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Format: 2020-04-10
Format: 2020-04-10
  • 13 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Postponed: Mozart's Requiem - by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Ben Thapa, Ciara Hendrick, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Hallelujah from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring) from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 17 April 2020 - 1:00pm
    Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore (pianos)- BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    Philip Moore, Simon Crawford-Phillips
    Jerwood Hall, LSO St.Luke's London EC1
    United Kingdom

    Step into a world of history, folk heritage and rich musical tradition, as BBC Radio 3 invites chamber musicians, from singers to string quartets, to explore Russian music from across the centuries.

    In the final concert of the series, Simon Crawford-Philips and Philip Moore translate the energy of dance into music for two pianos, bringing to life the fierce, spiky rhythms of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, both of which place spectacular demands on the soloists.

    Symphonic Dances, arranged by the composer for 2 pianos
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    3 movements from Petrushka
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 10 April 2020 - 1:30pm
    St John Passion | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    One of Bach’s best loved works, the St John Passion was first performed on Good Friday of 1724 in the St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig. ‘More daring, forceful and poetic’ than the St Matthew Passion, according to Schumann, this operatic work is presented by an ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo together with pairs of flauti traversi and oboes doubling on oboe da caccia. Bach also uses viola d’amore and viola da gamba to create special colours within the instrumental mix. The narrative is led by the Evangelist with an impressive line-up including Jesus, Pilate, Peter, a maid and a servant.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 11 April 2020 - 3:00pm
    Easter Oratorio | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Two of Bach’s earliest cantatas for Easter Day, Christ lag in Todesbanden and Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubiliert are performed here in their revived Leipzig versions. The story takes us from darkness to blazing light, from grief to joy, echoed in the dramatic Easter Oratorio. Told by four characters Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe, Simon Peter, and John the Apostle, it canters to the end in triumphant victory.

    Cantata No 4, 'Christ lag in Todesbanden'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 31, 'Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Easter Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 12 April 2020 - 3:00pm
    Rejoice you hearts | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Abundant joy, rushing swirling scales, and fanfare-like arpeggios set the scene for the Resurrection in Bach’s Cantatas for Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, and Quasimodogeniti (’Low’ Sunday). Join our Virtuosi soloists as they lead us through Bach’s panoply of pastoral colours, brilliant coloratura, and triumphant pageantry.

    Cantata No 66, 'Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 134, 'Herz, das seinen Jesum Lebend Weiss'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 67, 'Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 13 April 2020 - 3:00pm
    The Lord is my shepherd | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Described as ‘one of the truly perfect cantatas, flawless in every detail’, Cantata 104 draws its inspiration from Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Full of leisurely melodies and flourishes, it finds refreshment, green pastures and a foretaste of heaven. As we move towards Christ’s Ascension and departure from the earth, Cantata 166 is in a rather uncertain vein asking the question ‘Where are you going?’ yet Bach’s music is always full of hope. Clearing the skies to joy and laughter, this concert ends with Cantata 37 depicting the soul winging heavenward.

    Cantata No 104, 'Du Hirte Israel, höre'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 166, 'Wo gehest du hin?'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 37, 'Wer da gläubet und getauft wird'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 17 April 2020 - 1:00pm
    Cancelled: Leeds Lieder Festival | Siobhan Stagg and Joseph Middleton
    Joseph Middleton, Siobhan Stagg
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Leeds LS2 9JT
    United Kingdom

    Early in Siobhan Stagg’s career, Christa Ludwig described her voice as ‘one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard.’ As word of her talent spread across Europe, Siobhan’s big break came in January 2015 when she was chosen to step-in for Brahms’ Requiem with Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic. Siobhan was subsequently praised in the press for her ‘heavenly vocal qualities’, ‘reminiscent of the incomparable Gundula Janowitz.’ Recent performances have seen Siobhan triumph at the Royal Opera House, Salzburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and at the BBC Proms. Her voice is a perfect foil for Messiaen’s rarely performed, spiritual cycle Poèmes pour Mi, songs written for his first wife as a hymn to a couple’s inseparability and with texts based on the New Testament. Alongside this masterpiece we hear the soaring Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss.

    ‘Siobhan Stagg is a touching and musically delicious discovery… the young Australian is the next big thing’ What’s On Stage
    ‘Joseph Middleton: rightful heir to that legendary accompanist Gerald Moore’ Opera Magazine

    Poèmes pour Mi
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 17 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Cancelled:Leeds Lieder Festival | O Solitude | James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook
    Anna Tilbrook, James Gilchrist
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Leeds LS2 9JT
    United Kingdom

    Gilchrist and Tilbrook, particularly noted as outstanding exponents of Schubert and English song, have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration for well over 20 years, with many award-winning recordings to their name. Tonight’s programme is typically wide-ranging and includes Schubert’s ambitious Einsamkeit. Jonathan Dove’s Under alter’ d skies, which was commissioned by Wigmore Hall, receives its Leeds Lieder première, while Barber’s witty, stark and virtuosic cycle, his settings of translations of medieval Gaelic or Latin poems attributed to Irish saints and holy persons, rounds off the evening.

    ‘James Gilchrist showed once again that he has few equals amongst tenors with a beautifully expressive performance’ MusicOHM, Leeds Lieder Gala Wigmore Hall

    ‘Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist: discreet when necessary, but also able to make the simplest phrase or chordal progression tell without a touch of exaggeration’ BBC Music Magazine

    O solitude my sweetest choice
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Einsamkeit
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Under alter’d skies
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Hermit Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
  • 17 April 2020 - 5:30pm
    Cancelled: Leeds Lieder Festival | Bring and Sing! Concert
    Anna Lapwood, Bring and Sing Chorus, Richard Gowers
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Leeds LS2 9JT
    United Kingdom

    Following an afternoon of rehearsals under the inspirational leadership of Anna Lapwood, the 2020 Leeds Lieder Bring and Sing Chorus performs English Coronation Anthems. Richard Gowers, formerly senior organ scholar at Kings College Cambridge accompanies.

    Coronation Anthem No 1: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    I was glad
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    O taste and see
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Behold, O God our defender
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Coronation Te Deum
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 18 April 2020 - 1:00pm
    Cancelled: Leeds Lieder Festival | James Newby and Joseph Middleton
    James Newby, Joseph Middleton
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Leeds LS2 9JT
    United Kingdom

    James Newby collected droves of new supporters when he stood in at the last minute to open last year’s Festival. The Ilkley Gazette commented upon Newby’s ‘lustrous dark baritone’ and praised his ‘remarkable insight’ and ‘genius for storytelling’ at what was a highlight of the 2019 Festival. BBC New Generation Artist, Newby, together with Middleton, offer a programme of wandering and romanticism before they tour the programme to Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Brussels, Budapest, Lisbon, Baden-Baden, Stockholm, Cologne, Amsterdam and Hamburg.

    ‘Newby has a winning platform manner and a glorious voice that will take him far’ MusicOMH, Wigmore Hall recital with Joseph Middleton
    ‘Middleton… again demonstrates that he’s one of the most talented, intuitive collaborative pianists of his generation’ Classical Music Magazine

    I wonder as I wander from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    There's none to soothe from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Maigesang: Mailied from 8 Lieder
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Der Wanderer
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Der Wanderer
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Auf der Brücke
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Abendstern
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    At the mid hour of night
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    The last rose of summer from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Sail on, sail on
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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