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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 22 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges and Eugene Asti
    Eugene Asti, Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    A star trio performs songs by Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn, with poems of knights in ruined castles and twilit encounters in mysterious forests. They include Schumann’s Liederkreis Op 39, setting the poetry of Eichendorff, as a perfect complement to these songs. Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges and Eugene Asti are firm favourites at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and we are delighted to reunite them for this very special programme.

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sing of Love | City of Bristol Choir
    Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, David Ogden, Marcus Farnsworth
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    The 100-strong City of Bristol Choir and Bristol’s professional orchestra present a wonderful celebration of love in words and music.

    Marking the 60th birthday of Jonathan Dove, the concert features two of his most recent works performed in the presence of the composer: Our revels now are ended, an atmospheric setting of the immortal speech from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Sappho Sings, a suite of passionate and atmospheric songs for choir and orchestra with poetry by the archaic female Greek poet Sappho in a new translation by Alasdair Middleton.

    Sappho lived over 2,500 years ago. Of the thousands of lines of lyric poetry she is believed to have written, only a few hundred survive, and with the exception of one complete poem, all that remain are fragments.

    Dove uses six fragments of text in the work. He described his excitement at the process of composing the piece, “As I started to explore these words musically, and imagine ways they could be sung by a choir accompanied by an orchestra, I found an exhilarating freedom in the sparseness: just three words, ‘You burn me’ might become a whole song.”

    Four of the fragments are songs of love, in different forms; they are framed by an evocation of the goddess of love, and a vision of the moon.
    Rhythmic vibrancy, memorable melodies, and vivid orchestral colours all combine in a seductive work that dazzles and inspires.

    Words from The Merchant of Venice are set in Vaughan Williams’s beautiful Serenade to Music and, in his great hymn of praise and love for all creation, Rejoice in the Lamb, Britten brings to life Christopher Smart’s idiosyncratic poem with character and vitality.

    The award-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth sings two of Finzi’s most popular Shakespeare settings: Fear no more the heat o’ the sun and It was a lover and his lass, and completing the programme is one of the most celebrated of all orchestral works, Vaughan Williams’s stirring Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis for string orchestra in a version made exactly 100 years ago.

    Sappho sings
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Our revels now are ended
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Serenade to Music
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Rejoice in the lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Fear no more the heat o' the sun from Let us garlands bring - 5 Shakespeare songs
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
  • 20 October 2019 - 6:30pm
    Members of Chamber Philharmonic Europe
    Andrey Sur, Laurent Tardat, Maksim Korobejnikov, Members of Chamber Philharmonic Europe, Vera Neumann
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    The unusually dissonant introduction to Mozart’s Quartet K 465, dedicated to Joseph Haydn, opens a colourful programme of works for string quartet, spanning almost 150 years. The centrepiece of the concert is Janácek’s 1923 work, inspired by Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, while Brahms C minor quartet (possibly in this key to acknowledge as well as break free from Beethoven’s influence), over which Brahms agonised for many years and revised extensively, closes the evening.

    Part of Bloomsbury Festival

    Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm in the Brockway Room:

    ‘Small Steps and Giant Leaps’: endeavour, progress and pioneering achievements

    To tie in with the Bloomsbury Festival which is taking place at Conway Hall this weekend, musicologist Peter Quantrill talks about the evening’s programme in the context of the development of the string quartet and its pioneers.

    Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

    Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of 'affordable classical music for all' still remains. Visit our website for more information about all our Autumn 2019 Season music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    String Quartet No 19 in C, 'Dissonance'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 18 October 2019 - 7:15pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Series - Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
    Benjamin Grosvenor
    Upper Chapel Sheffield S1 2JD
    United Kingdom

    Benjamin Grosvenor first hit the headlines in 2004 when he became the youngest ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, aged just 11. Seven years later he appeared as the youngest ever soloist to perform on the opening night of the BBC Proms. His developing career has earned him worldwide recognition as a pianist of immense sensibility.

