28th Aug - 3rd Sep: London classical music
This week we are reaching the end of the Proms and as we enter September some venues come back from holidays and start their autumn seasons. Two of the week highlight are however completely free: Musicke in the Ayre and Deco Ensemble.
Mon 28th Aug
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Lily Whitehurst (Violin) and Hayley Parkes (Piano) play Chausson’s Poème and Prokofiev Violin Sonata in D FREE Very interesting
- Cadogan Hall 13:00 PCM 7 Pavel Kolesnikov plays Chopin SOLD OUT Young piano rising star. Never heard his Chopin, probably good.
- Royal Albert Hall 19:00 Prom 59: Mozart - La clemenza di Tito with Croft, Coote and Stéphany with the OAE Robin Ticciati TICKETS AVAILABLE Coming directly from Glyndebourne in a semi-staged performance. Very good cast worth standing in the Arena. Warning: no surtitles Skate Art Guy might be there
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 19:30 Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by Candlelight by Trafalgar Sinfonia TICKETS AVAILABLE No comments.
Tue 29th Aug
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Max Welford (Clarinet) and Katherine Tinker (Piano) play Schumann’s Three Romances, Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata and Claude Messiaen Vocalise-Etüde FREE Yes, it’s Claude, no Olivier. Serious stuff here.
- St George’s Hanover Sq 13:10: Mayfair Organ Concerts Iris Rieg plays Dupre, Latry, Tournemire & Vierne FREE
- Royal Albert Hall 19:30: Prom 60: Leif Ove Andsnes with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko play Stravinsky’s Firebird, Rachmaninov’s 4th piano concert and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE Petrenko recorded Shostakovich’s 12 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and comes back to the Proms with another orchestra. His recording was interesting and brought some details usually hidden in this not-the-best Shostakovich Symphony. Would he has something new to say? Andsnes’ recordings of Rachmaninov concertos with Pappano and LSO were indeed very interesting not so traditional and quite aggressive. So I am really interesting on listening of he can offer this time with Petrenko. They have been playing this programme last week in Oslo so it should be properly rehearsed. Skate Art Guy might be there
Wed 30th Aug
- St James’s Picadilly 13:10 Deco Ensemble (tango quintet) play Piazzolla, Gallo and Greco works FREE A proper tango quintet playing Piazzolla music and other not so frequent tango composers. See the video below
- The Roof Gardens 18:30 Proms on the Roof with RCM musicians Again no info
- Royal Albert Hall 19:00: Prom 61: Renée Fleming with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Oramo works by Tarrodi, Barber (Knoxville), R. Strauss (Daphne scene) and Nielsen (2nd Symphony)TICKETS AVAILABLE No, Renée Fleming is not singing the Last four songs as she did in Suffolk with the LPO. Here she is singing Knoxville as part of her last recording with this very same orchestra promotion. The Strauss will be anecdotal too. But Nielsen’s 2nd is going to be cool. We got a nice performance of 5th by LSO by Thilson Thomas. Hopefully this one is going to be good too. Skate Art Guy will be there
Thu 31th Aug
- St Alfege Church 13:05: Laura Cioffi, flute and Leo Nicholson, piano play Poulenc Sonata and other works FREE More chamber music by Poulenc. I like this trend!
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 19:30 Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by London Musical Arts Orchestra Da da da!
- Royal Albert Hall 19:30: Prom 63: BBCSO with Gerstein and Bychkov play Taneyev, Rachmaninov’s 1st piano concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE The main concern with this concert I have is… when does the BBCSO find time to properly work on so many programmes with so many conductors? They should be really exhausted :(
Fri 1st Sep
- St John’s Waterloo 13:00: Samuel Taber Trombone recital FREE
- St James’s Picadilly 13:10: Mathilde Milwidsky, violin Somi Kim, piano play Grieg’s 3rd Violin Sonata and Ravel’s Tzigane ** FREE** Good stuff here.
- St John’s Waterlook 19:30: Southwark Youth Orchestra Summer Course Finale Concert. Works by Busoni, Arnold, Bernstein, Stravinsky and Beethoven FREE A party.
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 13:00: Lunchtime Concert: Chamber Orchestra Symphonia Alumnorum Latinae Pachelbel, Handel and Bach FREE Exactly the same than those candelight concerts in SMITF but free, so if you are up to those, better go to this one.
