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27 May



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at  
Britten, Berio, Bach
Church of Our Lady of the Snows
Jungmannovo náměstí 4 110 00 Prague 1
United Kingdom
(+420) 222 246 243
http://www.pms.ofm.cz

Tickets: 9.30pm
Charles-Antoine Duflot - cello

“A cellist caught my eye – a Frenchman, Charles- Antoine Duflot, who managed to play Suite No. 6 – the most difficult of them all – with delicacy and wit.” (The Guardian)

One can hardly imagine more stylistically and technically diverse repertoire for solo cello than the works chosen for his Prague Spring evening recital by the French cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot. This young artist, who is often called one of the most prominent talents of the younger generation, will be presenting on a single evening a combination of works by Baroque and contemporary composers, who share in common above all the extreme demands they place on performers.

For his Suite No. 3 Op. 37, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) took inspiration from the personality and playing of the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered the work in 1974. Britten, who had been captivated by Rostropovich’s interpretation of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, placed in his work a number of fragmentary references to Russian music, including a hymn of the Orthodox Church.

On the other hand, in Sequenza XIV (2002) Luciano Berio (1925-2003) introduces the cello right at the beginning of his composition in a less familiar role – as a percussion instrument. In addition to that, the work presents perhaps every sonic possibility that the cello has to offer.

Another interesting feature of the programme will be Bach’s Suite in D major BWV 1012, which the composer wrote for the fivestring ‘violoncello piccolo’. Although the work has traditionally been played on a modern four-string instrument, Duflot, who learned to play the Baroque cello during his university studies in Basel, will be performing the work on an 18th-century Italian Baroque instrument. This evening will be a unique opportunity to experience the colorful sound world of classical music through three phenomenally original compositions.

The French cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot has devoted himself to music since he was five years old. He first studied in Paris and Stuttgart, then he completed his master’s studies at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, where he studied performance on the Baroque cello. He is a laureate of a number of international competitions (the International J&A Beare Solo Bach Competition in London and the Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition), and he has appeared as a soloist under the baton of such conductors as Christoph Alstaedt, Nicolás Pasquet, and Christoph Prick. He plays an instrument made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in 1865 and an Italian five-string cello from the 18th century.


Benjamin Britten : Suite No. 3 Op. 87
Luciano Berio : Sequenza XIV
J.S Bach : Suite in D major BWV 1012

27 May



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7.30pm 
A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Frank Gehry set design
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble & soloists
Susanna Mälkki conductor

Pierre Boulez turns 90 this year, and this is both an innovative retrospective and a multi-faceted introduction to one of the giant figures in the music of our time. A Pierre Dream is an acoustic and theatrical journey through a lifetime of musical adventures, innovations and discoveries performed within a specially commissioned design by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. The production mixes live performance of works spanning over six decades of his creative career with rare on-screen archival footage and new interviews.
A Pierre Dream was conceived by Gerard McBurney as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Beyond the Score series, developed equally for all audiences, whether newcomers or seasoned concert-goers.


Pierre Boulez : Various

28 May



Germany
 Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8pm 
Instruments of Ice
DAAD Gallery
Zimmerstraße 90, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Germany
+49 30 2613640
http://www.daadgalerie.de/en/index_en.php

Quiet Music Ensemble + Karen Power

Dan Bodwell: Kontrabass
Ilse De Ziah: Eello
John Godfrey: elektrische Gitarre
Seán MacErlaine: Klarinette
Roddy O'Keeffe: Posaune
Karen Power: Elektronik

Karen Power verbrachte im Kontext des künstlerischen Projektes „The Arctic Circle Residency“ intensive Wochen in der Arktis. Stark beeindruckt von der besonderen Akustik dieser nordischen Weltregion nahm sie ein Meer von Klängen auf, präparierte Eisblöcke mit Mikrophonen oder ließ Hydrophone ins Wasser sinken, um Geräusche unter dem Eis aufzunehmen. Diese Aufnahmen dienen in dem Konzert als aurale Partitur für die Live-Musiker, die den räumlich projizierten Field Recordings mit akustischen Instrumentalklängen begegnen. Die Hörer werden mit auf eine Reise durch reale und aus der Erinnerung nachgebildete arktische Klanglandschaften genommen. Das Stück reflektiert in seiner dialogischen und meandernden Form das Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Eis.
Die Verflechtung von Instrumentalklängen und Alltagsgeräuschen sowie von akustischen Instrumenten und elektroakustischen Elementen bildet das künstlerische Zentrum von Karen Powers Schaffen. Sie untersucht dabei nicht nur die Gemeinsamkeiten und Eigenheiten instrumentaler und elektroakustischer Musik, sondern zielt vielmehr auf integrative Strategien, die die unterschiedlichen Potenziale anerkennen und in der kompositorischen Arbeit zusammenführen.

