

    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Showcase

    Wye Valley Music proudly present the best young students of music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    The programme for this concert will consist of pieces being brought to a high-performance standard by top-ranking students from Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as part of their ongoing studies.

    Details in due course.

    We have never failed to be impressed by the talent and virtuosity shown by these young artists-in-the-making.

  • 21 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sacconi String Quartet
    Sacconi Quartet
    St Paul's Church Canterbury CT1 1NH
    United Kingdom

    This recital in sponsored by John Hursey in memory of Caryl Hursey. The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation.

    Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London's major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music.

    The quartet's 2018-19 plans include a cruise up the Norwegian coastline to the Arctic circle, performing fifteen concerts with artists including Simon Rowland-Jones and Tim Horton; two Wigmore Hall concerts (the first with Daniel Hope and Freddy Kempf); the Irish premiere of In Damascus with tenor Robin Tritschler; a tour of the rarely heard John Ireland Sextet with Robert Plane and Alec Frank-Gemmill; a new commission by Judith Bingham; and performances at festivals including Buxton International, Swaledale, Newbury, Salisbury, Halesworth and Gower.

    String Quartet No 53 in D major, 'The Lark'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    String Quartet No 1 in G minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
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