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 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 21.15 
AAA: The Human Body - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Tickets: €10-40
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Xian Zhang (dirigent)
Martin Fröst (klarinet)

Krzysztof Penderecki : Prelude in Bes
Witold Lutoslawski : Danspreludes
Detlev Glanert : Frenesia
Anders Hillborg : Peacock Tales
Béla Bartók : Danssuite, Sz. 77

23 Jan

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:00pm - 10:30pm 
Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"
The Great Hall, King's College London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free!
Luke Berryman

Triadic Memories is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other works of the composer's final years, it's closely related to the aesthetics of Mark Rothko's paintings, and is characterised by stasis and extremely quiet dynamics. The unusual title refers partly to Feldman's attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward an experience lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to describe the piece as 'the largest butterfly in captivity'.

Triadic Memories has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the programme also features Karlheinz Stockhausen's evergreen Klavierstück IX.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Klavierstück IX
Morton Feldman : Triadic Memories

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25 Jan

United Kingdom
 Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Janina Fialkowska performs Chopin
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Fabien Gabel
Piano - Janina Fialkowska
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms composed his Tragic Overture while on holiday in 1880, writing that 'I could not refuse my melancholy nature the satisfaction of composing an overture for a tragedy'. Whether or not Brahms had a particular tragedy in mind remains a mystery, but the Overture encompasses imposing, turbulent ideas, poignant lyricism and memorable rhythms. Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 boasts one of his best-loved movements, the irresistibly romantic Larghetto, framed by an animated, intricate opening movement and a lively finale in the style of Polish folk-music. Beethoven’s expansive ‘Pastoral’ Symphony is a magnificent mixture of charm and innovation, brimming with evocative melodies which create a vivid impression of the countryside in all its majesty.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Johannes Brahms : Tragic Overture
Frederyk Chopin : Piano Concerto No.2
Ludwig Beethoven : Symphony No.6, 'Pastoral'

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28 Jan

United States
 Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:30PM 
Organist Gail Archer Performs
St. Paul's Chapel
117th Street and Amsterdam Ave
United States

Tickets: Free
Organist Gail Archer

“…Dr. Archer’s approach is always first at the service of the music.” – Diapason Mag

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who specializing in drawing attention to composer anniversaries with her annual recital series in New York City: Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008. Her recordings include Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at NYC’s historic Central Synagogue.

Judith Bingham : The Everlasting Crown

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1 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 01, 2013 at 20:00 
Coull String Quartet - Benslow Music International Recital Series
Benslow Music Trust
Peter Morrison Hall, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446

Tickets: £10 (free entry for all 8 - 25yr olds)
The Coull String Quartet:
Roger Coull violin
Philip Gallaway violin
Rose Redgrave viola
Nicholas Roberts cello

Joseph Haydn : String Quartet in G Op 77 No 1
Dmitri Shostakovich : String Quartet in F minor Op 122 No 11
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : String Quartet in E Flat minor Op 30 No 3

1 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 01, 2013 at 8.30pm 
Bach Unwrapped: Bach, Reich and Stravinsky
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
United Kingdom
020 7520 1440

Tickets: £9.50-29.50
Timothy Gill cello
Michael Cox flute

JS Bach’s work is so powerful – and has been so influential - perhaps because of his ability to write music that provokes a profound emotional response at the same time as being highly intellectually satisfying.

While Steve Reich’s series of solo instrument counterpoints are no direct homage to Bach, they are a contemporary expression of some of those compositional techniques that Bach so brilliantly mastered and used to powerful effect, as shown in his solo instrumental sonatas which are performed alongside. Reich’s soloist performs pulsed and fragmented musical phrases that are echoed, interlocked and sustained by a pre-recorded tape line. The listener is left picking out new melodic patterns that emerge from the resulting mutil-layered, hugely satisfying canonic textures.

