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19 Aug

 Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11am 
Helena Winkelman World Premiere
Lucerne Festival

Ghost Choir (Peter Siegwart chorus master)
Dani Mangisch speaker
Sylvia Nopper voice

Starting in the mid-1970s the group known as Oberwalliser Spillit became a sensation. With clarinet, hammered dulcimer, and such new-fangled instruments as the Tenundi Titschini (a tuned wooden drum), as well as plenty of wit, the “Oberwalliser Spielleute” (“the bandsmen from Valais”) devoted themselves to the old tunes and dances of the Swiss Confederation – but without a hint of old-fashioned stuffiness. And they proved that folk music and the avant-garde can get along by having contemporary composers write new works tailor-made for them. Composers like Heinz Holliger. In Alb-Chehr he set a Valais legend about two shepherds and a cantankerous dairyman who run into some music-making ghosts – with a fatal outcome for the dairyman. Shortly after Oberwalliser Spillit broke up in 2001, the clarinetist Elmar Schmid founded the ensemble sCHpillit, which is now coming together again to present not only Holliger’s classic but also a brand-new score by the composer and violinist Helena Winkelman.

Heinz Holliger : Fünf Kinderlieder
Heinz Holliger : Alb-Cher. “Geischter- and Älplermüsig”
Heinz Holliger : Gränzä – Grenzen
Helena Winkelman : Ronde des Lutins

20 Aug 
21 Aug

United Kingdom
 Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212


After a triumphant Proms debut with the CBSO last year, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla returns with a programme that sets Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony against a world premiere by Gerald Barry. Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Overture 'Leonore' No. 3
Igor Stravinsky : Violin Concerto in D major
Gerald Barry : Canada
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 5 in C minor

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26 Aug

United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7.45pm 
Edward Gregson World Premiere
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800

Nightingale Quartet

Rued Langgaard : String Quartet No 6, BVN160
Edward Gregson : String Quartet No 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet in D minor, D810 ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’

27 Aug

 Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 3pm 
Lucerne Festival

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Frédérique Cambreling

In 1905 Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály went on the road together in order to systematically research the folk music of southeastern Europe. They made their way to secluded regions and had old peasant women sing them songs their grandmothers had sung and asked goatherds to play the flute and village musicians to play the fiddle. This archaic, unadulterated peasant music, which they heard and recorded in the process, served both composers as a way to renew the musical language and development of a specific identity: “from musical forces that have sprung up from the earth,” as Bartók put it.
The Special Event Day Museum Concerts will explore Bartók’s and Kodály’s revolution – and pose the question of what their contemporaries and the ensuing generation made of it. The Romanian George Enescu and the Frenchman Maurice Ravel, for instance, took up their innovations, while Sándor Veress (who was also the teacher of Heinz Holliger), György Ligeti, and György Kurtág initially carried them forward but ultimately freed themselves from the overwhelming influence of their early models. A wide variety of ensembles from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – from duo and string quartet to wind quintet, brass ensemble, and string orchestra – will present this musical excursion across the Balkans. The centerpiece is a longer concert featuring this summer’s two “artistes étoiles”: the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the cellist Jay Campbell, who will be joined on their program by the Russian pianist Polina Leschenko. Whoever is interested in knowing whether all of this is still of relevance for the young generation of composers can find answers at the opening Composer Seminar workshop concert.

Béla Bartók : Selected Duos for two violins
Heinz Holliger : Partita for harp
Sandor Veress : Diptychon for wind quintet

28 Aug

 Monday, August 28, 2017 at 9pm 
Donald Shaw New Work
Edinburgh International Festival

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Clark Rundell Conductor

Karen Matheson Vocalist

Glittering pyrotechnics illuminating Edinburgh’s iconic Castle. The thrilling emotions of glorious classics, loved by millions.

Soak up the magical party atmosphere in Princes Street Gardens with family and friends – enjoy a picnic, and toast the electrifying conclusion to the International Festival 2017.

Renowned Scottish folk singer Karen Matheson, vocalist of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for traditional Scottish tunes and the world premiere of a new work composed for Karen by Capercaillie founder Donald Shaw. The evening continues with an epic 40 minute fireworks display specially choreographed to beloved classics – including delectable dance music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

Get Edinburgh’s most thrilling view for this special evening of sparkling celebration.

Over 100,000 fireworks launched from the castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world. Around a quarter of a million people gather across the city and beyond to share in this annual International Festival finale each year.

Malcolm Arnold : Scottish Dances
Donald Shaw : New Work
James MacMillan : Stomp
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Selection
Peter Maxwell Davies : An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

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6 Sep

 Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 5pm–until 14th Oct 
Jana Winderen: Rats - Secret Soundscapes of the City
Ultima Festival

Jana Winderen: Rats - Secret Soundscapes of the City (WP)
Munchmuseet on the Move, Bjørvika
Opens 6 September – 5 pm (open until 14 October)
Free entry

Parallel to the world of people is another bustling society – a world of rats.

Parallel to the world of people is another bustling society – a world of rats. Some of their communication with each other cannot be registered by human ears, as it is located in an ultrasound frequency range – over 20.000 Hz.

A stone’s throw from the white-marbled Opera house, and based on the hypothesis that rats serenade one another with love songs, Jana Winderen will record the ultrasonic landscape of Bjørvika and slow the sound down to human hearing levels. Based on her fieldwork and findings, she will create a new multichannel composition for Munchmuseet on the Move 2017 with spatial audio software by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey). The new, multi-channel sound piece will be installed at the mouth of Akerselva, where the river meets the sea in this rapidly developing district of Oslo. It opens Wednesday 6 September 2017 as part of the Ultima Festival.

