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Format: 2014-04-24
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    Sat, 2014-05-03 19:30
    Mahler's The Song of the Earth, arranged for chamber ensemble
    Charles Mutter, Katie Bray, Samuel John Furness
    Glenfinnan Church Glenfinnan PH37 4LT
    United Kingdom

    Mahler’s masterpiece, Das Lied von der Erde, is a breath-taking cycle of songs of life and parting, based on ancient Chinese poems. Mahler poured a lifetime's knowledge of lieder and orchestral music into this work. The original score calls for an orchestra of nearly a hundred, which would leave no room for an audience in the beautifully restored Glenfinnan Church. Drawing on his own vast experience of chamber and orchestral music, the Festival's Artistic Director since 2006, Charles Mutter, has arranged it for two singers and an ensemble of eight virtuoso players, trading volume for clarity and intimacy.

    Audacious? Definitely. Revelatory? Quite probably.

    Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    £10, accompanied children free Available from 01397722295 Monday to Friday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm..
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    Sun, 2014-05-04 15:00
    Mahler's The Song of the Earth, arranged for chamber ensemble
    Charles Mutter, Katie Bray, Samuel John Furness
    Glenfinnan Church Glenfinnan PH37 4LT
    United Kingdom

    Mahler’s masterpiece, Das Lied von der Erde, is a breath-taking cycle of songs of life and parting, based on ancient Chinese poems. Mahler poured a lifetime's knowledge of lieder and orchestral music into this work. The original score calls for an orchestra of nearly a hundred, which would leave no room for an audience in the beautifully restored Glenfinnan Church. Drawing on his own vast experience of chamber and orchestral music, the Festival's Artistic Director since 2006, Charles Mutter, has arranged it for two singers and an ensemble of eight virtuoso players, trading volume for clarity and intimacy.

    Audacious? Definitely. Revelatory? Quite probably.

    Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    £10, accompanied children free Available from 01397722295 Monday to Friday. 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
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    Wed, 2014-04-30 19:30
    The Choral Pilgrimage 2014: The Voice of the Turtle Dove | The Sixteen
    Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen
    Croydon Minster Croydon CR0 1RN
    United Kingdom

    For its 14th Choral Pilgrimage The Sixteen and Harry Christophers revisit the golden age of renaissance polyphony with a stunning programme of music by English composers John Sheppard, Richard Davy and William Mundy.

    Mundy’s monumental work Vox patris caelestis, the text of which comes from the Song of Songs, can be considered as the culmination of the great antiphon tradition, while Sheppard's musical style contains all the grandness of English harmonic invention. This year’s programme includes Sheppard’s glorious seven-part work Libera nos as well as his sublime Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria. Davy is the second most represented of all the composers in the Eton Choirbook and the mere fact that his music survived the Reformation is nothing short of a miracle. It is believed he wrote his monumental O Domine caeli terraeque in the span of a single day during his time at Magdalen College, Oxford.

    Harry Christophers says of the 2014 tour ‘Each one of these works is a real gem just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. This music is part of our great heritage and I look forward to you joining us on this pilgrimage of discovery.’

    Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria Virgo
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Adolescentulus sum ego
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    In manus tuas III
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    O Domine caeli terraeque
    Richard Davy (1465-c1507)
    In manus tuas I
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Ah, mine heart, remember thee well
    Richard Davy (1465-c1507)
    Vox patris caelestis
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Libera nos I and II
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    £10 / £15 / £20 Available from 01904 651 485 .
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 19:30
    Basel Symphony Orchestra
    Basel Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Matt Haimovitz
    Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge CB2 3QB
    United Kingdom

    Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and John Adams are three of the twentieth century's most influential composers. Their music is more richly textured, harmonic and accessible than their usual `minimalist' label implies.

    These Words is as haunting and ethereal as the timeless Gregorian chants that have inspired much of Pärt's work. Resonant and meditative, Glass's recently premiered Cello Concerto No 2 is a condensation of his score for Godfrey Reggio's critically acclaimed 2002 film Naqoyqatsi. Requiring colossal orchestral resources, Adams' Harmonielehre is a unique, mesmerising, three-movement work that marries the developmental techniques of Minimalism with the harmonic and expressive world of fin de siècle late Romanticism, to breathtaking effect.

    Their work is brought to life with consummate skill and passion by one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras, brilliantly conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, an acknowledged champion of modern classical music.

    Did you know?
    John Adams was inspired to write Harmonielehre by a dream in which he was driving across the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge and saw an oil tanker on the surface of the water abruptly turn upright and take off like a Saturn V rocket.

    Pre-concert talk - free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Cambridge City Hotel in nearby Downing Street.

