25th Sep - 1st Oct London classical music
First autumn week in London means symphonic repertoire at full speed: two Mahlers (2nd and 3rd), three Sibelius (5th, 6th, 7th), one Bruckner (5th). A lot of organ concerts, Schiff two sides, as soloist and accompanist for Robert Holl farewell recital from Wigmore Hall (he is 70!). Finally LPO doing Taras Bulba. Also English National Opera starts its season. 80 concerts (38 of them free!), 5 different opera productions make a new total record
Mon 25th Sep
- St Peter’s Church Notting Hill, 13:00 Maria Marchant (Piano): works by Clara Schumann, Roderick Williams, Ginastera, Schubert/Liszt FREE. I like her. And I like the programme. Look at the video:
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: “A Night in Seville” ILAMS Soloists perform arias by Tchiaikovsky, Albéniz, Walton, Rossini and Donizetti FREE. Interesting programme around Seville (Carmen, Don Juan, etc…).
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Amatis Piano Trio: Haydn trio HXV:28 and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 £15 Debut
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Antonio Oyarzabal, piano: works by Schumann, Debussy and Ravel FREE From the Guildhall School of Music and Drama series. Children centric programme.
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion £10-£40 A period instruments orchestra doing a World premiere. Well, it’s the OAE and we allow them whatever they like.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Argenta Trio; Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo: from baroque to the twenty-first century £10-£20 Young groups at reduced price.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Simon Johnson, organ: music by Bach and Reubke £15 I’ve never heard the RFH organ, so I cannot really comment on this one.
- Barbican Hall, 19:30 London Schools Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julian Libeer: Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No 4 £9-£26 Young people orchestra performing young Beethoven and adult Brahms.
- Sands films, 19:30 Thames Festival Music Series: Consone Quartet plays Haydn’s Quartet Op. 54, No. 2 and Schubert’s ‘Rosamunde’ £12 New festival in town presenting a young emerging London based quartet. They sound really well.
Tue 26th Sep
Wow, this is a mostly free day. Actualy is a free day because the only paid concert is sold out.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Emily Baines (recorders) with AMYAS perform Handel and Hotteterre works FREE Guildhall School of Music and Drama students. Looks nice.
- Heath Street Baptist Church, 13:00 Elin White, violin: Bach FREE Dangerous repertoire.
- Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Tritium Trio: Song and Sonority. Works by Leighton, Havlat and Lindberg FREE Piano, clarinet and cello trio performing modern classical music. Quite nice.
- St George’s Hannover Sq, 13:10 Organ concerto: Norman Harper plays Arro, Backfark, Bach, Bliss, Franck & Lebeque FREE For organ regulars
- St Clement Danes, 13:10 Joanne Tan Xin Hui - Piano FREE No info about the programme
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Yohei Nakajima – viola, and Irina Lyakhovskaya – piano: Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello & Piano, op. 19 FREE Rachmaninov on a viola. Hu-hu.
- St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:15 Robert Mingay Smith: organ music by Hewitt Jones & Wilson FREE More organ
- Royal College of Music, 18:15 Haydn String Quartet in G major op 76 no 1, Bowen Viola Sonata no 1 and Schumann Violin Sonata no 1 FREE (but ticket required) Several students from RCM. I love Schumann violin Sonata No.1 and it is not so frequent. skate art guy might be there
- Royal Academy of Music, 19:00 Academy Song Circle: songs by Finzi FREE Half forgotten composer that always was out of fashion but now could be even nice.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 András Schiff plays Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach SOLD OUT Another Schiff recital sould out. You what you can expect from this, don’t you?: wide repertoire, hard-soft playing, contented emotion with very direct delivery of the original composer intentions. Yeah.
Wed 27th Sep
- Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery 12:00 RCM students short recitals: Caccini, Aquilano and Tromboncini FREE with exhibition ticket If you are planning to go to see Canaletto & the Art of Venice exhibition this is your spot.
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Wihan Quartet: Kol Nidrei: Elegy for Pamela £15 Strange concert. Other than the Beethoven cavatina anything else here is a world premiere.
- The National Gallery, 13:00 The Florentine Arts Ensemble: violin and piano music by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky FREE Music inspired by this Degas painting:
- Steinway Hall, 13:10 Alanna Crouch plays works by Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Bill Evans FREE Ok. She is 10 years old, so beware what to expect.
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Matthew Scott, clarinet and Christine Zerafa, piano: works by Horovitz, Saint-Saëns and Patterson FREE Interesting.
- Royal College of Music, 18:15 Joel Ashford (horn) and friends: Ravel’s Ondine, Butler’s Comic Book Fanfares, Thuille’s Wind Sextet FREE (but ticket required) Well, almost a world premiere with “Comic Book” on the title. I should be loving it.
