Classical Concerts in London UK
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22 April 2014
 
7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)844 847 9910

£10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38, 45, 58
Steven Isserlis performs Elgar

Steven Isserlis, cello
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1, 'Classical'
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

The great cellist Steven Isserlis performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with Kirill Karabits at the helm. Elgar wrote the piece – his last major work – in the wake of the First World War. The Concerto is suffused with desolate beauty, and the human quality of the cello makes it the perfect mouthpiece for such profoundly moving music. Framing the Concerto are works by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov. Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony is a witty tribute to the music of Haydn and his contemporaries, while Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a glittering and irresistible score.
 
6 May 2014
 
1.15pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
Katherine Ives
Web site
+44 (0)20 8348 8716

free
Billroth Quartet with Stephen Hose, piano

Thomas Leate, violin
Christian Halstead, violin
Simon Ballard, viola
James Greenfield, cello
Stephen Hose, piano

Antonin Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op 81

Quartet in Residence

 
14 May 2014
 
7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)844 847 9910

£10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38, 45, 58
Charles Dutoit conducts French Masterpieces

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Disley, organ
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Berlioz: Les nuits d’été
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3, 'Organ'

Praised by The New York Times for her ‘creamy singing’, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham performs Les nuits d’été by Berlioz: exquisite orchestral songs which make perfect listening for a summer evening. The programme opens with Ravel’s witty Valses nobles et sentimentales, which began life as a piano suite before being transformed by Ravel's unique palette of orchestral colours. Saint-Saëns' ‘Organ’ Symphony is perhaps his most majestic achievement, with an expansive structure, virtuosic display and the grand sound of the organ adding richness to the timbre.
 
20 May 2014
 
7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)844 847 9910

£10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38, 45, 58
Stephen Hough performs Saint-Saëns

Stephen Hough, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Chabrier: España
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 5, 'Egyptian'
Debussy: Images for orchestra
Ravel: La valse

Stephen Hough is one of the most dynamic and versatile pianists of his generation, and brings his astute insight and finesse to Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.5. The ‘Egyptian’ Concerto is so called because it was written while Saint-Saëns was staying in Egypt, which he conjures up with exotic, captivating music. We are also transported to warmer climes in Chabrier’s España and Debussy’s Ibéria, the central piece in his magical orchestral Images, which is followed by Ravel’s La valse, an opulent, intoxicating dance. There is no better interpreter of this repertoire than Charles Dutoit, whose deft conducting is sure to make these performances unforgettable.
 
11 June 2014
 
7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)844 847 9910

£10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38, 45 and 58
John Williams performs Concierto de Aranjuez

Alexander Shelley, conductor
John Williams, guitar
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elgar: In the South
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Goss: Guitar Concerto
Gershwin: An American in Paris

The most celebrated classical guitarist in the world, John Williams, performs what is surely the most popular guitar concerto in the world: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Inspired by the composer’s honeymoon, the Concerto conjures up the palatial gardens at Aranjuez, and, as Rodrigo recalled: ‘the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains’. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gave the first performance of the new Guitar Concerto by Stephen Goss, a work championed by John Williams. As well as our trip to Spain with Rodrigo, we visit Italy, in Elgar’s sunny In the South, and Paris, in Gershwin’s delightful and humorous work, An American in Paris.
 
7 November 2014
 
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

Details:
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Mark Bebbington at St John's Smith Square

Mark Bebbington, piano

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McCabe: Tenebrae

 


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