Openly inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Igor Stravinsky’s own reinvention of the baroque concerto was written for performance in the magnificent music room of Dumbarton Oaks, a house outside Washington DC. The music’s figurations, sonorities and counterpoints all echo Bach, but without any plagiarism. Stravinsky’s arrangement of four preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier (the last thing the composer worked on) is another kind of homage – a re-orchestration of Bach’s music using the colour palette of modern instruments

J.S. Bach : Sonata for Viola da Gamba + Keyboard No 1 in G major, BWV 1027
Steve Reich : Cello Counterpoint
J.S. Bach : Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034
Steve Reich : Vermont Counterpoint
J.S. Bach : (arr. Igor Stravinsky) Four Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Igor Stravinsky : Concerto in E flat major, 'Dumbarton Oaks'

1 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 01, 2013 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £10.00 - £34.00
BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds conductor/violin
Håkan Hardenberger conductor/trumpet

Preview 6.30pm: John Storgårds and Håkan Hardenberger discuss this unique concert in which each will conduct and perform as soloists.

The BBC Philharmonic launch their celebration of the big three ballets of Stravinsky with Petrushka, the Russian composer’s colourful tale of love and death at a fairground. Closer to home, prepare to be amazed as Håkan Hardenberger, probably the world’s greatest trumpeter, joins conductor John Storgårds in a showpiece written specially for him, then swaps places to conduct while Storgårds plays a concerto written to display his own incredible violin playing. Hearing is believing.

Students get discounted tickets for this concert with the Sonic Card.

Igor Stravinsky : Symphony of Wind Instruments
Kimmo Hakola : Violin Concerto
Tobias Broström : Lucernaris Trumpet Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Petrushka (1911 version)

2 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 02, 2013 at Various Times 
Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: Day Pass £35 - 48

Takemitsu was a pivotal figure in opening up an authentic creative dialogue between Western and Japanese music. When he retreated to his mountain villa to write November Steps, significantly, he took Debussy’s Jeux with him. The result was a haunting, twilit masterpiece which employs the shakahuchii and biwa, to be performed here beside works of Takemitsu’s contemporaries (Akira Miyoshi, Toshio Hosokawa) and of the next generation, including Dai Fujikura, who trained almost entirely in the UK and only discovered his native traditional instruments in Europe. His high-octane orchestral writing is both streetwise, humorous and sophisticated, while French-based Misato Mochizuki has devised her Musubi (Knot) from a traditional celebratory dance, but has also utilised techno dance music and gagaku in her work . Film has been an important medium for these composers, and Takemitsu’s film scores are explored in our first event. Don’t miss, too, the rare opportunity to hear a unique Fusion Project, in which traditional Japanese instrumentalists play alongside members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

More information:

various composers : Takemitsu, Dai Fujikura etc.

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4 Feb

United Kingdom
 Monday, February 04, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Sea Pictures with the BBC Singers
St. Paul's, Knightsbridge
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge 32a Wilton Place London SW1X 8SH
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
BBC Singers
Paul Brough conductor

The BBC Singers conjure up a series of musical seascapes at St Paul's Knightsbridge. Maritime subjects - real and imaginary, triumphant and tragic - have always been a source of fascination for poets and composers, and in this concert the BBC Singers present a programme of sea-themed works from Coleridge-Taylor, Bantock, Richard Rodney Bennett and two Renaissance masters. The tragic Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae by Finnish composer Mantyjarvi was composed after the sinking of the MS Estonia and the loss of over 800 lives at sea in 1994, while Steve Martland's new Sea Songs (here receiving its English premiere) references a range of sea songs and texts.

Admission by free ticket only.

E J MOERAN : The Sailor and Young Nancy
Robert Coleridge : Sea Drift
Orlando Lassus : De profundis clamavi
Richard Rodney Bennett : Sea Change
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina : De profundis clamavi
Jaakko Mantyjarvi : Canticum Calamitatis Maritiamae
Granville Bantock : The Seal-Woman's Croon
Steve Martland : Sea Songs

5 Feb

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 19:30 
Mark-Anthony Turnage Residency
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27 £36
Daniel Harding conductor
Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
London Symphony Orchestra

The first of three concerts celebrating one of the most admired composers of a generation: Mark Anthony Turnage. 'From the Wreckage' (‘outstanding: the music begins hellishly but gradually picks up a bluesy swing… I was mesmerised.’ The Times) was premiered in 2005; original soloist Håkan Hardenberger returns to reprise the role. Tapiola brings Finnish forest God Tapio to shimmering life while Beethoven’s 'Eroica' dwells in the human realm of roaring victories and crushing defeats.

