4th - 10th Sep London classical music
So here we are. Finishing the PROMS and starting the new Autumn season. 46 concerts (15 of them free) make a total record since Skate Art Guy is compiling them.
Monday 4th September
Wigmore Hall, 11:00: Kohn Foundation International Song Competition Preliminary Stage: Day 2 TICKETS AVAILABLE 11 singers 15 mins each, 4 hours.
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00: Lunchtime Concert: Richard Robbins (tenor) and Guy Murgatroyd (piano). Works by Handel, Ireland, Britten, Poulenc and Gurney FREE Lieder programmes are not so common in lunchtime recitals. That makes this one interesting.
St James’s Picadilly, 13.10: Michael McHale plays Chopin’s Ballade in F minor and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition FREE The Irish pianist is a rising star. And having “Pictures” on the programme is cool. Very recommended
Cadogan Hall, 13:00: PROMS Chamber Music 8Elias String Quartet + Alice Neary play Schubert String Quintet in C SOLD OUT If you cannot make it to this (because of the time or because it is sold out) you will have another change next months at King’s Place to listen to this work that you should listen live at least once a year. All said.
Royal Albert Hall, 19:30: Prom 69: Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, John Adams Lollapalooza, Mahler Symphony No. 1 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Manfred Honeck ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE This is a tricky one. Mutter has been always a must, however her latest approaches to some works are… excessive. Add that Dvořák’s concert is so so and that Pittsburgh orchestra status is unknown to me… I won’t recommend this one that much but for the Adams work :)
Tue 5th Sep
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00: Susan Chan plays Bach, Liszt, Tan Dum, Zhou Long and Zhang Zhao piano works FREE European piano tradition mixed with Chinese contemporary composers. Quite interesting I would say.
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00: Lunchtime Concert: Patrick Williams and Richard Shaw play flute and piano works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Gaubert, and Jean-Michel Damase FREE Works and composers totally unknown for me so really not idea about this one
St Bride’s, 13:15: Lunchtime recial, Teresa Pells (soprano) and Karl Lutchmayer (piano): songs by Caccini, Pergolesi, Conti, Verdi, Donizetti, Respighi, Copland, Fauré, Satie FREE Typical arie antiche+song by italian opera composers+more song recital. It is always a nice programme
Wigmore Hall, 15:00 and 19:30: Kohn Foundation International Song Competition Preliminary Stage: Semi-Final Round TICKETS AVAILABLE Semi final could be more interesting
Conway Hall, 19:00: Sam Haywood plays piano works by Charles Villiers Stanford, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn FREE Registration required First recital of the Rhinegold Live series. Free glass of wine beforehand the 50 mins recital followed by Q&A session with the artist. This sounds really cool
Royal Albert Hall, 19:30 Prom 70 Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia, Bartók Piano Concerto No 2, Dvořák Symphony No 8. Jeremy Denk piano and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis TICKETS AVAILABLE This is a MUST. BartokPiano2 is always a must. Played by Jeremy Denk, the artist in residence for the next season at Barbican/Milton Court makes it more interesting. Also coupling is quite nice. Skate art guy will be there
Wed 6th Sep
St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Lunchtime recital Vivien Conacher, mezzo soprano Chad Vindin, piano. Works by Bellini, Barber, Brahms, Reynaldo, Hahn, Barber, Verdi, Schubert, Wolf, Copland and Britten FREE Nice programme here.
Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Kohn Foundation International Song Competition Exploring Russian Song with Julia Sitkovetsky soprano and Iain Burnside piano TICKETS AVAILABLE Looks like a nice introduction to Russians songs.
Royal Albert Hall, 19:30 Prom 71: LPO with Alina Ibragimova (violin) and Vladimir Jurowski play Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE We are going to see Ibragimova more and more in major concert halls. She is damn good. Program here is superb. I’m sure this is going to be Jurowski year (before he leaves the LPO for a next step in his career). Totally recommended. Skate Art guy might be there
St James’s Church Spanish Place, 19:30 The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2017, works by Poulenc and Palestrina ONLY UNSIGHTED TICKETS AVAILABLE Very interesting coupling.
