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Format: 2014-10-01
Format: 2014-10-01
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    Fri, 2014-10-10 10:30
    The William Alwyn Festival 2014 | Fenella Humphreys (violin)
    Fenella Humphreys, Nathan Williamson
    St Edmund's Church Southwold
    United Kingdom

    This unique recital includes Alwyn's only major work for violin and piano and a major sonata by his pupil and eventual wife Doreen Carwithen. Also the world premiere of two rarities by the well-known British songwriter C W Orr. Alongside these works two famous works from the Baroque and Romantic periods.

    Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor for solo violin
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonatina for Violin and Piano
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)
    Serenade
    Charles Wilfred Orr (1893-1976)
    Minuet
    Charles Wilfred Orr (1893-1976)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Fri, 2014-10-10 19:30
    The William Alwyn Festival 2014 - British and Russian songs
    Ilona Domnich, Nigel Foster, Simon Wallfisch
    St Edmund's Church Southwold
    United Kingdom

    A rare opportunity to hear two of Alwyn's major song cycles in one concert. Marking the centenary of the beginning of WW1, a selection of classic twentieth century British songs, some beautiful romantic songs by two Russian masters, and two classic works by British Baroque composer Henry Purcell. To bring this eleoquent and searching repertoire to life we have two wonderful young singers joined by the renowned accompanist Nigel Foster.

    Sound the Trumpet from Come ye sons of art, (Birthday Ode for Mary II)
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Invocations
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    On the idle hill of summer from Bredon Hill and other songs
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    The lads in their hundreds from A Shropshire Lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Journey's End
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Spring sorrow
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Far-darting Apollo
    Geoffrey Bush (1920-1998)
    Lost is my quiet for ever
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Mirages
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Lilacs from 12 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    They answered from 12 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    How fair this spot from 12 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Daisies from 6 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Believe me not, friend from 12 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Don Juan's Serenade from 6 Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Duet from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    Sat, 2014-10-11 10:30
    The William Alwyn Festival 2014 | Tippett String Quartet
    Tippett String Quartet
    Holy Trinity Church Blythburgh IP19 9NQ
    United Kingdom

    The highly acclaimed Tippett String Quartet perform Alwyn's darkly austere second quartet alongside a quartet by local Suffolk composer Christopher Wright. Also on the programmme, Puccini's highly expressive and romantic, but seldom peformed, The Chrysanthemums and perhaps Schubert's most profound statement in the quartet repertoire.

    String Quartet No 2 'Spring Waters'
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    String Quartet No 4
    Christopher Wright (1954-)
    Cristantemi
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • Sat, 2014-10-04 18:00
    Brahms's A German Requiem | Roman River Festival Choir
    Ben McAteer, Lucy Hall, Orlando Jopling, Peter Hanson, Richard Lester, Roman River Festival Choir, Roman River Festival Orchestra
    St Mary's Church Stoke by Nayland CO6 4QU
    United Kingdom

    The culmination of the Roman River Festival 2014, among the magnificent soaring architecture of the wool church at Stoke by Nayland, a picture-perfect village overlooking the Stour Valley.

    Richard Lester is one of the few world-class soloists to be equally at home on both period and modern instruments. Young stars Lucy Hall and Ben McAteer make their Roman River festival débuts, and the festival choir is bigger and better than ever, this year coached throughout September by vocal expert Ian Ray.

    The star of the show was undoubtedly Lucy Hall as Susanna; her clear soprano was a delight’ – Bachtrack

    The orchestra is the best group of musicians ever assembled by the Roman River Festival, featuring the visceral power and rhythmic poise of the UK’s best period timpani player Adrian Bending on calf-skin timps, the virtuosity of the country’s leading period brass players, and the stylish, elegant musicianship of the Roman River Festival Orchestra that wowed the audience last year, led by Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique leader Peter Hanson.

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    Wed, 2014-10-08 19:30
    Chester Music Society Celebrity concert - Jennifer Pike (violin)
    Jennifer Pike, Tom Poster
    St Mary's Centre Chester CH1 2DW
    United Kingdom

    Having been, at the age of 12, the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Jennifer is now firmly established amongst the finest violinists of her generation, in demand in concert halls and recording studios around the world. In 2005, she made her debuts at both the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, and aged 18 she became a BBC New Generation Artist.

    Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Sonata for Solo Violin No 3 in D Minor, 'Ballade'
    Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
    Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song
    Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995)
    4 Romantic Pieces
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    Sat, 2014-10-11 15:00
    The William Alwyn Festival 2014 | Poetry and Music
    Bernard Saint, Eleanor Bron, Fenella Humphreys, John Turner, Jonathan Rutherford, Lisa Cassidy
    Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh IP15 5BW
    United Kingdom

    A wonderful opportunity to hear the acclaimed actress Eleanor Bron reciting T S Eliot's poems set to music by British composer Alan Rawsthorne in this new arrangement for narrator and piano by Peter Dickinson of which this is the first performance. Eleanor Bron can be heard again when she is joined by violinist Fenella Humphreys in a children's favourite, Ferdinand the Bull set to muisc by Alan Ridout. The programme also includes the first performance of a new work by Peter Hope. Miss this one at your peril!