Die Komponistin, Klangkünstlerin und Improvisatorin Karen Power (Irland) ist 2015 Gast des Berliner Künstlerprogramms des DAAD. Das Quiet Music Ensemble kommt wie Karen Power aus Cork in Irland.

Eintritt frei

Karen Power spent in the context of the artistic project "The Arctic Circle Residency" intensive weeks in the Arctic. Highly impressed by the special acoustics of these Nordic region of the world took on a sea of ​​sounds, groomed ice blocks with microphones or hydrophones let fall into the water to absorb noises under the ice. These recordings are used in the concert as aural score for the live musicians who meet the projected spatial field recordings with acoustic instrumental sounds. The listeners are taken on a journey through real and simulated from memory Arctic soundscapes. The piece reflects in its dialogue and meandering shape the relationship between man and ice.
The intertwining of instrumental sounds and everyday sounds and acoustic instruments and electroacoustic elements forms the artistic center of Karen Powers work. It examines not only the similarities and peculiarities of instrumental and electroacoustic music, but aims rather to integrative strategies that recognize the different potentials and merge in the compositional work.

The composer, sound artist and improviser Karen Power (Ireland) 2015 Guest of the Berlin Artists Programme of the DAAD. The Quiet Music Ensemble comes as Karen Power from Cork in Ireland.

Admission free


Karen Power : instruments of ice

29 May



France
 Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8.30pm - 10.30pm 
Exils
Maison du peuple, Fourchambault
59 rue Gambetta, 58180 Fourchambault
France
+333 8690 9907
http://www.ville-fourchambault.fr
accueil.administration@mairie-fourchambault.fr

Tickets: €15, group of 5 or more €10 each, under 15 €5.
Quatuor Leonis
Guillaume Antonini & Sébastien Richaud - violins, Alphonse Dervieux - viola, Julien Decoin - cello with Jean Bojko - actor.

Concert performance of works with a reading of the text: « De quelle origine » by Ricardo Montserrat.

Contact; Guillaume Antonini
quatuorleonis@gmail.com
+336 8142 3925
www.quatuorleonis.com


Igor Stravinsky : Three Pieces for String Quartet
Alexandre Damnianovitch : Quatuor byzantin
Nigel Keay : String Quartet No.2
Béla Bartók : String Quartet No.3

30 May



United States
 Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs Five Monodramas
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera's month-long (May-Jun) THE BRITISH INVASION opera festival continues with a one-night only performance (May 30th at 7:30 p.m. at Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA) of five compelling monodramas. Odyssey Opera introduces audiences to a selection of the brightest stars among Boston’s emerging vocalists in a special evening of monodramas by five great British composers of the 20th century. The program includes Phaedra by Benjamin Britten (1913-76), Ophelia by Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012), Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila by Lennox Berkeley (1903-89), King Harald's Saga by Judith Weir (b.1954), and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies (b.1934). Each of these works is a tour-de-force for a solo singer, sometimes inhabiting multiple roles.

Benjamin Britten : Phaedra
Richard Rodney Bennett : Ophelia
Lennox Berkley : Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila
Judith Weir : King Harald's Saga
Peter Maxwell Davies : Eight Songs for a Mad King

31 May



Turkey
 Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 8pm 
Borusan Istanbul Phılharmonıc Orchestra
Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul
Turkey
http://muzik.iksv.org/en

Borusan Istanbul Phılharmonıc Orchestra
Sascha Goetzel conductor
Can Çakmur piano
Serkan Bodur tenor

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival opens with the world premiere of the
festival’s commission to Hasan Niyazi Tura, performed by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under the baton of Sascha Goetzel. The teen-prodigy Can Çakmur, who has been garnering international awards in the last few years, will be at
the piano for Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto. This opening concert will also reference the festival’s theme, Cultural Landscapes, with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