- Royal Albert Hall 18:30: Prom 64: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti play Rihm and Bruckner’s 9th TICKETS AVAILABLE Time has come to listen to what Gatti has brought to the RCO after his first year as chief conductor. And Bruckner’s 9th is perfect for this. I don’t understand why this concert is not sold out. I am afraid I’m going to miss it buuuut, there is more tomorrow :)
- National Portrait Gallery 18:30: Musicke in the Ayre: Lute and continuo songs by composers working in the Stuart court from Dowland to Purcell FREE Another highlight of the week. I have been told that previous recital in this NPG series has been cool (and packed, so arrive early). Again cannot make it because Friday evening there are so many cool things going on in London :( I will enjoy at least this video:
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 19:30: Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight Karl Lutchmayer Piano and Brandenburg Sinfonia TICKETS AVAILABLE at least this one mixes solo piano with solo orchestra. Strange at least
- 1901 Arts Club 20:00 Volt ensemble play movements from works by Halvorsen, Martinů, Barber, Brahms, Beethoven, Cassadó, Prokofiev and Piazzolla TICKETS AVAILABLE Not a fan of potpourri in classical music concerts but the works at least are interesting. Worth exploring this new to me venue.
Sat 2nd Sep
- Wilton’s Music Hall 15:00 and 19:30: Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King + Adams, Messiaen, Saunders and Handel by Marcus Farnsworth and Jennifer France SOLD OUT This looks cool. Really cool. A pity is sold out
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 18:00: Mozart Requiem by Candlelight Brandenburg Singers Brandenburg Sinfonia conducted by Edward Reeve TICKETS AVAILABLE Blah Blah Blah
- Royal Albert Hall 19:30: Prom 66: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti Haydn’s 82th and Mahler’s 4th TICKETS AVAILABLE This is the one. How Gatti risky approaches will mix with Concertgebouw tradition is such an idiomatic thing as Mahler’s 4th. We don’t know about the results, but at least is going to be interesting. Skate Art Guy will be there
- St Martin-in-the-Fields 21:00: Rachmaninov Vespers by Candlelight The Purcell Singers TICKETS AVAILABLE Oh, one candlelight concert that does not suck. If you missed the one at the Proms…
Sun 3rd Sep
- Sands Films studios 11:00: The Pavone Quartet Thames Festival Music Series: Vaughan-Williams and Frank Bridge works TICKETS AVAILABLE Totally unknown to me.
- Wigmore Hall: 11:00 Kohn Foundation International Song Competition day 1 TICKETS AVAILABLE Wigmore Hall is back! yiha! Not a bad plan for a Sunday
- Royal Albert Hall 13:00: Prom 67: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado play Mendelssohn’s’Hebrides, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No. 5 TICKETS AVAILABLE Exactly the same programme as album released last week. I’m listening to it right now. Fast, high dynamics, loud metals over the strings. Dunno if this is going to work live in the RAH.
- St John’s Smith Square 15:00 I Musicanti with Sophia Lisovskaya (piano) play Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet a premiere by Harwood, Schnittke’s Hymnus II and Glinka’s Sextet TICKETS AVAILABLE And St John’s Smith Square season is also back! This is a very nice programme
- Barbican Cinema 1 15:30: London Symphony film with Covent Garden Sinfonia playing live TICKETS AVAILABLE Music by James McWilliam for a silent film about London. Probably too much onanism.
- Royal Albert Hall 19:30: Prom 68: Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Gergiev: Prokofiev’s cantata for October Revolution, Tchaikovsky’s 3rd piano concerto and Shostakovich’s 5th VERY FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE Hah, London is not going to get rid of Mr. Gergiev so easily. Why do people in London love so much this guy? After the disaster he did with the LSO… he is still selling out his gigs. Well, at least Shostakovich’s 5th is a work that suits his “talents”. Go at your own discretion.
- The Old Selfridges Hotel 20:00 The Multi-Story Orchestra and London Adventist Chorale play Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms TICKETS AVAILABLE Better alternative for the Sunday night only £5.
- 29, 30, 31 Aug: Wilton’s Music Hall: The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief by Opera della Luna. J.Strauss II Operetta in a Music Hall place. Sounds interesting https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/346-the-queen-s-lace-handkerchief
- 2nd Sep: Peacock Theatre: The Vanishing Bridegroom by British Youth Opera First run of the Judith Weir opera. Complex music for a Scottish folk tale. Probably for those into contemporary hardcore http://southbanksinfonia.co.uk/event/020917/
Tickets on sale
- Tickets for the Chelsea opera group at Cadogan Hall for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve are now on sale: http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/chelsea-opera-group-171210/
- I missed mentioning here a couple of amazing events happening at Hackney Empire:
- Eötvös’ Senza Sangue and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle double bill with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eötvös himself only on 19 Sep 2017: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/senza-sangue-bluebeards-castle/
- Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon by Music Theatre Wales only on 31st October 2017 https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/the-golden-dragon/
- Also noticed a performance of Puccini Il Tabarro mixed with some Gilbert and Sullivan mix by Porcupine Opera at St James’s Church next October: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3041535
- Finally discovered a new venue with some interesting classical music concerts (although programmes are not yet all confirmed): http://www.1901artsclub.com/whats-on.html