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21 Jan

 Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Five Year Anniversary Concert
BBC Hoddinott Hall

Tickets: £15
Conductor | Grant Llewellyn
Soprano | Rosemary Joshua


BBC Hoddinott Hall celebrates its fifth birthday with timeless masterpieces by Handel, Mozart, Parry and the warmth, vitality and fiery rhythms of Dvořák's Eighth Symphony. Experience music by namesake Alun Hoddinott, including Dragonfire, a tour-de-force for BBC National Orchestra of Wales' percussion section.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Exultate Jubilate
Alun Hoddinott : Dragonfire
Charles Parry : I Was Glad
Alun Hoddinott : Magnificat
Alun Hoddinott : Nunc Dimittis
G F Handel : Zadok the Priest
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No. 8

22 Jan

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Ilan Volkov conducts Beethoven, Boulez and Grisey
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10-£32
Ilan Volkov conductor
Nicolas Hodges piano
BBC Singers

Beethoven’s powerful Seventh Symphony is prefaced by a trio of beguiling modern French works in the first of two concerts pairing Beethoven with recent French music. The BBC Singers have had great success with Boulez’s now-classic work cummings ist der Dichter, which sets the poetry of ee cummings for vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra. Conductor Ilan Volkov, known for his high-voltage performances and radical programmes, presents the UK premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s piano concerto with Nicolas Hodges as soloist. Dufourt’s own world of sonorities reflects that of one of France’s greatest 20th century composers, Gérard Grisey. In his monumental early work Mégalithes, 15 brass players scattered around the hall hurl sonic clusters of shimmering dissonance into the auditorium – a not-to-be-missed experience.

Gérard Grisey : Mégalithes
Hugues Dufourt : Piano Concerto
Pierre Boulez : cummings ist der Dichter
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 7 In A major

22 Jan

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - An Eastern Vigil
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 - £22
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Daniel Reuss conductor

Grammy award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, one of the most famous choirs in the world, collaborates with Gilad Atzmon, a writer and an award-winning jazz saxophonist and member of The Blockheads living in London.

They explore the mystical soundworlds of Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Vasyl Barvinski, Nikolai Kedrov and Rachmaninov combined with Atzmon’s swirling improvisations.

Arvo Pärt : Two slavonic psalms
Alfred Schnittke : Three sacred hymns
Arvo Pärt : Magnificat
Arvo Pärt : Nunc Dimittis
Cyrillus Kreek : Psalm 22
Cyrillus Kreek : Psalm 104
Vasyl Barvinskyi : Oh, What a Wonder!
Nikolai Kedrov : Otsche Nash
Sergei Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’)

23 Jan

United Kingdom
 Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Jack Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15-£30
JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet’s concerts prove time and again that we belong to a golden age of chamber music composition, one in which creative diversity and difference are encouraged and celebrated.
This programme, devised by Wigmore Hall’s Composer in Residence Julian Anderson, opens with a seminal work composed in 1931 by Ohio-born Ruth Crawford Seeger, the first woman to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, and closes with Horaţiu Rădulescu’s evocatively titled Fifth String Quartet of 1995.
Brian Ferneyhough’s wild Exordium, written in honour of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday in 2008, stands in bold contrast to Julian Anderson’s ‘Light Music’ and the world première of a new score by Christopher Trapani, winner of the 2007 Gaudeamus Prize.

Ruth Crawford Seeger : String Quartet
Christopher Trapani : New work
Brian Ferneyhough : Exordium
Julian Anderson : String Quartet No. 1 ‘Light Music’
Horaţiu Rădulescu : String Quartet No. 5 ‘before the universe was born’

23 Jan

 Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Meditations on the Sea
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Tickets: £10-£30
Garry Walker: conductor; Maximiliano Martín: clarinet

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

To Scots, living on so many islands and dependent on it for so much, the sea is a constant presence to be loved and admired, but also feared and respected. This complicated relationship with the sea is reflected here in pieces by two of the most important and widely performed living composers.

MacMillan’s Tuireadh laments the dead of the Piper Alpha disaster in great tidal movements of sound and grief. South African composer Volan’s Symphony offers a beautiful and oblique reflection “on the sea and the role of ships and their cargoes in our history”.

Jean Sibelius : Pelléas et Mélisande
Kevin Volans : Symphony: Daar Kom die Alibama
James MacMillan : Tuireadh
Zoltán Kodály : Dances of Galanta

24 Jan

United Kingdom
 Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Max Richter: Memoryhouse
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £17.50 - 25
Performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Max Richter, conducted by André de Ridder

Contemporary composer Max Richter premieres his 2002 debut album Memoryhouse with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder.

