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Format: 2019-10-23
Format: 2019-10-23
  • 27 October 2019 - 3:00pm
    Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony
    Jamal Aliyev, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Valentina Peleggi
    Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre Swindon SN1 1QN
    United Kingdom

    This concert is a perfect marriage of English and Italian orchestral favourites. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis has been a staple of Classis FM’s Hall of Fame top three for many years. The rich variety of layers and textures in the work makes it a ravishing curtain-raiser for this afternoon concert.

    Cellist Jamal Aliyev, who won the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in 2017, will be performing Elgar’s sublime cello concerto.
    Mendelssohn’s buoyant and cheerful Symphony No 4, ‘Italian’ closes this concert with panache and flair; a charming expression of how Italy made him feel.

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Overture from L'Italiana in Algeri, 'The Italian Girl in Algiers'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 23 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Southwell
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Sainte-Chapelle
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 24 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Sheffield
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul Sheffield S1 1HA
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Sainte-Chapelle
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Durham
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Durham Cathedral Durham DH1 3EH
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Sainte-Chapelle
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 26 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Edinburgh
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh EH1 2QQ
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Sainte-Chapelle
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 23 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Holst's The Planets
    Kirill Gerstein, Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Adès
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    When a great composer conducts music by someone else, something special happens – as two creative spirits react, respond, and strike sparks off each other. We can’t wait to hear Thomas Adès’s interpretation of Holst’s The Planets: after all, there’s a profound philosophy behind those glorious tunes and all that dazzling orchestral colour. Sibelius’s atmospheric nightscape is an old favourite of Adès, but only he and dedicatee Kirill Gerstein really know what to expect in his brand new Piano Concerto – set to be one of the biggest premieres in the UK this year. Experience musical history as it’s made: this performance should be definitive.

    Nightride and Sunrise
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
  • 26 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Apostles
    Alice Coote, Allan Clayton, BBC Symphony Chorus, Brindley Sherratt, David Stout, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucy Crowe, Roderick Williams, Sir Mark Elder
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    At the peak of his fame, and height of his genius, Elgar threw all his creative power into a single epic project: a trilogy of choral works that told the story of early Christianity not (as he put it) with ‘hymn tunes and rubbish’, but as a sweeping, deeply-felt human drama, glowing with colour and emotion. Written for huge forces and filled with music that goes straight to the heart, The Apostles is the closest Elgar ever got to writing an opera. Mark Elder adores it, and with a cast made up of top operatic talent, it will be an experience to touch the soul.

    The Apostles
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 1 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: A celebration of British cinema
    Anthony Weeden, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Piers Lane
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Film music was never just about Hollywood – and from Lawrence of Arabia to James Bond, Brief Encounter to Four Weddings and a Funeral, British cinema has created its own legends, to utterly unforgettable music. As part of our Isle of Noises season, film music maestro Anthony Weeden introduces a century of great British film scores. The elegance of Murder on the Orient Express, the visionary pre-war sci-fi of Things to Come; the sheer emotion of the Love theme from Romeo and Juliet: these are the soundtracks of all our lives: and you’ll never hear them played with more energy or flair.

    Programme includes:
    Jarre - Main theme (Lawrence of Arabia)
    Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No 2, mvt 1 (Brief Encounter)
    Mozart - Piano Concerto No 21, mvt 2 (The Spy who loved me)
    Arnold - Suite (David Copperfield)
    Rota - Love theme (Romeo and Juliet)
    Rodney Bennett - Waltz (Murder on the Orient Express)
    Rodney Bennett - Love theme (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
    Bliss - Suite (Things to come)

    Pieces celebrating British cinematic music
    Various ()
  • 30 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Robert Trevino conducts Shostakovich
    Alexei Volodin, Robert Trevino, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Conductor Robert Trevino directs the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the debut concert of its 2019-20 season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Opening with Mussorgsky’s Introduction from his unfinished opera Khovanschina, the composer sets a cold morning scene with shimmering strings in Russia’s capital. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 continues with impressionistic imagery, commanding an unparalleled virtuosic power in the piano’s flourishing displays of melodic passion and sensitivity.

    Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5, written in mid-1937 when Stalin’s paranoia and insecurity was at a fever pitch, proved a triumph for the composer, much to his relief. There is a tangible anxiety felt in all sections during the first movement, especially the strings, which develops in tone to form an invigorating final movement, lauded by his contemporaries for fulfilling a militaristic Soviet ideal. Whether Shostakovich truly capitulated to the demands of the era remains debated to this day.

    Prelude (Dawn over the Moscow River) from 'Khovanshchina'
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 24 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    At the Water's Edge: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Britten
    Elim Chan, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sol Gabetta
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Music by Tchaikovsky and Britten inspired by two very different landscapes, and Sol Gabetta in Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No 1.

    Elim Chan first conducted the Philharmonia in 2017, on her meteoric rise to a busy international career. She returns at the request of audience members and musicians alike.

    Tchaikovsky, on holiday in the Ukraine, worked the folk songs he heard there into his second symphony. The first movement grows out of the haunting melody of ‘Down by Mother Volga’, played first by a solo horn and bassoon, and the energetic finale is a set of variations on ‘The Crane’.

    The moods of a very different landscape suffuse Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, extracts from his opera Peter Grimes. In this dark story set on the Suffolk coast, the sea is a constant, implacable presence, whether calm or stormy, at dawn or by moonlight. Britten and his partner Peter Pears, both conscientious objectors, lived in self-imposed exile in the United States from 1939, but it was partly writing this music, said Britten, that made him realise “in a flash… where I belonged”, and they returned to Suffolk in 1942.

    At the heart of the programme is Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No 1. Widely considered the height of achievement for a cellist, the piece gives the solo horn, and indeed every member of the orchestra, the chance to shine too. Charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta follows in illustrious footsteps – Shostakovich wrote the concerto in 1959 for his young friend, and erstwhile orchestration student, Mstislav Rostropovich.

    4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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