Hasan Niyazi Tura : Şehidin Türküsü
Dmitri Shostakovich : Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major, Op.102
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition

31 May



United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 19.30 - 23.00 
Enlightenment
Hoxton Basement
18 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG
United Kingdom
http://hoxtonbasement.com

Tickets: £5 students, £12 online, £14 on the door
Ligeti quartet

Centred around 2 works set against the backdrop of the 1970s cultural maelstrom, New Dots presents Enlightenment, an evening looking at ancient and modern battles fought, fired by beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil and a search for light
More Info: newdots.org.uk/events


George Crumb : Black Angels
Anna Meredith : Music for Ravens
William Dougherty : The Aureole Effect
Ji Sun Yang : Les Accordeons V
Wadada Leo Smith : String Quartet no. 3 "Black Church"
Tom Green : Gravity Fragments

1 Jun



Netherlands
 Monday, June 01, 2015 at 8.30pm 
Lecture-recital Jean-Guihen Queryas
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Jean-Guihen Queyras

In connection with the festival’s focus on Pierre Boulez, master cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras is joined by his students of the Musikhochschule Freiburg to give a lecture recital on Boulez’ Messagesquisse for solo cello and six cellists. In a special seating arrangement the musicians as well as the audience are positioned on the stage of the Stadsschouwburg. After an initial run-through of the piece, Queyras will bit by bit introduce the audience to Boulez’ rich universe of sounds. Rounding off with a second full performance of the piece, the audience will now experience the music in a completely new way.



Pierre Boulez : Messagesquisse

2 Jun 
 
3 Jun



United States
 Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 08:00pm 
The Sorrows of Young Werther Operatic Concert 6/3-4
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY
United States
212-864-5400
http://www.symphonyspace.org
info@symphonyspace.org

Tickets: $47
Ensemble for the Romantic Century

Described recently by The New York Times as “a dazzling musical and multimedia paean to human aspiration,” the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) returns to Symphony Space for two performances of The Sorrows of Young Werther. Written by James Melo based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s groundbreaking novella Sorrows of Young Werther, ERC’s production is an original, fully-staged theatrical concert blending drama based on Goethe's tale, and music of the German Lied repertoire.

Robert Schumann : Dichterliebe

4 Jun



United States
 Thursday, June 04, 2015 at 08:00pm 
The Sorrows of Young Werther Operatic Concert 6/3-4
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY
United States
212-864-5400
http://www.symphonyspace.org
info@symphonyspace.org

Tickets: $47
Ensemble for the Romantic Century

Described recently by The New York Times as “a dazzling musical and multimedia paean to human aspiration,” the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) returns to Symphony Space for two performances of The Sorrows of Young Werther. Written by James Melo based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s groundbreaking novella Sorrows of Young Werther, ERC’s production is an original, fully-staged theatrical concert blending drama based on Goethe's tale, and music of the German Lied repertoire.

Robert Schumann : Dichterliebe

5 Jun



United States
 Friday, June 05, 2015 at 7pm 
CONTACT!: New Music from Japan
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York
United States

Jeffrey Milarsky
Conductor
Stephen Gosling
Piano



Toru Takemitsu : Archipelago S for 21 players
Dai Fujikura : Infinite String
Misato Mochizuki : Si bleu, si calme
Olivier Messiaen : Sept Haikai

5 Jun



United States
 Friday, June 05, 2015 at 6pm and 9pm 
Present Music Nation
Hot Water Wherehouse
818 S Water St
United States
http://www.presentmusic.org/concerts/pmnation.aspx

Tickets: $15-$35
Present Music Ensemble


The votes have been counted. The people have spoken. For Present Music’s season finale, the program has been decided by YOU, the audience voters. This is all about giving Power to the People. With two concert times to choose from, get one final dose of new music and adventure for the season from Milwaukee’s coolest contemporary group.

Be sure to stick around after each performance for the sweet sounds of the Calamity Janes!

This is your nation. The Present Music Nation.
This concert not suited for children under 10.



6 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Nico Muhly Sentences
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
Nico Muhly conductor
Adam Gopnik librettist
Lawrence Power viola
Britten Sinfonia

Nico Muhly’s urgent new exploration of the life and ideas of Alan Turing, performed by Iestyn Davies and the Britten Sinfonia.

