18th - 24th September London classical music
New record with 69 concerts this week. Southbank center and King place seasons start as well as several school of music offering free concerts. Highlight of the week are:
- LPO season opening concert with Enescu’s Oedipe.
- LSO doing 3 Stravinski ballets with Rattle
- Eötvös conducting a double-bill with an opera of his own and Bartok’s Bluebeards Castle
- Fever Pitch the Opera
- Brodsky Quartet with Antonio Meneses playing cello quintets
Some sold outs. The big WTFs of the week are the confusing Albert Hammond concert and the programme including 3 trios No.3 to mark a 300 anniversary.
Mon 18th Sep
- St Luke’s, 12:30 Lunchtime Concert: Rhys Watkins and Jack Liebeck (violins) play Leclaire Scarlatti Wieniawski and Handel FREE 45mins recital with two violins. If you are around the area don’t miss it!
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Fretwork, Contrapuncti 1–11 from Bach’s The Art of Fugue It’s a pity that it is not the complete work, but I cannot miss it as I loved their recording a lot. skate art guy will be there
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Julian Van Mellaerts (baritone) and Gamal Khamis (piano): Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Debussy FREE Nice lied recital.
- St Peter’s Church Notting Hill, 13:00 Jose Zalba-Smith (Flute) & Louisa Lam (Piano): works by Taktakishvili, Zalba, Reich, Clarke and Piazzolla FREE cool modern repertoire here.
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Emma Purslow, violin and Eleanor Kornas, piano play Medtner’s Two Canzonas and Dances and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne FREE RCM students. Interesting programme
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 The Mozartists Launch Concert: Mozart and Gluck works New venture from Classical Opera. Promising
- Milton Court, 19:30 This is Rattle: Adès Adès’ curated programme performed by Guildhall New Music Ensemble. Includes works by Golijov, Kurtag, Castiglioni… so is not only British and could be very interesting.
- 1901 Arts Club, 19:30 Charles Luxford & David Evans: Schubert: Winterreise SOLD OUT Winterreise is always a must.
Tue 19th Sep
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Trio Aeolian: Telemann, Ravel and Piazzolla FREE Flute, Harp and viola. Sounds cute at least.
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Benjamin Baker violin; Daniel Lebhardt piano play Janáček’s violin sonata and Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata Young and promising players on a common programme.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Dimitri Malignan (piano) and Cornelius Zirbo (cello) play Schumann, Schumann and Lipatti works FREE Your musicians with another interesting programme.
- St Clement Danes, 13:10 Lunchtime recital by Antonio Oyarzabal - Piano FREE No programme
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Lunchtime Recital: Viktor Korotich & Alice Turner: Arias by Gounod, Rossini, Strauss, Britten… FREE Operatic arias with a baritone who has played leading roles at Mariinsky. Pretty promising.
- St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:15 Organ recital by Robert Mingay-Smith: Elgar & Walton works FREE
- Barbican Hall, 19:00 LSO conducted by Simon Rattle: The Damnation of Faust Repeating the concert from Sunday. First time I see this in London :)
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Vox Luminis: Bach, Bach’s family and Buxtehude works I haven’t hear Vox Luminis enough to have a proper opinion on how well are they.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Fauré Requiem by Candlelight by New London Singers MEH
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Septura Brass septet: Elgar’s Serenade, Walton’s Sonata for Strings and Shostakovich’s Quartet no.8 arranged for brass Wow, too much brass for this serious music I guess
- Cadogan Hall, 19:30 Albert Hammond in Symphony with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons Wait. This shouldn’t be here, it’s a pop music concert with a symphonic orchestra… but wait. Is really Andris Nelsons conducting? The same Andris Nelsons who is music director of Boston Symphony Orchestra? And what is this Leipzig Symphony Orchestra? Is the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra which should had Nelsons as music director-designate? Too many WTF on this concert. I need to know.
Wed 20th Sep
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Thormod Rønning Kvam, piano plays Schumann’s Waldszenen and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition FREE Another pictures! But this time it’s Horowitz edition. Interesting
- Royal Academy of Music, 18:30 Pavarotti Prize final FREE Final-year Royal Academy Opera students
- St John’s Waterloo, 19:00 Kirker Holidays Autumn Concert: Melvyn Tan play piano works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt Does this Kirker thing has anything to do with Star Trek?
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Nash Ensemble: works by Stravinsky, Casken, Goehr, Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies 20th Century music is back to Wigmore Hall!
- Milton Court, 19:30 This is Rattle: Helen Grime curated programme performed by Britten Sinfonia Contemporary British music + Purcell + Stravinsky. Quite thematic Wednesday, isn’t it?