    This is sure to be a fabulous evening of pianistic virtuosity, culminating with Liszt’s sensational Reminiscences of Bellini’s grand opera Norma, an unashamedly flamboyant and riotous work.

    Blumenstück in D flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata No 1 in E flat minor, 'From the street'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Excerpts from Visions fugitives
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Réminiscencess de Norma de Bellini - Grande fantaisie
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Cristian Sandrin (piano)
    Cristian Sandrin
    St John's Church Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8JP
    United Kingdom
    Sonata for Piano No 8 in A minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Piano No 1 in F sharp minor
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Partita No 4 in D major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Étude 11 pour les arpèges composés from 12 Études
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Étude No 10 in B minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude No 5 in G from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 16 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Huddersfield Music Society - Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
    Benjamin Grosvenor
    St Paul's Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to open our seaon with Benjamin Grosvenor

    Blumenstück in D flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano 1.X 1905
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Visions fugitives
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Réminiscencess de Norma de Bellini - Grande fantaisie
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 18 October 2019 - 7:00pm
    Curzon Brass (brass quintet)
    Curzon Brass, Dan Price, Jacob Smith, Mark Dilley, Matthew Tarrant, Tom Hayes
    Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa CV32 4HN
    United Kingdom

    2019 Leamington Music Prize Winner’s concert

    Music from seventeenth century Venice to the jazz age, with some Bach, Gershwin and Sousa. Enjoy Packing up your Troubles and Putting on the Ritz!

    Canzona per sonare a quattro No 4
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
    Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Simon Lesley (1975-)
    6 Consolations, for piano
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Brass Quintet No 3 in D flat
    Victor Ewald (1860-1935)
    Popular Song from Façade
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Georgia on my mind
    Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)
    Pack up your troubles
    Composer Not Known ()
    The Liberty Bell
    John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    The Quintessential Gershwin
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Puttin' on the Ritz
    Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
    Suite No 1 for brass quintet
    Andrew Downes (1950-)
  • 24 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Rose and the Willow: Mercedes Gancedo/Beatriz Miralles
    Beatriz Miralles, Mercedes Gancedo
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Prize-winning Argentinian soprano Mercedes Gancedo and exciting young pianist Beatriz Miralles have been the Young Artists in Residence at the Life Victoria Festival in Barcelona. They present songs by the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge and the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera. At the heart of the programme, the masterful songs of Ginastera’s compatriot Carlos Guastavino, including the famous song ‘The Rose and the Willow’, conjure magical, nocturnal landscapes.

    Presented in association with the Life Victoria Festival, Barcelona

  • 24 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Rite of Spring: Owen-Apekisheva Duo
    Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The Owen-Apekisheva Duo gave a stunning performance at last year’s Festival and we are thrilled that they will return for two concerts this year. In the first of these, they perform Debussy’s épigraphes antiques, based on the music he had written to accompany Pierre Louÿs’s poems Les chansons de Bilitis. Alongside this, we hear Stravinsky’s electrifying arrangement of The Rite of Spring, which the composer played with Debussy in 1912.

    6 épigraphes antiques
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps', transcribed for piano 4 hands
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 24 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival: Four Last Songs: Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton
    Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Carolyn Sampson (described by The Times as having a ‘purity of tone matched by her dramatic ability to inhabit the spirit of each song in the cycle as though it were a perfectly contained world’) and regular duo partner Joseph Middleton ('the cream of the new generation') perform songs by Haydn (Arianna a Naxos), the young Schoenberg, and Gustav Mahler. After the interval, we hear Debussy’s Trois chansons de Bilitis, entering the sensuous and suggestive world of Pan and the dryads, and then Richard Strauss’s monumental Four Last Songs.

    Explore Debussy's musical responses to Pierre Louÿs's Les chansons de Bilitis at this afternoon's rush-hour concert.

    Arianna a Naxos
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Trois chansons de Bilitis
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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