Nico Muhly is one of the most approachable composers of our time – an artist who draws his energy straight from contemporary life. Tonight, he conducts the Britten Sinfonia and counter-tenor Iestyn Davies in a compelling new dramatic monologue inspired by the life and persecution of the computer pioneer Alan Turing.

Alan Turing’s posthumous pardon in 2013 has re-opened the controversy over his treatment by state and society; and the way in which a scientist who served his country so dazzlingly in wartime – and predicted so much about the technology that shapes our world today – was driven to suicide because of his sexuality remains a compelling subject for artistic exploration. Following their recent joint projects, and the success of his opera Two Boys, this new collaboration between Nico Muhly and the ever-innovative Britten Sinfonia – conceived for the voice of Iestyn Davies - should provoke as many questions as it answers.

Listen to our exclusive Sentences podcast with interviews with countertenor Iestyn Davies and composer Nico Muhly.


John Dowland : If my complaints could passions move
Benjamin Britten : Lachrymae
Antonio Vivaldi : Stabat Mater
Nico Muhly : Sentences

7 Jun 
 
8 Jun 
 
9 Jun 
 
10 Jun



Turkey
 Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 21:00 
A WORLD PREMIERE WITH KIM KASHKASHIAN & PÉTER NAGY
Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul
Turkey
http://muzik.iksv.org/en

Kım Kaskashıan viola
Péter Nagy piano

Istanbul Music Festival’s commission to the leading Armenian composer of our era will earn another gem to the world classical music heritage, while this world premiere in the hands of Kim Kashkashian, a most celebrated champion of the composer’s music who is renowned for her lyricism and her love for the melodic line, will earn the festival followers a truly unforgettable musical experience. This concert brings Kim Kashkashian to the Istanbul Music Festival again with pianist Péter Nagy, after their much acclaimed performance in 2013.

J.S Bach : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Cembalo No.1 in G Major, BWV1027
Tigran Mansurian : In memoriam Komitas Vardapet Sonata da Chiesa for Viola and Piano

11 Jun



United States
 Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Composer/Percussionist Lukas Ligeti Celebrates 50th Birthday 6/11
Austria Cultural Forum
New York
United States

Tickets: Free
Lukas Ligeti and guests

On the occasion of his 50th birthday (6.13.15), the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents an unprecedented overview of composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti's work as a composer including new pieces written specifically for the occasion. The concert series opens June 11th at the ACFNY, with performances of Lukas’ solo and small ensemble works (performers include Thomas Bergeron, Candy Chiu, Jennifer Hymer, Ben Reimer, David Cossin, and others), and premiere pieces for Lukas’ new classical/indie rock band, Notebook. The festival culminates June 14th at Roulette featuring Lukas’ music for chamber orchestra. Program includes several world premieres, as well as U.S. and New York City premieres, performed by the fresh, contemporary-collective Ensemble mise-en conducted by Oliver Hagen, pianist Vicky Chow, and others.


12 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 12, 2015 at  
BIRTWISTLE: THE CORRIDOR/THE CURE
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
David Harsent librettist
Martin Duncan director
Alison Chitty set & costume designer
Paul Pyant lighting designer
London Sinfonietta

This music theatre double bill begins with a ‘photographic blow-up’ of one of the most heartrending moments of classical mythology: the fatal instant when Orpheus, glancing back along the corridor to the Underworld, inadvertently condemns Eurydice to an eternity in Hell. Now, Birtwistle returns with The Corridor’s ‘second half’: the restorative tale of Ovid’s Medea, who uses her powers to give new life to her lover’s ageing father, Aeson. The world premiere of The Cure will open the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival in a double bill with The Corridor, followed by further performances at Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre. With introspective narratives that are as austere and compelling as Birtwistle’s music, this intimate chamber opera pairing is theatre in close-up.