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Joseph Tong plays Sibelius piano music This repertoire is becoming more popular during the last years. Worth it.
- Kings place, 19:30 Carolyn Sampson with Da Camera: Bach, Scarlatti & Telemann Telemann trio sonatas and cantatas. Always nice
- Royal Festival Hall, 20:00 Francesco Tristano: Piano Circle Songs We start the classical season at the RFA with Tristano, enfant terrible of piano and electronic music. His new album (composed by himself) sound like minimalism-new-age music. Could be interesting.
Thu 21st Sep
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Camilli violin duo plays Boccherini and De Beriot works FREE Also Scottish folk medley included.
- St Alfege Church, 13:05 Lunchtime concert: À Deux ensemble plays Bach, Chaminade, Schumann, Schubert, Liebermann and Shaposhnikov FREE Including a work by Cécile Chaminade is just a reason for not missing this one if you can make it.
- St John’s Smith Square, 13:15 Timothée Botbol and Dinara Klinton play Rachmaninoff cello works Lyrical Rachmaninoff for your lunchtime pleasure.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Young Musicians from The Purcell School play Beethoven, Alkan, Scarlatti and more Generic showcase with a lot of players.
- Barbican Hall, 19:00 LSO conducted by Simon Ratle: Stravinsky ballets SOLD OUT Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. Can you ask for more?
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by Candlelight by Festive Orchestra of London MEH
- St John Evangelist at Upper Norwood, 19:30 Organ recital by Nicholas Wearne: Mendelssohn, Bairstow, Festing and Elgar works FREE Non-lunchtime free concert!
Fri 22nd Sep
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: EPTA Piano Competition Prizewinners Concert FREE Mostly Chopin
- St Luke’s 13:00 Lunchtime concert: Olena Tokar plays Schumann, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Medtner and Rachmaninov piano works This is totally cool because of the Viardot and Medtner infrequent works.
- RCM Britten Theatre, 13:05 Professors’ Concert: Bliss Clarinet Quintet and Howells Rhapsodic Quintet op 31 FREE (but ticket required). 20th-century works for clarinet. Sounds cool.
- Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Symphonic Wind ensemble plays Janáček’s Mladi and Dvorak’s Serenade FREE Good mix of known and unknown. Like it.
- St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:05 Eos trio: trios by CPE Bach, Khachaturian, Stravinsky and Paul Evernden FREE includes a world premiere!
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Asagi Nakata, piano plays Liszt works FREE Wow, selection of Années de pèlerinage and Réminiscences des Puritains. Good and recommended!
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Lunchtime Recital: Senar Duo plays Messiaen, Debussy, Venables and Rachmaninov violin and piano works FREE Interesting
- St Luke’s 18:30 Rush-hour concert: Esther Yoo and Robert Koenig play Vaughan Williams and Grieg 3rd violin sonata Ysaye sonata dropped from the initial programme and that makes me sad :(
- Milton Court, 19:00 Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and Vassily Sinaisky performs Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Elgar Enigma Variations. SOLD OUT Seriously they are playing Enigma variations just one week after LSO did in front of Milton Court? Wonder how this can be sold out :)
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Vienna Mozart Trio plays Mozart and Beethoven trios No.3 Seriously a concert for 300th Anniversary of Maria Theresia includes Beethoven 3rd trio and Mozart 3 trio? Is this Austrian humor?. Reduced length and reduced price.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Mozart and Moonlight by Candlelight by Belmont Ensemble of London MEH
- Cadogan Hall, 19:30 The Tallis Scholars: Palestrina, Monteverdi and Gesualdo Also they are singing Allegri’s Miserere. Probably the best in town.
- Kings place, 19:30 Christophe Coin with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Galloping Galant The first baroque cello virtuoso of the hip second wave. Exquisite as those concertos and symphonies. And with the OAE. Very recommended
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 19:45 Echo choir sings Byrd, De Cristo and de Monte works. “alongside vocal improvisation and theatrical use of the performance space.” Hum.
Sat 23rd Sep
- Royal Albert Hall, Verdi - Italian kitchen, 15:00 Afternoon Tea with Live Opera with Felicity Hayward If you want to spent £40 on an afternoon tea at least with this one you can listen to live opera arias.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:00 LPO conducted by Jurowki: Enescu’ Oedipe Ok. This is it. The London Philharmonic Orchestra season opening with a concert version of Enescu’s opera. After performing it in Bucharest with great success I am excited about it. There are still tickets, so go for it. skate art guy will be there
- Christ Church Gipsy Hill, 19:00 London Mozart Players No idea about the programme.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 András Schiff plays Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach SOLD OUT A bit of this and that. I am started to thing that he is overrated.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by London Musical Arts MEH
- Milton Court, 19:30 This is Rattle: Birtwistle curated programme by BBC Singers. Varèse mixed with Machaut and Byrd? Sounds crazy? Could be fun.