An homage to Europe and the haunting power of memories, Memoryhouse is the stunning album that announced Max Richter as a major talent. With echoes of his earlier collaborations with Roni Size and electronic duo FSOL, influences of post-rock acts such as Sigur Rós and classical forebears like Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass, this work shows the unique mix of contemporary classical and electronics that would become the signature language in Richter’s musical universe.

Max Richter : Memoryhouse

25 Jan

 Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9pm 
Harpist Gwyneth Wentink: new music for 'The human body'
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Tickets: €10-36
Gwyneth Wentink (harp)
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (klarinet)
Wouter Snoei (elektronica)
Arnout Hulskamp (visuals)
Mark Bain (geluidskunstenaar)

Michiel Mensingh : Style Wars IV 'Postmodernism Strikes Back'
Arvo Pärt : Spiegel im Spiegel
Wouter Snoei : Trio
Matthew Shlomowitz : Letter Piece 5: Northern Cities
. Cymatical : Piece for Heart & Vibrations
Simeon ten Holt : selectie (uit 'Canto ostinato')

26 Jan 
27 Jan 
28 Jan

 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Contemporary with Thomas Søndergård
BBC Hoddinott Hall

Tickets: £8 - 10

Conductor Thomas Søndergård

Come and experience music by two leading Danish composers. The different levels of mood and emotion created by Poul Ruders have established him as one of the world’s leading composers. Kafkapriccio includes score from his opera, based on Kafka’s The Trial. In contrast, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s compelling, ritualistic command of sound creates music that nags at the imagination long after the performance has ended.

Poul Ruders : KafKapriccio
Pelle Gudmundsun-Holmgreen : Symphony Antiphony

29 Jan 
30 Jan 
31 Jan

United Kingdom
 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12.30 pm 
Saxology Sax Quartet
Chelmsford Cathedral
53 New St, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1TY
United Kingdom
01245 294492

Tickets: free
Saxology Saxophone Quartet

Contemporary ensemble of some 25 years standing offer a programme of arranged and original music.

Jeffery Wilson : Threnody
Jeffery Wilson : Circus Acts

31 Jan

 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 505 81 90

Tickets: €5-48

Igor Stravinsky : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Sergei Rachmaninov : Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 d-Moll, op. 30
Arvo Pärt : Silhouette. Hommage à Gustave Eiffel
Arvo Pärt : Symphonie Nr. 4, „Los Angeles“

31 Jan

 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8.30pm 
Sebastian Rivas. Aliados (Alliés)
Théâtre de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Place Georges Pompidou - CS 80317 78054 Saint Quentin en Yvelines Cedex
01 30 96 99 30

Music Sebastian Rivas, commissioned by the French governement | Libretto Esteban Buch | Director Antoine Gindt | Live Production Philippe Béziat | Conductor Léo Warynski
Artistic Collaboration and Assistant Director Élodie Brémaud | Stage Design Élise Capdenat | Lighting Daniel Lévy | Costumes Fanny Brouste | IRCAM Computer Music Design Robin Meier
Nora Petrocenko Lady Margaret Thatcher
Lionel Peintre Général Augusto Pinochet
Mélanie Boisvert The nurse
Thill Mantero The aide-de-camp
Richard Dubelski The conscript
Ensemble Multilatérale
Antoine Maisonhaute violin
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe electric guitar
Benoît Savin bass clarinet
Mathieu Adam trombone
Lise Baudouin piano
Hélène Colombotti percussion

"We're also very much aware that it’s you who brought democracy to Chile" said Lady Thatcher when she invited the senator Augusto Pinochet to tea in London in 1999, sparing not the slightest compliment for the man who would soon have to stand trial for his crimes. Following the example of Nixon in China by John Adams, the opera Aliados inspired by political history, in this case by the Falklands War in 1982 and the improbable alliance of the Iron Lady, champion of liberalism, with the Chilian general during the Cold War.

The failing memories of the two aged leaders retired from roles of power, revealing archives, and collective history are at the heart of this project by Sebastian Rivas and Esteban Buch, two Argentineans looking back at a decisive event for their generation and their identity. On the theater stage, designed by Antoine Gindt to look like the set of a television program, reality strikes through visual manipulation and stylized singing. An opera in real-time in every sense of the word; historical time and computer time.