Friday 12 June 2015 at 7.30pm (SOLD OUT), Sunday 14 June 2015 at 2.30pm, Monday 15 June 2015 at 5pm


Harrison Birtwistle : The Corridor The Cure

13 Jun 
 
14 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Luke Bedford and George Benjamin
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth conductor

The fizzing energy of Mozart and Schubert frames a Janus-like concert that straddles the centuries, turning back for inspiration but planting its feet in the music of today. In Ravel’s hands the grace and exuberance of French baroque dance forms become both homage to his French musical ancestry and bittersweet homily to the fallen.
Luke Bedford’s rhapsody evokes nineteenth century conjoined twins who sing with a striking, heartrending beauty whilst Benjamin’s taut, luminous score teems with vivid caprice and sombre foreboding. At the helm, Aldeburgh newcomer François-Xavier Roth blends period instrument sensibility and an extraordinary ear for the kaleidoscopic colours of new music.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
Luke Bedford : Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale
Maurice Ravel : Le Tombeau de Couperin
George Benjamin : Three Inventions
Franz Schubert : Symphony No.5

14 Jun



Netherlands
 Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 8pm 
Boulez: Répons
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Ensemble intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher

Pierre Boulez' groundbreaking work Répons (1981-1984) is the first composition in which the grand maitre of the musical experiment combined the performers' traditional instrumentation with real-time manipulated sound. Because of the spiralling character of the score and the spatial grouping of ensemble, soloists, loudspeakers ánd audience, Amsterdam's Gashouder is the ideal venue in which to fully appreciate the music's exciting interplay between past and present, question and answer. Boulez' faithful collaborators of the Ensemble intercontemporain and the sound wizards of IRCAM, the institute which was founded by Boulez, will play the piece twice, so that the audience can change seats in the break and re-experience the music from a different perspective the second time. It's a unique opportunity to get acquainted with every aspect of this iconic work.

Pierre Boulez : Répons

14 Jun



United States
 Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 5:30pm 
Composer/Percussionist Lukas Ligeti and Guests 6/14
Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of 3rd)
United States
917 267 0363
http://www.interpretations.info
mutemus@rcn.com

Tickets: $20
Lukas Ligeti
Ensemble mise-en
and more

On the occasion of his 50th birthday (6.13.15), the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents an unprecedented overview of composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti's work as a composer including new pieces written specifically for the occasion. The concert series opens June 11th at the ACFNY, with performances of Lukas’ solo and small ensemble works (performers include Thomas Bergeron, Candy Chiu, Jennifer Hymer, Ben Reimer, David Cossin, and others), and premiere pieces for Lukas’ new classical/indie rock band, Notebook. The festival culminates June 14th at Roulette featuring Lukas’ music for chamber orchestra. Program includes several world premieres, as well as U.S. and New York City premieres, performed by the fresh, contemporary-collective Ensemble mise-en conducted by Oliver Hagen, pianist Vicky Chow, and others.


15 Jun 
 
16 Jun



United States
 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs Powder Her Face 6/18-20
Boston Conservatory
Boston, MA
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera's month-long (May-Jun) THE BRITISH INVASION opera festival culminates with a three-night performance Face (June 18-20) of the fully staged production of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face (1995). A collaboration between Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics and power through the prism of the life story of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” In Powder Her Face, Adès plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy and challenges audiences to reconsider what they think of the Duchess.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7.30pm 
International Guitar in Bolton
Bolton School Arts Centre
Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8 (£5 Manchester Guitar Circle Members)
Steven Joseph (Classical Guitar) and
Jon Gjylaci (Classical Guitar)
with guest Mike Walker (Percussion)

A Classical Guitar Double-Bill

Programme includes music from Steven Joseph's newly-released CD 'Firewire'

AND the World Premiere of 'Five Divertissements for Guitar' by Helen Walker, performed by Jon Gjylaci

ALSO pieces by Albeniz, Jobim, Morel, Duarte, Dyens and Reinhardt.


Helen Walker : Five Divertissements for Guitar

18 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 18, 2015 at  
Boulez Exploration
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

11.30am – 1pm - Pierre Boulez: Livre pour quatuor (extracts) with Quatuor Diotima
3pm – 4.30pm - Pierre Boulez Piano Sonata No.3 with Florent Boffard, piano

We present a fascinating two-part insight into the music of one of Europe’s leading modernist figures. Famous for radically recomposing his early works, Boulez wrote his short piece for string orchestra Livre pour cordes in 1968, but the six short pieces for string quartet on which the work is based, Livre pour quatuor, were written much earlier, when he was in his early twenties. Utterly revolutionary for their time, the pieces were later withdrawn by Boulez in their quartet form, partly because of the extreme demands they make on the players, but provide a striking portrait of the artist as a young man – breathtakingly radical, yet apparently already at ease in a language that his elders and contemporaries were approaching with 15 great caution. The outstanding Quatuor Diotima play extracts of the pieces, while composer Julian Anderson introduces the work and facilitates a discussion.