Thu 7th Sep
Foundling Museum, 13:00: Young Artists’ Platform recital: Handel’s Heroes & Heroines. Josephine Goddar performs arias from Giulio Cesare, Faramondo, Ariodante, Rodelinda and Xerxes FREE This one is tricky. Usually these recitals at Foundling Museum are free but require a museum ticket (that this September raises to £11!). However 7th Sept is Heritage Open Day and it will be totally free. So this is totally recommended as it is the perfect occasion to see the museum and a nice recital 100% free.
St Alfege, 13:05 Neus Peris, piano: Brahms Ballads op.10, Henze Präludium zum “Tristan” n.1&2, Green 3 Bagatelles, Janacek Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 and Mmpou Cançó i dansa n.6 FREE Programme looks pretty interesting with the Janacek piano sonata. I wish I could go to this one.
St John’s Smith Square, 13:05 Pettman Ensemble Chamber Concert play Lilburn Sonata for violin and piano and Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb Op. 44 TICKETS AVAILABLE Don’t know about the Lilburn, but the Schumman is always nice.
Wigmore Hall, 18:00: Kohn Foundation International Song Competitio: Final and Prize-Giving TICKETS AVAILABLE Finally the final! Yuhu!
1901 Arts Club, 18:00 Hattori Foundation Rush-Hour Recital with Rose Hsien (violin) and Ivan Moshchuk (piano). Works by Brahms, Paganini, Kreisler, Glazunov and Ravel TICKETS AVAILABLE Nice, nice
Handel House, 18:30: Right on Kew, Catriona McDermid (bassoon) plays works by Telemann and Handel TICKETS AVAILABLE Looks cool.
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 19:00 Can li, piano plays Beethoven, Bach, Barber, Rachmaninov, Chopin TICKETS AVAILABLE Zero references for this.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight by London Concertante TICKETS AVAILABLE At least this time they play Vivaldi’s La Folia.
Royal Albert Hall, 19:30 Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding: Mahler’s Sixth Symphony ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE Of course this is the one. Will VPO beat RCO’s 4th from the previous week. I guess so. Skate Art Guy will be there
Cadogan Hall, 19.30pm RPO: A Celebration of Howard Blake TICKETS AVAILABLE Here we are! Even before the Proms are finished the official season for London orchestras starts with the Royal Philharmonic, the earliest riser. I have no idea on Howard Blake so I cannot comment on this one, but his picture scares me:
Royal Albert Hall, 21:30 Prom 73: Sir András Schiff performs Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier TICKETS AVAILABLE Everything is wrong with this Prom. First, RAH is not at all a place for a piano recital. And in case you program a piano recital in here you do it with grand piano repertoire. Like this:but you do not a work conceived for a very small instrument with small sonority. Even in playing Bach on a grand piano could be acceptable the intimacy of this work do not match at all the immensity of the RAH. BAD, BAD, BAD
Fri 8th Sep
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Moriarty Winds. Works by Arrieu, Barber and Hindemith FREE Not so frequent works. Recommended.
St John’s Church Waterloo, 13:00 Zarebski Piano Duo Recital. Works by Zarebski, Grieg, Brahms and Dvorak. FREE Piano duo playing a selection of Hungarian Dances and Slavonic Dances is always nice.
Regent Hall (The Salvation Army), 13:00 Toby Cook (viola) and Julia Isaksson (piano) play Reger’s Suite No 1 for solo viola, Vieuxtemps’ Elegie Op 30, William Walton’s Concerto for viola and orchestra and Stravinsky’s Elegie. FREE The best of the viola world. Also recommended.
St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Lunchtime recital: Violeta Barrena, violin, Dimitris Dekavallas, guitar, Christin Wismann, soprano and Helen Glaisher-Hernandez, piano play works by Brouwer, Schocker, Lauro, Previn, Gershwin, Bernstein, Estévez, Ginastera, Chávez, Villa-Lobos, Lorenz and Los Paraguayos FREE Lovely two Americas programme.
