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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Manchester Cathedral Manchester M3 1SX
    United Kingdom

    If you're looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in A minor, from L’estro armonico
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 16 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Great Romantics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Federico Colli, Pier Carlo Orizio, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Few piano works have an opening as iconic as Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The dramatic flair of the first movement begins the work with a display of incomparable virtuosity, an opportunity taken up by Italian soloist Federico Colli. Moving from lush sensitivity to frantic chromaticism, there is little the pianist is left challenged by in this monumental work.

    Brahms’s last symphony is a stalwart of nineteenth-century symphonic repertoire. Its rich passages and themes are at their most affecting in the finale when the multiplying variations create a certain dark, intellectual impulse that is at its most exposed in the Symphony.

    Overture from Genoveva
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 15 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival-A Young Man's Exhortation: Ben Johnson and Roger Vignoles
    Ben Johnson, Roger Vignoles
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    A star duo performs a recital of English song, including Michael Tippet’s ‘Cantata’ for tenor and piano, Boyhood’s End, written in 1943 for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Gerald Finzi’s settings of Thomas Hardy in his cycle A Young Man’s Exhortation dwell on the passage of time and the twilight of life, summed up in its closing words: ‘And mourn not me, beneath the yellowing tree; for I shall mind not, slumbering peacefully.’

  • 15 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Death and the Maiden: Doric String Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Now established as one of the world’s pre-eminent quartets, the Doric Quartet makes a welcome return to the Festival to play Schubert’s peerless ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. Composed in 1824 the central set of variations takes the song 'Der Tod und das Mädchen' as its theme and the piece is widely regarded as one of Schubert's great chamber music masterpieces.

    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 15 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Thomas Oliemans and Malcolm Martineau
    Malcolm Martineau, Thomas Oliemans
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Songs and Dances of Death

    The superb Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans and pianist par-excellence Malcolm Martineau return to the Festival in a programme that includes Mussorgsky’s transcendental Songs and Dances of Death, as well as Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, songs by Ravel, and Saint-Saëns’s thrilling Danse Macabre.

  • 15 October 2019 - 10:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - In paradisum: The Carice Singers
    George Parris, The Carice Singers
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    In a magical way to end the day, the acclaimed Carice Singers perform a programme of ethereally expressive music which views death as only the start of our journey into paradise. Purcell’s Funeral Sentences are followed by Gesualdo’s Responsories for Holy Saturday, Grieg’s Four Psalms (his final composition), and In paradisum by the Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva.

    The Carice Singers gave a sensational performance of Nordic choral works, 'Sounding North', at the 2018 Lieder Festival and we are delighted to welcome them back.

    Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    4 Psalms
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    In paradisum
    Galina Grigorjeva (1962-)
  • 16 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Jacques Imbrailo and Alisdair Hogarth
    Alisdair Hogarth, Jacques Imbrailo
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Jacques Imbrailo, recent star of the Royal Opera's acclaimed production of Billy Budd, and Alisdair Hogarth make a much-anticipated return to the Festival in a wonderful programme of songs by Sibelius and Rachmaninoff, including the high drama of ‘Svarta Rosor’ (‘Black Roses’) and the haunting ‘V molchan’ i nochi taynoy’ (‘In the silence of the secret night’). These songs feature on their recent recording on Linn Records.

    "a distinguished recital debut" BBC Music Magazine

    "Imbrailo’s handsome timbre and focus bring ample rewards – as do the sensitivity, care and intelligence of both performers... a rewarding release." Gramophone, August 2018

    "Jacques Imbrailo has become the Billy Budd of choice, and he is in fine form, singing with a warmth and fullness of voice that embodies all this divine character’s strength and goodness” The Financial Times, April 2019

    “There’s one superb central performance: Jacques Imbrailo’s touchingly impulsive, properly athletic and nobly sung Billy.” The Times, April 2019

    “… we have the definitive Billy – he’s sung this part so often he virtually owns it” The Independent, April 2019

  • 16 October 2019 - 3:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Nosferatu film screening with Neil Brand (piano)
    Neil Brand
    TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College Oxford OX1 4JD
    United Kingdom

    A rare opportunity to experience FW Murnau’s 1922 cinematic masterpiece, Nosferatu, with live piano accompaniment performed by Neil Brand. The ‘doyen of silent film pianists’ (Radio 4), Neil Brand is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, a regular presenter on BBC Radio and TV, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest improvising piano accompanists. He introduces this ‘symphony of horror’ before a complete screening and performance.

  • 16 October 2019 - 5:45pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Ghost Trio: Phoenix Piano Trio
    Phoenix Piano Trio
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    In this potent, single-work concert, the Phoenix Piano Trio performs Beethoven’s extraordinary ‘Ghost’ Trio, with its famous slow movement that provided themes for Beethoven’s sketches for a projected opera of Macbeth.

    Piano Trio in D, 'Ghost'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 16 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Der Doppelgänger: Maria Forsström and Matti Hirvonen
    Maria Forsström, Matti Hirvonen
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    In the candle-lit splendour of New College Chapel, the great Swedish duo of Maria Forsström and Matti Hirvonen – who have given inspirational recitals at recent Festivals – present a programme of ghosts and graves, with haunting music by composers from Schubert to Rachmaninov and Britten.

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