In the afternoon we explore Boulez’s remarkable, labyrinthine third sonata, which he describes as an ‘investigation of a relative world, a permanent “discovering” rather like the state of “permanent revolution”’. Written in 1958, the work was inspired by the innovations in form made in literature by Mallarmé and Joyce, with its five movements (of which only two were ‘finished’) to be played in any order and with each containing its own blueprint for localised indeterminacy. Florent Boffard, long-time soloist in Boulez’s Ensemble InterContemporain, performs not only the two finished and printed movements, but also Boulez’s latest unfinished and unpublished complementary parts.


Pierre Boulez : Livre pour quatuor (extracts)
Pierre Boulez : Piano Sonata No.3

18 Jun



United States
 Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs Powder Her Face 6/18-20
Boston Conservatory
Boston, MA
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey OPera

Odyssey Opera's month-long (May-Jun) THE BRITISH INVASION opera festival culminates with a three-night performance Face (June 18-20) of the fully staged production of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face (1995). A collaboration between Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics and power through the prism of the life story of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” In Powder Her Face, Adès plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy and challenges audiences to reconsider what they think of the Duchess.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

19 Jun



United States
 Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs Powder Her Face
Boston Conservatory
Boston, MA
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera's month-long (May-Jun) THE BRITISH INVASION opera festival culminates with a three-night performance Face (June 18-20) of the fully staged production of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face (1995). A collaboration between Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics and power through the prism of the life story of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” In Powder Her Face, Adès plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy and challenges audiences to reconsider what they think of the Duchess.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 19, 2015 at 3pm 
Boulez: Improvisations sur Mallarmé
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

RAM Manson Ensemble



Pierre Boulez : Improvisation sur Mallarmé

20 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9pm 
Aimard, Benjamin & Friends
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Stefanovich piano
Isabelle Faust violin
Mark Simpson clarinet
Jean-Guihen Queyras cello

This quick-fire, late-evening concert brings the principal artistic powerhouses of this year’s Festival, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and George Benjamin, together at the piano to play Ravel’s glittering score, which in 2014 provided the resounding orchestral finale of the spectacular outdoor Musicircus event. Fellow Festival resident artists Mark Simpson, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Florent Boffard play Debussy, Isabelle Faust performs Benjamin’s violin miniatures and the premiere of Scottish composer Martin Suckling’s new clarinet trio completes the programme.


Claude Debussy : Première Rhapsodie
Claude Debussy : Cello Sonata
George Benjamin : Three Miniatures
Martin Suckling : Visiones
Maurice Ravel : Ma Mère l’Oye

20 Jun



United States
 Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs Powder Her Face 6/18-20
Boston Conservatory
Boston, MA
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera's month-long (May-Jun) THE BRITISH INVASION opera festival culminates with a three-night performance Face (June 18-20) of the fully staged production of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face (1995). A collaboration between Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics and power through the prism of the life story of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” In Powder Her Face, Adès plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy and challenges audiences to reconsider what they think of the Duchess.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

20 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 20, 2015 at  
LATE NIGHT VIOLIN
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

FENELLA HUMPHREYS Violin

The repertoire for solo violin is rich with examples throughout the history of the instrument and virtuoso violinist Fenella Humphreys has engaged in an ongoing project of commissioning works inspired by, or which re-imagine, the solo violin works of J.S. Bach.

In this late-night concert she gives the world première of three new commissions, including composers well-known to the Festival, alongside Bach, Biber and the virtuosic show-piece by Ernst which re-imagines Schubert's famous lied Erlkönig in all its highly-charged tempestuous frenzy.