St Bride’s, 13:15 Lunchtime recital: Musicke in the Ayre: “The Prime of Monteverdi” works by Monteverdi, Kapsberger, Corradi, Grandi and Melli FREE If you missed last week at the NPG this can be your chanche. They are going to sing Pur ti miro.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Bach Brandenburg Concertos By Candlelight, with Feinstein Ensemble TICKETS AVAILABLE Bah
Royal Albert Hall, 19:30 Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic with Emanuel Ax and Michael Tilson Thomas. Brahms Variations on the St Anthony Chorale 18, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 and Beethoven’s 7th ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE This is probably one of the highlights of this year Proms. Skate Art guy will be there
Sat 9th Sep
Lumen Church & Cafe, 15:00 Concert + afternoon tea: “Almost Like Being in Love”: Vivien Conacher (mezzo-soprano) FREE (the concert, not the tea)
St. Sepulchre’s, 17.00 Chandos Chamber Choir: Mozart Requiem TICKETS AVAILABLE This kind of Come & Sing concerts. Or should I say, Come & Pay & Sing. Not sure if recommended attending as regular audience.
St John’s Church Waterloo, 18:30 Mozart Requiem in the version by Czerny for four hands/one piano with London Welsh Chorale and visiting Italian choir, the Coro Polifonico S Antonio Abate TICKETS AVAILABLE Can you imagine running from St. Sepulchre’s to St John’s for listening to two Mozart requiems in a row?
Bold Tendencies, 19:00 The multi-story orchestra: Stravinsky’s Rite of spring + living programme note TICKETS AVAILABLE Looks cool listening to this work in this venue.
Royal Albert Hall, 19:15 Prom 75: Last night SOLD OUT This is it. Skate Art Guy will be there
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Gerald Finley; Julius Drake lied by Schubert, Poulenc, Ravel, Turnage and Britten VERY FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE. This is the proper start of Wigmore’s autumn season. Finley is always nice.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Mozart Requiem by Candlelight with Brandenburg Sinfonia TICKETS AVAILABLE Is this the 3rd Mozart requiem this week? Oh, Jesus!
St Luke’s 20:00 Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner TICKETS AVAILABLE This has the “Classical” tag on the Barbican website. If they say so…
Sun 10th Sep
Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Sunday morning coffee concert: Castalian String Quartet plays Mozart’s K428 and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden TICKETS AVAILABLE Coffee concerts are back. Or should I say sherry concerts? Because everyone is asking for the free sherry instead of coffee. If you are not a little bit tired of Death and the Maiden this could be a good morning thing to do.
Gresham Centre, 13:45 / 19:00 Brandenburg Festival Come and Sing: Fauré Requiem TICKETS AVAILABLE Another come and sing with another requiem. At least it is Fauré’s.
Conway Hall, 18:30 Tippett Quartet & Emma Abbate (piano): Haydn Quartet in D minor Op. 103, Schumann Quintet in E flat Op. 44 and Dvořák Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81 TICKETS AVAILABLE Second time in this week Schumann’s Op. 44. More classical coupling here with a Haydn and the Dvořák’s. Lovely.
Bold Tendencies, 19:00 The multi-story orchestra: Stravinsky’s Rite of spring + living programme note TICKETS AVAILABLE See above
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Sonia Prina contralto; Paolo Spadaro Munitto piano, works by Falla, Berio, Seiber and more TICKETS AVAILABLE. I am not a fan of Sonia Prina. Maybe it is just my personal bias because she was for a while in almost every baroque opera recorded.
5th,7th and 9th: Peacock Theatre British Youth Opera: Don Giovanni Opening. Never been to any BYO production so I cannot comment.
6th, 8th and 9th: Peacock Theatre British Youth Opera: The Vanishing Bridegroom
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th: Soho Theatre Opera up close: The Magic Flute Opening. Re-imagination of Mozart’s opera as a nightclub thing. Could be interesting.
9th: Cadogan Hall Russian State Opera presents Tosca Well, I’ve searched for the sopranon doing the main role in youtube and there are zero results. Only at your own risk.
Opera Holland published booking dates for the next season:
- Monday 15 January, 10am – Founder/Benefactor booking
- Monday 22 January, 10am – Ambassador booking
- Monday 29 January, 10am – Envoy booking
- Monday 5 February, 10am – Friend booking
- Monday 12 February, 10am – General booking
- Monday 9 April, 10am – INSPIRE booking
Monday 4th: tickets for the Royal Academy Autumn season concerts go on sale: http://www.ram.ac.uk/whats-on
Friday 8th: tickets on sale to the London Mozart Players season at St John the Evangelist: http://londonmozartplayers.com/concert/lmp-at-st-johns-2017-18-season-launch/
Friday 8th: ROH Friday rush ticket sale comes back for the next week Bohème and Die Zauberflöte: https://www.roh.org.uk/events/friday-rush