Sebastian Rivas : Aliados

31 Jan

United Kingdom
 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7pm 
Peter Grimes
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Peter Grimes Stuart Skelton
Ellen Orford Elza van den Heever
Balstrode Iain Paterson
Auntie Rebecca de Pont Davies
Swallow Matthew Best
Ned Keene Leigh Melrose
Bob Boles Michael Colvin
Mrs Sedley Felicity Palmer
Hobson Matthew Trevino
Reverend Horace Adams Tim Robinson
First Niece Rhian Lois
Second Niece Mary Bevan Conductor Edward Gardner
Director David Alden
Set Designer Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Choreographer Maxine Braham


The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes's apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him, and when his new apprentice accidentally falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown.

The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods.

This is the first revival of David Alden's 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.

Co-produced by ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Further performances: 1st, 6th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 23rd, 27th February

Benjamin Britten : Peter Grimes

1 Feb

 Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 14:15 
Reinbert de Leeuw celebrates birthday with two world premieres
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Reinbert de Leeuw - dirigent

Igor Stravinsky : Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum
Willem Boogman : Raving
Reinbert de Leeuw : Der nächtliche Wanderer

2 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Peter Maxwell Davies Six Sorano Variants (UK première)
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10-18
Ziyu Shen
Anthony Hewitt

15-year-old Ziyu Shen won the 11th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival and Competition 2013, held on the Isle of Man, setting a new record of the youngest winner. She also gave the world première of the Six Sorano Variants by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the commissioned work for the competition.

Ernest Bloch : Rhapsodie from Suite hébraïque
Peter Maxwell Davies : Six Sorano Variants
Johannes Brahms : Viola Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1
. Guan : Song of the Prairie
Maurice Ravel : Pavane pour une infante défunte (arr. for viola and piano by Vadim Borisovsky)

2 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies world premiere
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £20 £28 £37
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Maxim Vengerov violin
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO and London Symphony Chorus premiere the Tenth Symphony from iconic British composer (and Master of the Queen’s Music) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and legendary violinist Maxim Vengerov plays Britten’s supremely imaginative Violin Concerto.

Change of programme
At the request of the soloist, the concerto being performed will now be the Britten Violin Concerto, rather than the Elgar Violin Concerto that was originally scheduled when listings were first published in January 2012.

Edward Elgar : In The South
Benjamin Britten : Violin Concerto
Peter Maxwell Davies : Symphony No 10

3 Feb 
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6 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 8pm 
Juice Vocal Ensemble
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5 Adv / £6 Door

“…close-harmonies that melt the heart…” (Richard Morrison, The Times)

We’re back for more of our residency at East London’s Shacklewell Arms on 6th February, getting into the Valentine spirit and celebrating the launch of Juice Vocal Ensemble’s single “Heal You” with music by Anna Meredith and lyrics by Philip Ridley. “Heal You” is one of a collection of ten love songs as part of juice’s upcoming album, Laid Bare, which will be released in April.

Juice (‘The 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’ The Times) are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.

Juice‘s debut album ‘Songspin’ (Nonclassical, 2011) won an international Independent Music Award for Best Contemporary Classical Album in 2012. Featuring remixes by the likes of Camille producer MaJiker and Bjork collaborator Mikhail Karikis, it was reviewed by The Observer as “Eighteen immaculately achieved tracks, spanning Elisabeth Lutyens to Gabriel Prokofiev via folk song and avant garde, enchant and enthrall”.

For the single release launch party, there will also be support and Nonclassical resident DJs spinning the best in contemporary classical, avant-garde electronica and new music.

Contemporary Composers : Various

6 Feb

 Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 20:15 
Yefim Bronfman & RCO in new piano concerto by Magnus Lindberg
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Mariss Jansons (dirigent)
Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Jean Sibelius : De zwaan van Tuonela
Magnus Lindberg : Tweede pianoconcert
Igor Stravinsky : Jeu de cartes, ballet en trois donnes
Johann Strauss : Ouverture 'Die Fledermaus'

6 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 1:10pm 
Harry Cameron-Penny, clarinet & Alissa Firsova, piano
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £5-9
Harry Cameron-Penny, clarinet & Alissa Firsova, piano

Harry Cameron-Penny studied at The Royal College of Music, and regularly plays in a variety of UK orchestras. He has played to critical acclaim at The Purcell Room as a Park Lane Group Artist, and is a member of The Mercury Quartet, a contemporary chamber music group formed at the RCM to perform Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time. Harry has worked closely with Nigel Kennedy and his Quintet and is currently The Richard Carne Junior Fellow for Solo Performer at Trinity Laban.