Oslo-based artist Jana Winderen creates immersive multi-channel installations and concerts, which she has performed all over the world. She was educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and has a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. Previous projects include an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City (2014), and MoMA New York (2013). She was awarded the Golden Nica for Digital Music & Sound Art at Ars Electronica in 2011.

Jana Winderen’s project is a collaboration between Munchmuseet on the Move and nyMusikk, curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell and Anne Hilde Neset. It will also include the seminar Sounds of the City, on 22 September at the Munch Museum.

Jana Winderen : Rats - Secret Soundscapes of the City

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9 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 09, 2017 at 14.00 
Bantock, Bowen & Musgrave
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Philharmonic

A celebration of British musical talent, today's concert includes music by three of UK's finest composers: Bantock, Bowen and Musgrave.

The metaphorical curtain rises on this afternoon’s concert with an opener from Bantock – the comedy overture to The Frogs.

Former BBC New Generation Artist, Lawrence Power, is today’s soloist – taking centre stage for Bowen’s imaginative Viola Concerto – before the programme closes with Musgrave’s orchestral autumn-to-summer cycle, The Seasons.

Granville Bantock : Overture 'The Frogs'
Edwin York Bowen : Viola Concerto
Thea Musgrave : The Seasons

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14 Sep

United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7.30pm 
LSO 2017–18 Opening Concert Live Relay
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin

Sir Simon Rattle's first concert as LSO Music Director, beamed live to our outdoor cinema screen.

Helen Grime : Fanfares
Thomas Ades : Asyla
Harrison Birtwistle : Violin Concerto
Oliver Knussen : Symphony No 3
Edward Elgar : Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma

15 Sep

 Friday, September 15, 2017 at 19.45pm 
Rolf Riehm at Lammermuir
Lammermuir Festival
Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings, Poldrate, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA.
0131 473 2000


The young Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman joins the BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov in the greatest of all violin concertos. Brahms’s 3rd Symphony wonderfully combines drama with some of the most warmly songful music he ever wrote and Volkov’s close and intense relationship with this orchestra guarantees a memorable performance.

He begins with an intriguing nod to musical history in German composer Rolf Riehm’s quirkily colourful take on mediaeval French songs.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major
Rolf Riehm : He, très doulz roussignol joly
Johannes Brahms : Symphony No 3 in F major

16 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 13.55 
Knussen, Elgar, Payne, Finzi & Britten
BBC Philharmonic Studio
MediaCityUK, Broadway, Salford, M50 2HQ
United Kingdom

BBC Philharmonic

Andrew Gourlay raises his baton to open today’s programme with Knussen's delightful
The Way to Castle Yonder.
Taken from fantasy opera, Higglety Pigglety Pop – a collaboration between Knussen and American author Maurice Sendak – this piece brings vividly coloured illustrations from page to note. Of his opera, Knusson said ‘Higglety is an evocation of the music I wanted to write [as a child] but didn’t know how’.
Continuing the thread of youth, the orchestra advance with Nursey Suite, a piece which Elgar, in his later years, ‘worked up’ from his youthful and unpublished compositions.
The afternoon continues with Payne’s Half-heard in the Stillness, a ten-minute orchestral tone-poem. Payne describes himself as ‘a passionate Elgarian’ and uses Elgar’s Memorial Chimes - written for the Loughborough Carillon - as his starting point.
The gestation of today’s penultimate piece, Finzi’s Farewell to Arms, took place over many years and reflects his enthusiasm for seventeenth-century poets – brought to life today by Tenor, Robin Tritschler.
Closing the programme is Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, a powerful orchestral work inspired by the texts from the Requiem Mass and dedicated to the memory of Britten’s parents. With this dedication in mind, the final movement, ‘Requiem aeternam’ – meaning ‘eternal rest grant to them’ is particularly poignant.
This concert is a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3.

Oliver Knussen : The Way to Castle Yonder
Edward Elgar : Nursery Suite
Anthony Payne : Half-heard in the stillness
Gerald Finzi : Farewell to Arms

16 Sep

United States
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs The Maid of Orleans
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera kicks off its 2017-2018 season, Trial By Fire: Joan of Arc and the Hundred Year War, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Maid of Orleans." This one-night-only concert opera performance will be at Jordan Hall September 16, 2017, at 7:30pm. In Maid of Orléans (1878), Tchaikovsky’s sixth opera, Joan falls for a British soldier who switches alliances to the French army, a more accurate story. Tchaikovsky remains true to Joan’s fiery martyrdom, and her legendary encounter with Charles VII, and creates a musical portrait of an intrepid girl leading the French army.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky : The Maid of Orleans

17 Sep 
18 Sep

United Kingdom
 Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7.30pm 
This is Rattle: Adès
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Guildhall Musicians

An evening of music by living composers, personally chosen by Thomas Adès to celebrate the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle at the LSO.

As Sir Simon Rattle begins his London tenure, he’s renewing his commitment to the music of living composers. In celebration, one of those composers – Thomas Adès – has chosen eight inspirational works by some of the most distinctive voices of our time.

It’s a wonderfully diverse evening too – a real ‘state of the art’ survey of classical music in the 21st century, from the concentrated poetry of Kurtág and Birtwistle to the communicative energy of Osvaldo Golijov and the late Nicholas Maw. Up close in Milton Court, the young players of the Guildhall School are the ideal team to celebrate a new chapter in British music.

Per Nørgård : Hut Ab!
Nicholas Maw : The Head of Orpheus
Judith Weir : The Alps
Harrison Birtwistle : Célan settings
Niccolò Castiglioni : Vallis Clausa
Gyorgy Kurtág : Eletut
Osvaldo Golijov : Sarajevo
John Woolrich : A Farewell
, Madness : Cardiac Arrest (arr Adès)

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