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Horacio Lavandera piano recital Some Mozart, some Beethoven and some Schubert with Dino Saluzzi works in the middle that could be the most interesting thing.
- St Peter’s Notting Hill, 19:30 Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra: Ades’ Concentric Paths More Ades music this week. Yummi!
- Kings place, 19:30 Brodsky Quartet & Antonio Meneses: Boccherini’s Musica Notturna and Schubert strings quintet One of the top strings quartets joins one chamber music top cellist to play two very different works both top of the repertoire. This is one of the hightlights of the season. Do not miss it!
Sun 24th Sep
- Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, 11:00 Classical Coffee Mornings: Bach String Quartet plays Haydn and Debussy quartets The coffee is not included, but the whole concept is nice and £12.50 is not a crazy price. Only if you can wake so early.
- Barbican Hall, 12:15 LSO On Track: Guildhall students + LSO players perform Gareth Glyn arrangements No idea about these arrangements on top of Enigma and Rite of Spring. Could be weird.
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Nash Ensemble: Ravel, Stravinsky, Bizet, Debussy and Poulenc SOLD OUT More classical repertoire than the previous one, probably more suited for the Sunday cherry concert audiences. Looks cool.
- RCM Britten Theatre, 14:00 Anne Boleyn’s Music Book lecture + Performance by Alamire ensemble FREE (but ticket required). Three experts talking about a Renaissance manuscript with live performances sounds like a good plan for a Sunday evening if you are not hungover.
- St John’s Smith Square, 15:00 [Beloved Clara, Lucy Parham (piano)]: Kind of “Composer Portrait” for Clara Schumann with two narrators and one pianist. Dunnooooo.
- Cadogan Hall, 15:00 German Paediatricians Orchestra: Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Elgar’s Enigma Variations Only the idea of pediatricians from all over the world making an orchestra makes me smile. And if the concert is in benefit of a children hospital my smile is bigger and lets me forget the 3rd Enigma in one week.
- Sands films, 15:30 Handel’s Water Music and Carslake’s The Singing Glacier by The Little Baroque Company Strange, strange.
- Royal Festival Hall, 15:30 Aurora Orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Why Birds Sing Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques is the cool thing here. Then Ligeti’s Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes (that will be performed again later in the season) and Beethoven’s Pastoral “from memory”. I don’t really see the point of playing from memory, but whatever.
- Barbican Hall, 18:00 LSO conducted by Simon Ratle: Stravinsky ballets SOLD OUT See above same concert on Thu.
- Conway Hall, 18:30 Brownell Trio plays Hummel Trio No. 2, Franck Trio No.1 and Beethoven Archduke trio Lovely programme skate art guy might be there
- St. Mary-at-Hill, 18:30 City Bach collective performs Bach cantata BWV138 FREE I would go to this but I think it’s a full service, not only the music, so I am not sure…
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Heath Quartet; Hannes Minnaar piano play Haydn and Widmann quartets and Shostakovich quintet Op 57 Never heard them
- 18th, 20th, 21st and 23rd: Royal Opera House: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/die-zauberflote-by-david-mcvicar
- 18th-23rd: Soho Theatre Mozart: The Magic flute by Opera Up Close: http://www.operaupclose.com/themagicflute skate art guy will be there
- 19th and 23rd: Royal Opera House: Puccini: La bohème: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-boheme-by-richard-jones skate art guy will be there
- 19th: Hackney Empire Eötvös’ Senza Sangue & Bartok’s Bluebeards Castle https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/senza-sangue-bluebeards-castle/ This is amazing. I’m missing it because I got tickets in advance for Bohème this very same day. And I am sad about it because I love Bartok and Eötvös conducting himself could be big.
- 21st, 22nd and 23rd: St. Paul Church Covent Garden: Mozart: Don Giovanni by Opera Loki (in English) http://actorschurch.org/event?show=1&id=873575068
- 22nd, 23rd, 24th: Union Chapel: Fever Pitch the Opera https://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/2017-09-22-fever-pitch-the-opera-union-chapel As I love Nick Hornby books, I have to go to this.
Tickets on sale
- A new festival in Bloomsbury with some interesting classical music concerts. Some of them free: http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/