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Format: 2019-01-16
Format: 2019-01-16
  • 17 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Augustin Hadelich, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, written quickly in the middle of an intensely creative period, begins with five strokes of the timpani, and unfolds from this simple beginning into the greatest of all concertos for the instrument. A noble and lyrical work, it set the pattern for the great violin concertos of the nineteenth century. Strauss’s Sinfonia domestica uses his home life – children playing, a quarrel and reconciliation with his wife, dreams and cares at night – as the starting point for a work which overflows with imaginative and exuberant music. Written just before his operatic career exploded with the scandalous success of Salome, it’s tended to be unfairly overshadowed.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm - The Forge
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphonia domestica
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 23 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Alice Sara Ott, Philharmonia Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Finlandia, part of a suite which Sibelius wrote for a pageant in 1900, is a concentrated burst of patriotic feeling. Ravel said that his piano concerto was “written in the same spirit as those of Mozart and Saint-Saëns” with two vivacious outer sections framing a slow movement of still and crystalline beauty. The first of Sibelius’s great cycle of symphonies is a noble and powerful piece from the late 1890s. While influenced by Tchaikovsky, it shows many signs of the composer he was to become.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm, The Forge - to book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Valse triste
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    The English Concert
    Harry Bicket, Nadja Zweiner, The English Concert
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    The high baroque era was an age of limitless musical possibilities – of brilliant innovations, virtuoso reworks, and music of electrifying theatricality and grandeur. Harry Bicket and The English Concert celebrate all that splendour in a concert that embraces the London stage, the glitter of 18th century Venice and the timeless beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach: including the orchestral arrangement of his famous Air on the G string.

    Concerto for strings and continuo in G minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Suite from Incidental music for Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 4 violins in F
    Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 January 2019 - 8:00pm
    Foyer Club - Classico Latino
    Classico Latino
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    End the week with a laid-back evening in the Saffron Hall foyer. A well-stocked bar, food trucks serving a superb selection of street food, plus live music from Classico Latino. Eat, drink, get into the swing and unwind!

    The award-winning group Classico Latino seamlessly blends the techniques and sounds of classical music with authentic Latin American rhythms and melodies. Creating unique and groundbreaking arrangements alongside original compositions, the group’s performances appeal to a wide audience drawn from all cultural backgrounds. Drawing on the familiar samba, bolero and tango as well as less-well-known rhythms, Classico Latino’s music tells the amazingly varied stories and emotions of Latin America.

  • 16 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Here and Now
    Colin Currie, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Stewart McIlwham
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    When Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise, said that Britain was one of the best places in the world to make new music, this is exactly the sort of thing he was talking about. A young German composer who’s found his voice in London. A new showpiece for percussion phenomenon Colin Currie, from one of the most powerful young British talents. The UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Agamemnon. And the LPO’s own Principal Piccolo introduces a new concerto from Estonia, before the whole orchestra gives the world premiere of the Concerto for Orchestra by the cult Swedish composer Anders Hillborg. Musical history in the making: you heard it here first.

    Part of Southbank Centre’s New Music International festival, January 2019.

    Burr, for orchestra
    Arne Gieshoff ()
    Solastalgia, for piccolo and orchestra
    Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959-)
    Concerto for percussion and orchesta
    Helen Grime ()
    Louis Andriessen (1939-)
    Concerto for Orchestra
    Anders Hillborg (1954-)
  • 19 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Henleaze Concert Society | Schubert and Vaughan Williams's Piano Quintets
    Bristol Ensemble
    Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church Bristol BS9 4BT
    United Kingdom

    Piano quintets feature in this first concert of the new year with Schubert's enduringly popular and elegant Trout, paired with Vaughan Williams's Piano Quintet in C minor.

    Vaughan Williams's early chamber work uses the same rich instrumentation (piano with violin, viola, cello and double bass) and is expansive and Brahmsian in its first movement harmonies, but the style and traits of this most English of composers is unmistakable in the second movement. Ursula Vaughan Williams donated the score of the work to the British Library with an embargo on performance, which remained in place until the 1990s.

    Quintet for piano and strings in A, 'Die Forelle' (Trout)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Piano Quintet in C minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 20 January 2019 - 3:00pm
    Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Anna Tilbrook (piano)
    Anna Tilbrook, Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    The internationally famous Fitzwilliam String Quartet makes its third appearance at Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts concerts, but this time it is joined by Anna Tilbrook – one of Britain’s most exciting pianists with an enviable reputation as an accompanist and chamber musician. Expect a masterly interpretation of Elgar’s famous Piano Quintet.

    2 Novelettes, from 5 Novelettes, for string quartet
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Meditation on the Old Bohemian Chorale 'Saint Wenceslas', for string quartet
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    Quintet for piano and strings in A minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A (piano quintet version)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 19 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Beethoven's Triple Concerto - Fidelio Trio with Farnborough Symphony Orchestra
    Adi Tal, Darragh Morgan, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, Fidelio Trio, Johann von Stuckenbruck, Mary Dullea
    Princes Hall Aldershot GU11 1NX
    United Kingdom

    Farnborough Symphony Orchestra's opening concert of 2019 is a celebration of the number 3! The principal work of the first half is Beethoven's Triple Concerto, scored for piano trio (violin, cello, piano) and orchestra and composed in 1803. We are very excited to welcome the Fidelio Trio as soloists. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world. The other major work in the programme is Schumann's Symphony No. 3, which was premiered on 6 February 1851 in Düsseldorf, conducted by Schumann himself. Although it received mixed reviews, ranging from praise without qualification to bewilderment, the audience on the night apparently applauded between every movement and shouted "hurrah" at the end. To preside over the three works in the programme we are delighted to welcome guest conductor, Johann Stuckenbruck, who has recently completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and who is currently working as Assistant Conductor at Glyndebourne. He will no doubt be hoping for an equally enthusiastic (but possibly more restrained) audience response. Photo © Hugo Glendinning.

    Overture: Leonora No. 3 in C major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Triple Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 3 in E flat, 'Rhenish'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 24 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music of Consequence: Wagner, Ravel and Shostakovich
    Christoph Altstaedt, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Orchestra of Opera North
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Few pieces demonstrate the effects of war more starkly than Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major, written for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I. This extraordinary work will be performed by award-winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a renowned exponent of Ravel’s music who makes his Kirklees début alongside conductor Christoph Altstaedt.

    Sandwiching the concerto are Shostakovich’s 15th and final symphony, and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Shostakovich’s 15th is a profound piece where nothing is quite as it seems. Quotations from other musical works litter the symphony, none more poignantly than the leitmotif from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

    Talking Music starts at 6.40pm (free).

    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for piano (left hand) and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Symphony No 15 in A
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 23 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time, Ravel and Debussy
    Alasdair Beatson, Alina Ibragimova, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt
    South Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    This concert is a rare opportunity to hear Messiaen's unique masterpiece performed by four master musicians. This is the third visit to Nicholas Yonge Society by both Matt Hunt and Alasdair Beatson who are also well known to Lewes Chamber Music Festival audiences; many of us will remember their spectacular performance of Bartok's Conrasts at the 2016 Festival with the versatile and virtuosic Alina Ibramigova. For this concert they are joined by cellist Louise Hopkins, pupil of Raphael Wallfisch and head of strings at the Guildhall.

    This combination of the Ravel Trio with the Messiaen Quartet and the Debussy Rhapsodie performed by these superb artists should make for a memorable concert.

    Première rhapsodie, for clarinet and piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Quatuor pour la fin du temps, 'Quartet for the end of time'
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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