    Ferdinand the Bull for violin solo and narrator
    Alan Ridout (1934-1996)
    Wood Magic
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Lament of the tall tree
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Tallis remembered
    Peter Hope (1930-)
    Practical Cats
    Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971)
    Wood Magic
    Gordon Crosse (1937-)
    Lament of the Tall Tree
    Gordon Crosse (1937-)
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    Sat, 2014-10-04 19:30
    Guitars Etcetera - John Williams / Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden
    Anthony Pleeth, David Juritz, Graham Preskett, John Williams, Laura Snowden, Richard Harvey, Tom Ellis, William Morris
    Christ Church, East Sheen London SW14 7AW
    United Kingdom

    This is a remarkable one-off charity event, featuring an imaginative selection of Italian, Spanish and Latin American music, played by world-class musicians who are giving their time for a very important cause. We welcome the brilliant young guitar duo of Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden and the leading cellist Anthony Pleeth, alongside the wonderful John Williams, Richard Harvey, Graham Preskett and violinist David Juritz.

    This concert is organised by the MAE Foundation, which concentrates on taking musical instruments and music teaching to thousands of refugee children from Burma in the jungle refugee camps along the Thai border.

    Since 2010, the charity -- founded and supported by British-based composers and musicians -- has already delivered nearly two thousand instruments and songbooks to children in the Mae La camp. The aim of this concert is to finance a second MAE Foundation songbook, to buy more instruments and to guarantee the rapid expansion of our provision of music teachers for these bright, enthusiastic children.

    Despite the changes now taking place in Burma, the children in these camps -- more than 60,000 of them -- will still be living in temporary, leaf-roofed huts in the jungle for years to come. Support the MAE Foundation and enjoy a superb evening of exciting music, played by an extraordinary line-up of virtuoso musicians.

    Seating is unallocated. Doors open at 7pm

    Libertango
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Concerto for Mandolin in C major
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Prayer
    Frederic Hand (1947-)
    Concerto for Mandolin and Strings in C major
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Café 1930
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Chamber Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    Wed, 2014-10-01 19:30
    Concert and talk | Alma Mahler: Muse or Monster?
    Ania Safonova, Oleg Kogan, Olivia Ray, Patrick Bade, Ronan O'Hora
    20th Century Theatre London W11 2QA
    United Kingdom

    It was the litany of lovers and husbands in what he described as ‘the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary that it has ever been my pleasure to read’ that inspired Tom Lehrer’s famous song about Alma Mahler:

    ‘Her lovers were many and varied,
    From the day she began her beguine.
    There were three famous ones whom she married
    And God knows how many between.’

    Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel was not one of those celebrated beauties who retained her allure into old age. Colour film footage of her from the 1950s in conversation with her daughter Anna presents a raddled and formidable matron. And how did all those sensitive artists endure that grating voice? In photographs taken of her in her prime, we can admire her flawless profile and magnificent bosom. Were these features enough to fascinate a small army of gifted men? In an evening of chamber music and songs (some by the lady herself) we shall explore the enigma of Alma Mahler and the impact she had on the culture and music of her time.

    Selected Songs
    Alma Schindler-Mahler (1879-1964)
    Selected Songs
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Three Pieces for cello and piano
    Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
    Piano Trio in D
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
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    Mon, 2014-10-06 19:30
    Rosenblatt Recitals - Carmen Giannattasio (soprano) and Jonathan Papp (piano)
    Carmen Giannattasio, Jonathan Papp
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Possessing a beautiful, versatile, full lyric soprano voice, Operalia 2002 winner Carmen Giannattasio “is the most talented of the younger Italian sopranos” (The Telegraph). A noted exponent of bel canto repertory, Giannattasio’s London recital debut follows a star turn opposite Joyce DiDonato in the Royal Opera House’s Maria Stuarda.

    “Blessed with a larger then life star quality... she can flip from vibrant light coloratura to dark smouldering mezzo tones with an elegant, clean technique and powerfully intense phrasing” Opera Now

    Lasciami! Lascia ch’io respiri from Quattro canzoni d'Amaranta
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Tacea la notte placida from Il trovatore
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    La maja dolorosa No 2 from Colección de tonadillas
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor from Goyescas
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    7 Canciones Populares Españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Poema en forma de canciones
    Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
    Neapolitan Songs
    Anonymous ()
    Tu che la vanita from Don Carlos
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • Sat, 2014-10-04 19:30
    Brahms - A German Requiem | Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
    Andrew Earis, Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kammerchor Passion, St Martin's Consort
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    In this performance, the first in The Sound of St Martin’s choral concert series for 2014/15, we begin our commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. St Martin-in-the-Fields is delighted to welcome the Kammerchor Passion from Berlin to perform with the Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

    The programme opens with Brahms’s sublime Geistliches Lied, followed by works by German composers Rheinberger and Mendelssohn. Two works specific to World War One will be performed - Elgar’s Sospiri, written at the outbreak of war in 1914, and The banks of the green willow by George Butterworth who was killed in the trenches. The concert concludes with Brahms’s monumental A German Requiem to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the war.

    Geistliches Lied
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Abendlied from 3 Geistliche Gesänge
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
    Sospiri
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Verleih uns Frieden
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    The Banks of Green Willow
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Antiphon - Let all the world in every corner sing from 5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)