Today he is joined by pianist Alissa Firsova, the daughter of distinguished Russian composers Elena Firsova and Dmitri Smirnov, for a programme that includes two of the favourite works in the clarinet recital repertoire by Brahms and Debussy, as well as Alban Berg’s poetic Four Pieces and a recent work by the talented young composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson.

Supported by The Laurance Turner Memorial Trust

Alban Berg : Vier Stücke
Mark Simpson : Echoes and Embers
Claude Debussy : Premiere Rhapsody
Johannes Brahms : Sonata in E flat major

7 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 07, 2014 at 10am-6pm 
Panufnik Young Composers
Jerwood Hall
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free

Get a glimpse into a composer’s creative process and watch from the audience as this year’s Panufnik Young Composers develop their music with the LSO, joined by conductor François-Xavier Roth and composition director Colin Matthews. Featuring works by Kim Ashton, Benjamin Graves, Jae-Moon Lee, Elizabeth Ogonek, James Moriarty, Aaron Parker and Richard Whalley.

Contemporary Composers : Various

7 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 07, 2014 at 7pm 
Studio Concert: Knussen conducts Henze
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Oliver Knussen conductor
Anssi Karttunen cello

Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen joins the BBC SO for Henze’s Love Songs (1984–5). His orchestral fantasy Los caprichos (1963) was inspired by Goya’s series of etchings of the same name. Henze’s vast and varied output for the stage has made him an established name in the genre. His dynamic and haunting Ouverture zu einem Theater was premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin just before Henze passed away in October 2012.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear & Now.

Hans Werne Henze : Ouverture zu einem Theater
Hans Werne Henze : Los caprichos – fantasia for orchestra
Hans Werne Henze : Liebeslieder

8 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Glendower Duo
New Mark Hall
Royal Masonic School
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12 / £6
Hannah Morgan, clarinet
Thomas Besnard, piano

The critically acclaimed Glendower Duo perform at the Hertfordshire Chamber Music Series, in leafy Rickmansworth. The series aims to bring world-class chamber music to the people of Hertfordshire.

LOCATION: Rickmansworth Park WD3 4HF.

Claude Debussy : Rhapsodie
Jean Francaix : Tema con variation
Chris Brammeld : Sonatina
Paul Patterson : Conversations
Camille Saint-Saëns : Sonata
Claude Debussy : Children's Corner
John Ireland : Fantasy-Sonata

9 Feb 
10 Feb 
11 Feb

 Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Hebrides Ensemble: The Lads in their Hundreds
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Tickets: £14
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 with a programme commemorating that era and its recurring themes of tragedy, loss, demoralisation, defiance and hope. Together, the pieces reflect the pre-war order and passion that turned to violent turmoil, and challenged our deepest human values.

Ned Rorem : War Scenes: ‘Night Battle’
Stuart MacRae : Parable
Igor Stravinsky : Three pieces for solo clarinet
Arthur Butterworth : Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Claude Debussy : Berceuse Heroique
Arnold Schonberg : Chamber Symphony No 1 Op 9 (arr. Webern)
Ned Rorem : War Scenes: ‘The real war will never get in the books’

12 Feb

United States
 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:15pm 
Euphoria Keeps Chico Hamilton's Legacy Alive at DROM 2/12
DROM, New York
, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village
United States
(212) 777-1157

Tickets: $15
Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (saxophones, flute + piccolo), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion), Mayu Saeki (flute) & Nick Demopolous (guitar)

The killer quintet EUPHORIA returns to DROM in a monthly concert series devoted to the work of NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton (1921-2013). Described as “one of the city’s most buoyant combos (Time Out New York),” EUPHORIA digs into the repertoire of Chico Hamilton, playing old and new arrangements that capture the best of Chico’s legacy.

Comprised of Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (saxophones, flute + piccolo), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion), Mayu Saeki (flute) & Nick Demopolous (guitar), EUPHORIA has built a chemistry under the direction of its veteran leader.

Chico Hamilton : The Inquiring Mind

12 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 13.00 hrs 
The Music of Jeffery Wilson
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex
United Kingdom

Tickets: free (donation £1 suggested)
Various students and friends of Jeffery Wilson

New music written by Jeffery and featuring works written for members of the community of 'local' musicians.

