21th - 27th Aug London classical music
Not a very big week in the Proms but still some interesting concerts. On the opera side you cannot miss Samson and Delilah at Arcola.
Mon 21th Aug
- 13:00 Cadogan Hall: PCM 6: Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau. Songs by Duparc, Guridi, Ravel, Hahn, Poulenc… VERY FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE Nice French songs repertoire.
- 13:00 St Martin in the Fields: Lunchtime recital: Jooyoung Kim plays Haydn, Rachmaninov and Liszt piano works FREE Interesting piano repertoire here
- 13:10 St James’s Picadilly: Lunchtime recital: Alexander Panfilov plays Bach, Mozart and Chopin piano works FREE More piano works worth listening
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall: Prom 50: CBSO conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla play Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE Beethoven 5th? That just should be a go. Paired with the no so frequent Stravinsky Violin Concerto should make this a clear go.
Tue 22th Aug
- 13:00 St Martin in the Fields Lunchtime recital: Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey play two guitars works/arrangements by Rameau, Petit, Ravel, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Jolivet FREE Guitar duo is not a very common set, so could be interesting
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall: Prom 51: Sibelius, Saint-Saëns and Elgar–Payne by Perianes & BBCSO conducted by Oramo TICKETS AVAILABLE Another symphonic poem by Sibelius, nice addtion to the next season all-symphonies we have in London. Also Perianes doing Saint-Saëns’ 2nd (instead of the usual 5th that was already done last week). After latest Perianes recording (Mendelssohn) he is one of the hottest pianist, so just that is worth. Never listened to Payne completion of Elgar’s 3rd… but could be the perfect companion of 1st and 2nd done earlier by Barenboim Skate Art Guy will be there
Wed 23th Aug
- 13:10 St James’s Picadilly: Lunchtime recital: Urška Horvat and Francesca Fierro play Berio, Beethoven and Brahms cello and piano works FREE Berio + big repertoire. Again, another interesting free concert
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall: Prom 52: Beyond the Score Dvořák’s New World Symphony ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE Dvořák’s 9th dramatized and performed by the Hallé. Meh.
Thu 24th Aug
- 13:05 St Alfege Church [Lunchtime recital:Christiana Campbell and Raquel Martinez play Grieg’s Violin Sonata No 3 and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No 1. with Tigran Grigoryan at the piano])https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/whats-on/music-events/christiana-campbell-violin-raquel-martinez-violin-and-tigran-grigoryan-piano) FREE Trinity Laban students. Interesting
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall Prom 54: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, and Riccardo Chailly VERY FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE Well, Brahms Violin Concerto by Kavakos could be interesting after Chailly strange recording of Brahms symphonies. But Fountains and Pines of Rome is a must. They will be back at Barbican next January. Skate Art Guy will be there
- 19:30 St Martin in the Fields: Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel by Candlelight by Belmont Ensemble of London TICKETS AVAILABLE Again, tourist thing.
Fri 25th Aug
- 13:10 St James’s Picadilly Lunchtime recital: Tanja Roos and Abigail Sin play Mozart, Reger and Ravel violin and piano sonatas FREE Just for the Ravel this should be a must.
- 13:00 St Martin in the Fields Lunchtime recital: Yi Lin Jiang plays Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 32 FREE Sounds good.
- 19:30 St Martin in the Fields Bach, Handel and Mozart by Candlelight by London Octave TICKETS AVAILABLE Groundhog day.
Sat 26th Aug
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall Prom 56: The Bohemian Reformation. BBCSO conducted by Hrůša plays Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Suk works TICKETS AVAILABLE Popular (Má vlast) and not so popular Bohemian works. Very recommended. Skate Art Guy might be there
- 19:30 St Martin in the Fields Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by Festive Orchestra of London TICKETS AVAILABLE Groundhog day.
Sun 27th Aug
- 19:30 Royal Albert Hall Prom 58: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée play Bernstein’s On the Waterfront and Tchaikovsky’s 5th TICKETS AVAILABLE Not sure how good is the Cincinnati these years. At least the Bernstein is quite interesting and it’s a good prelude to the series later this year at Barbican
- 21, 22, 24, 25, 25 Samson and Delilah. THIS IS A MUST http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/samson-and-delilah-2017-08-19/
- 21, 22: Il letto http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/il-letto/
- 24, 25, 26 Fun at the festival (the Telephone (L’amour a Trois) by Gian Carlo Menotti and Sullivan’s Cox and Box) http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/fun-at-the-festival/
Tickets on sale
- I have just discovered a new opera/musical based on Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch is being premiered later on September at Union Chapel: https://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/2017-09-22-fever-pitch-the-opera-union-chapel
- Firebird Orchestra announced its first concert at St Paul’s Covent Garden: https://www.londonfirebird.com/event/la-vie-parisienne/
- Also discovered this week the music events at Temple Music, including the Sixteens, the Tallis Scholards and a Ian Bostridge recital starting at £5. Worth looking: https://www.templemusic.org/main-events/