    These Words
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Cello Concerto No 2, 'Naqoyqatsi'
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Harmonielehre
    John Adams (1947-)
    £35, £31, £26; students £10; groups 20+ £15. £2.25 booking fee per ticket Available from 01223 357851 Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm, or 30 minutes after the start of a show on performance days.
  • Sat, 2014-05-03 19:00
    Mendelssohn's Elijah | Monmouth Choral Society
    Huw Williams, Kirsty Hopkins, Martha McLorinan, Monmouth Choral Society, Regency Sinfonia, Stuart Young, Thomas Elwin
    Wyastone Concert Hall Wyastone NP25 3SR
    United Kingdom

    This epic work by Mendelssohn, full of great tunes, tells the dramatic story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. Written in 1846 for the Birmingham Festival, it was once almost as popular with choral societies as Handel’s Messiah, and it was common for the two works to be sung at alternate Christmas concerts. This concert will be our last performance led by our current conductor, Huw Williams who was recently appointed as Director of Music at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. Huw has been a huge inspiration to the choir and we wish him every success in his new role.

    Please note the earlier start time of 7pm for this concert

    Elijah
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £15 stalls, £20 circle, under 18s free Available from 01594 531496 8am to 10pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 12:00
    Summer Saturday Recital Series - Pupils from Aldenham School
    Pupils from Aldenham School
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    This is the first of a series of short chamber music recitals, beginning at 12noon and lasting 40-45 minutes. After the concert lunches and refreshments are available in the adjacent hall.

    No Tickets required.
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    Fri, 2014-05-02 19:30
    Discovering South America: A Guitarist's Journey
    Christian Wood, Enrico Aurigemma
    Lauderdale House London N6 5HG
    United Kingdom

    Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Latin guitar and revel in an enjoyable and informative experience as this recital takes you on a musical journey through the continent of South America, featuring many popular Latin styles. The programme will include works by Antonio Lauro, Augustin Barrios-Mangoré, and Astor Piazzolla.

    Composition Not Known
    Antonio Lauro (1917-1986)
    Composition Not Known
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Composition Not Known
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    £8, concessions £5 Available from 07960 930 680 .
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    Sat, 2014-05-03 12:00
    Summer Saturday Recital Series - Alexandra Zlatior and Nathan Tinker (piano duo)
    Alexandra Zlătior, Nathan Tinker
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    This is part of a series of 26 weekly short chamber music recitals, beginning at 12noon and lasting 40-45 minutes. After the concert lunches and refreshments are available in the adjacent hall.

    Alexandra Zlatior is in her final year of the Bachelors of Music programme at the Royal College of Music studying piano and harpsichord under the guidance of Nigel Clayton and Robert Woolley. She has played numerous concerts in the UK in venues such as the Southbank Centre, V&A Museum, Charlton House, St Mary Abbots, St Stephen's Church, Waltham Abbey, the RCM and the RSC, but also internationally, in France, Greece, Japan and her native Romania. More than just following a solo career Alexandra is interested in pedagogy, currently preparing for a LRSM Diploma while teaching in London. She is also keen to perform for charitable causes and community clubs.

    Nathan Tinker graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2011 and now spends most of his time as a freelance teacher of classical and jazz piano, instrumental and ballet accompanist. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Hampton Court House, St Martin's in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, Regent Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room. He has also been on the Live Music Now scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin where he performs as a soloist in outreach settings. Outside of the UK he has performed in Corsica, Italy, Spain and his native Japan.

    Fantasie in F minor for piano 4 hands
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    16 Waltzes for Piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Cocktail Suite
    Michael Rainford ()
    No Tickets required.
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    Mon, 2014-04-28 13:00
    Voyage à Paris - art song recital
    Varazdat Khachatryan, Zoe Lethbridge
    St Michael at the North Gate Oxford OX1 3EY
    United Kingdom

    A recital of art song from 20th century Paris given as part of the Music on Mondays recital series at St Michael at the North Gate. The recital presents a number gems from the genre from the evocative harmonies of Debussy to Poulenc’s quirky settings of texts by Apollonaire.

    A Chloris
    Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
    Quand je fus pris au pavillon
    Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
    Nuit d'etoiles
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Clair de lune from Fêtes galantes, Set 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, 'Five Popular Greek Songs'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Lydia, from '2 Songs'
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Mandoline from 5 Mélodies
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Claire de Lune
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Chanson d'Orkenise from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Hôtel from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Fagnes de Wallonie from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    'C' (J'ai traversé les ponts de Cé) from 2 Poèmes de Louis Aragon
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Montparnasse
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Hyde Park
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    No Tickets required.
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    Sun, 2014-05-04 15:00
    Charles Economou (piano) with Johannes Marmen and Stephen Anthony Brown
    Charles Economou, Johannes Marmen, Stephen Anthony Brown
    St Mary's Church, Perivale London UB6 8SS
    United Kingdom

    St Mary's Perivale Afternoon Concert Series. St Mary's Perivale is a tiny, beautiful 12th century church situated close to Western Avenue (A40) in Perivale, West London. Declared redundant in 1972, it is now a flourishing classical music venue, with an excellent reputation for superb concerts, given by many of the best musicians in London. All our concerts are free with a retiring collection. No tickets are issued beforehand – just turn up ! We also provide free refreshments, and free parking is readily available. It is a perfect venue for chamber and instrumental concerts, with close proximity to the musicians, excellent acoustics and a good piano. We think it compares favourably with any other small concert hall in London. Do come along – you will be very welcome.

    French Suite No 5 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Four Songs for Violin and Piano
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    4 Lieder
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 in G
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Kurukshetra for violin, piano and reciter
    Charles Economou ()
    No Tickets required.