Sally Beamish : New Work
Heinrich Biber : Passacaglia
Adrian Sutton : New Work
J.S. Bach : Ciaconna from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
Peter Maxwell Davies : New Work
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst : Grand Caprice Op. 26 on Schubert's Erlkönig

21 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7.30pm 
MAXWELL DAVIES Ebb of Winter
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

ANTONIO MÉNDEZ Conductor
JOANNA WEEKS Soprano
CATHERINE BACKHOUSE Mezzo-Soprano
THOMAS WALKER Tenor
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS Bass
DENISE STOUT Chorus Director

Mozart's Vespers is one of his shorter sacred works and probably best known for its beautiful Laudate Dominum whilst Haydn's The Storm is perhaps a less well-known choral work from the composer's time in London setting the words of Pindar. The Chorus storm leads perfectly to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony whose fourth movement is yet another tempest surrounded by visions of the bucolic with merry peasant dances and shepherds’ songs. The concert begins with the Orkney première of a recent work by Peter Maxwell Davies reflecting the change of season in spring on these islands and its ever-changing weather.



Peter Maxwell Davies : Ebb of Winter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339
Joseph Haydn : The Storm Hob. XXIVa
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 (Pastoral)

22 Jun 
 
23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7pm 
FAUSTAS LATENAS and OLAV ANTON THOMMESSEN
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

ENGEGÅRD QUARTET
ARVID ENGEGÅRD Violin
ALEX ROBSON Violin
JULIET JOPLING Viola
JAN CLEMENS CARLSEN Cello

Both quartets present works from their home countries of Lithuania and Norway to start the concert with the extraordinary re-imagining of themes from Mendelssohn in the work of Norwegian composer Thommessen. Completing this thrilling concert is the towering achievement by the sixteen-year-old Mendelssohn. A work of brilliance and mature imagination, it is hard to believe that the composer was so young and that a year later he would write the Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream.



Juozas Pakalnis : Little Prelude
Faustas Latenas : String Quartet No. 2, In Loving Memory
Olav Anton Thommessen : Felix Remix
Felix Mendelssohn : Octet

24 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
Tal Rosner video and animation*
Sakari Oramo conductor

It was at a performance of Frank Bridge’s mighty orchestral suite that the young Britten was ‘knocked sideways’. Here it washes against Britten’s own seascapes animated on the big screen by a bold and persuasive video interpretation; Tal Rosner fuses together imagery from urban waterways, using the grit and grandeur of the great seafaring American cities to transpose music so synonymous with Suffolk’s shoreline from the local to the global.

Alice Coote follows her Festival recital with Mahler’s beguiling song cycle, and the serenity of Sibelius’ celebration of the water spirits stands as still water next to the churning currents of Helen Grime’s arresting Siegfried Sassoon-inspired music.
Tal Rosner’s Passacaglia is co-commissioned by Aldeburgh Music and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Jean Sibelius : The Oceanides
Helen Grime : Everyone Sang
Gustav Mahler : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Frank Bridge : The Sea
Benjamin Britten : Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia

25 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7.30pm 
London Sinfonietta
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
George Benjamin conductor

Two heavyweight but luminous modern works are at the heart of the London Sinfonietta’s collaboration with George Benjamin and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, now strongly associated with Aimard’s recordings, is filled in its fast movements with pounding cross-rhythms and dizzying virtuosity, while its slow movement yields to a desolate, lamenting abyss that lurks below the composer’s dazzling surface.

‘Dazzling’ is also the key to Benjamin’s At First Light, an evocation inspired by Turner’s painting Norham Castle, Sunrise of a landscape in which all detail is washed out by overpowering light. Birtwistle and Knussen’s works are both titled as ‘songs’, but where Birtwistle’s is a rhythmic moto perpetuo in the vein of Ligeti’s concerto, Knussen’s miniatures are highly lyrical. The UK premiere of Jordan-born Haddad’s mini-concerto for two cellos and ensemble completes the programme.


Harrison Birtwistle : Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum
Oliver Knussen : Songs Without Voices
Saed Haddad : In Contradiction for two cellos and ensemble
Gyorgy Ligeti : Piano Concerto

25 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7pm 
Time becomes a song
St Vedast-alias-Foster
4, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH
United Kingdom
020 7606 3998
http://www.vedast,org,uk
administrator@vedast.org.uk

Tickets: n/a
Illumination Chamber Choir, conducted by Alexander Campkin

CoMA Singers, conducted by Janet Oates




Alexander Campkin : O nata lux
Ronald Corp : Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Jonathan Dove : Into thy hands
Miriam Mackie : Sing Joyfully
Janet Wheeler : Time Becomes a Song

26 Jun 
 

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