Jean Sibelius : Tapiola
Mark-Anthony Turnage : Trumpet Concerto ('From the Wreckage')
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 3 ('Eroica')

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7 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Mark-Anthony Turnage Residency
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27 £36
Daniel Harding conductor
Lars Vogt piano
London Symphony Orchestra

Mark Anthony Turnage’s Speranza (‘Hope’) is a monument to the power of optimism in a bleak world – ‘I started working on the piece while thinking about the absence of hope. I wanted to lift people up.’ Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto offers the composer’s trademark thundering drama juxtaposed with sweet grace. While Tapiola spoke of forest Gods, the rippling Oceanides breathes life into the female water spirits of Greek mythology.

Jean Sibelius : Oceanides
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No 3
Mark-Anthony Turnage : New work (world premiere, LSO commission)

7 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Farhad Badalbeyli performs Prokofiev
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Dmitry Yablonsky
Piano - Farhad Badalbeyli
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Written in just three days, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture is a dazzling tour de force, demanding breathtaking agility from the whole orchestra. Also written in haste, the Karelia Suite by Sibelius is one of his most popular works, its shimmering textures and bold melodies celebrating the composer’s native Finland. Prokofiev’s dynamic and colourful First Piano Concerto was written when he was a student; Prokofiev premiered the Concerto himself, considering it to be his first mature work. This programme culminates in the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by Ravel, each movement vividly conjuring up a different scene.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Dmitri Shostakovich : Festive Overture
Jean Sibelius : Karelia Suite
Sergei Prokofiev : Piano Concerto No.1
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition

8 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 08, 2013 at 7pm 
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5-40

Cast includes
Lulu Marie Arnet
Countess Geschwitz Natascha Petrinsky
Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy Patricia Orr
Doctor Schön/Jack the Ripper Ashley Holland
Alwa Peter Hoare
Artist/Negro Mark le Brocq
Schigolch Richard Angas
Prince/Manservant/Marquis Alan Oke
Athlete / Acrobat Julian Close

Free Spirits is the first of our themed seasons. It brings together two of the greatest operas of the 20th century, Janáček’s The Cunning little Vixen and Berg’s Lulu. Both pieces pose profound questions about how much freedom we desire and how much we can tolerate and still remain a functioning society.
She is a vision of freedom too pure to be allowed to last.
Everyone is drawn to Lulu, intoxicated by her; those in her thrall are like moths to a flame. Her flame burns bright and fast but sooner or later it will be extinguished by the very things it once fed upon.
Berg’s second and final opera is a masterpiece – total theatre. Anyone wishing to see the greatest works in the repertoire must include Lulu in their list. Few composers invite their audiences unflinchingly to confront humanity’s darkest regions in the way that Berg does here. Lulu promises a shattering but rewarding experience for those who encounter it.

Welsh National Opera has an important association with this great composer’s work: WNO gave the first British performances of Lulu in the 1970s and won acclaim and awards for our 2005 production of Wozzeck. David Pountney is one of the world’s most influential opera directors. This production of Lulu is his first new production in his role as our Chief Executive and Artistic Director.

Supported by the WNO Partnership, the WNO Lulu Circle and The John S Cohen Foundation. Spring 2013 Season supported by a lead gift from the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Performances also on 16th and 23rd February.

Alban Berg : Lulu

9 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 09, 2013 at All day 
Huw Watkins Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom


Whether at work as composer, solo pianist or chamber musician, Huw Watkins is blessed with the unfailing ability to communicate and draw audiences close to the edge of their seats. His chamber compositions, many of them premièred at Wigmore Hall in recent years, have earned critical acclaim and entered the repertoire.

More information on the four concerts available here:

Huw Watkins : Various

10 Feb 

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