Jeffery Wilson : Blue Sonatine
Jeffery Wilson : Silver Sonatina
Jeffery Wilson : Music to hear (song)
Jeffery Wilson : Peace (song)
Jeffery Wilson : Thw Way to Glory (Opera extracts)
Jeffery Wilson : Various jazz titles

13 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7pm 
Illumination choir: Take him , earth, for cherishing
St Vedast-alias-Foster
4, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH
United Kingdom
020 7606 3998

Tickets: £10 at the door or £9 via Illumination website
Illumination chamber choir, conducted by Janette Ruocco

and work by Howells,Holst and Walton

Miriam Mackie : Hymn to God, in my sickness
Hilary Campbell : Plorans ploravit
Janette Ruocco : Psalm 23
Ed Rex : Do not stand at my grave and weep
Merinda D'Aprano : Sancta Maria

13 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Ryan Wigglesworth Violin Concerto world premiere
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £11-38
The Hallé
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor | Barnabas Kelemen violin

The Abraham Moss Memorial Concert.

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm:
Ryan Wigglesworth talks about his work as conductor, pianist and composer, and particularly his Violin Concerto, which is tonight receiving its first performance in complete form.

Ryan Wigglesworth makes his Hallé concert debut with the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Britten’s great opera Peter Grimes. In these evocative works, the North Sea is as important (and unfathomable) a character as Grimes himself. Further down the coast of Britain, Debussy had put the finishing touches on his great triptych of seascapes La Mer, musical canvases suggesting the sea at different times of the day and in varying weather conditions. In between these briny masterpieces is an exciting opportunity to hear the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s revised Violin Concerto, unveiled by Barnabas Kelemen. Berlioz’s Le Roi Lear Overture was inspired by Shakespeare’s great tale of betrayal, self-discovery and redemption and even features Lear’s paternal address to his daughters and his furious ravings on ‘the blasted heath’.

Benjamin Britten : Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia
Ryan Wigglesworth : Violin Concerto
Hector Berlioz : Overture: Le Roi Lear
Claude Debussy : La Mer (Three Symphonic Sketches)

14 Feb

 Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8pm 
Festival Présences 2014 "Paris Berlin" - Concert d'ouverture
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Peter Hirsch - GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

Wolfgang Rihm : Nähe Fern
Philippe Manoury : Zones de turbulences
Bernd Zimmermann : Die Soldaten

15 Feb

 Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8pm 
Pierre Boulez ...explosante-fixe...
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris


BIT20 Ensemble
IRCAM Computer Music Design Andrew Gerzso (1991-1993)
IRCAM Computer Music Production Carlo Laurenzi
IRCAM Sound Engineer Jérémie Henrot

Program Notes (excerpt)

A part of a supplement published in 1972 by the British journal Tempo in memoriam to Stravinsky, …explosante-fixe… is a “prolific” exploitation typical of Pierre Boulez’ art. From the initial publication, the composer created several successive versions that have since been forgotten. The current version of the work uses three sections— Originel, Transitoire VII, and Transitoire V—connected by two brief electronic music passages. Entirely automated with a score following program, the electro-acoustic part created at IRCAM by Andrew Gerzso, is used here not only for the transformation of certain solo flute performances, but also to spatialized the sound via a network of loud speakers. In keeping with the ancient tradition of tributes, …explosante-fixe… adopts the idea of the cannon, here it is not used in its traditional form but as a basic principle, as explained by the composer: “The idea was to confine several instruments to a single nucleus; instruments presented in different registers, each one circling it differently. The nucleus exploded in these different paths, but each musical range was perfectly fixed. I therefore baptized the work, literally: …explosante-fixe… (Pierre Boulez, text and its pre-text, interview with Peter Szendy, Genesis n° 4, 1993).

Alain Galliari

Pierre Boulez : ...explosante-fixe...

16 Feb 
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19 Feb

United States
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30pm 
Organist Gail Archer in Concert
Central Synagogue
123 E. 55th Street, NYC
United States
(212) 838-5122

Tickets: Free
organist Gail Archer

CD Release Concert

When: WED 2.19 @ 7:30pm
Where: Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Avenue, New York City, Train 4/5/6 to 59th Street / E/M to 53rd Street
Tickets: FREE. For more info, call 212.838.5122 or visit

Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer releases her seventh solo album with The Muse’s Voice: A Celebration of Women Composers performed on the Gabe M. Wiener Organ (Casavant, 2002) at New York City’s Central Synagogue. Featuring works by today’s leading female composers including Jennifer Higdon, Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux and Judith Bingham, The Muse’s Voice enthralls listeners with Archer’s ability to leap seamlessly from baroque to late romantic and modern eras.

Jennifer Higdon : Ceremonies Suite
Judith Bingham : The Everlasting Crown
Nadia Boulanger : Prelude, Petit Canon & Improvisation

20 Feb 

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