- Steinway Hall, 19:00 Alexander Gadjiev plays Bach’s French Suite n.3, Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Prokofiev’s Sonata n.6 FREE Semifinalist of the 2016 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, so serious stuff here.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 LPO & Jan Vogler cello conducted by Jurowski: Britten’s Symphony for cello, Silvestrov’s Symphony No.3 and Janácek’s Taras Bulba £10-£65 LP odoing contemporary repertoire and the lovely Taras Bulba. Quite good.
- Barbican Hall, 19:30 BBCSO conducted by Oramo: Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung, Berg’s Violin Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No 5 £10-£36 All Sibelius season starts! But the highlight here is the beautiful Berg concert played by Alina Pogostkina skate art guy will be there
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Blair: Weber’s Der Freischütz Overture, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 £10-£20 I have no references for this YMSO but it looks it has a long tradition. Interesting the Borodin.
- Sands films, 19:30 Thames Festival Music Series: Consone Quartet plays Schubert’s Overture D8a, Haydn’s Op. 50, No. 5 and Mendelssohn’s op.81 £12 Second appearance of Consone Quartet. Again promising.
- Trinity Laban Recital Room, 19:30 Jette Parker Young Artists Recitals £10 Should we trust the Royal Opera House’s future opera stars quote on the programme?
Thu 28th Sep
- St John’s Smith Square, 13:05 Lunchtime Concerts: Colin Walsh, organ: Duruflé, Ropartz and Vierne £10 More modern organ music.
- St Alfege Church, 13:05 Lunchtime concert:Ben Paulden (violin) with Emma Walker (piano) play Grieg violin sonata and Elena Abad (violin)with Yaoying Wang (piano) play Brahms violin sonata FREE Couple of nice violin sonatas played by students.
- St Sepulchres, 13:10 Lunchtime Recital: Musica Poetica, works by Franz Tunder FREE Interesting concert with a very little known baroque composer
- Royal College of Music, 18:15 Yiyi Su and LiFei Weng piano duo and Jobine Siekman (cello) & Petar Dimov (piano): Mozart Allegro con spirito from Sonata for two pianos K448, Schubert Arpeggione Sonata and JS Bach Partita no 5 FREE (but ticket required) Three masterworks performed by students
- Handel House, 18:30 Emily Owen (soprano): The Making of a Princess £12 I miss more information about the programme
- St Sepulchres, 19:00 Chelys Consort of Viols & Emma Kirkby: CD Launch: “A Pleasing Melancholy” – Works of Dowland £15 Dowloand, Kirkby and viols. And drinks. I like it.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:00 Vivaldi Gloria by Candlelight by Brandenburg Sinfonia £9-£29 MEH
- Royal Academy of Music, 19:00 RAM & Geiko performs Western Classical Music and Japanese Traditional and Contemporary Music FREE Well…
- Consulate of Venezuela, Bolívar Hall, 19:00 Echoes Festival: Guitarrismo. Nirse González: Centenary Homage to Antonio Lauro £14 Also some Barrios and AGinastera music. Proper guitar recital this one. [CANCELLED]
- Royal Festival Hall, during all day Nordic Music Days Too much to choose
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Robert Holl & András Schiff: Schubert lieder £15-£50 (almost sold out) Looks likes Holl’s farewell recital. We should’t be missing it.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philharmonia conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen: Sibelius: 6+7 and two contemporary Icelandic composers £11-£55 Philharmonia starts its season with Sibelius too. The two icelandic composers… scare me.
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 London International Sinfonia and various soloists operatic highlights and chinese composers £15-£30 Traditional opera arias mixed with chinese stuff. Don’t know if that is going to work well.
- Kings place, 19:30 Dejan Bogdanovic & Gabriele Maria Vianello: Schubert’s Grand Duo D574, Bach Sonata BWV1005, Maxwell Davies’s Sonatina for Violin Alone, Saint-Saëns Sonata for violin and piano No £9.50-£26.50 Interesting.
- St Martin in the Fields, 21:00 Rachmaninov Vespers by Candlelight by New Cambridge Singers £14 MEH
- St John’s Waterloo, 21:00 Southbank Sinfonia Rush hour #13: Twilight. Works by Pärt, Grieg, Richter and Vasks FREE
- Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom, 21:45 Post-concert: Pekka Kuusisto & Ilona Korhonen play contemporary Finnish folk music FREE
Fri 29th Sep
- Royal Festival Hall, during all day Nordic Music Days FREE again, too mucho to choose
- St Luke’s, 12:30 Friday Lunchtime Concert: Tom Norris Anna Tilbrook play Brahms violin sonata Op 78 FREE With presenter introduction. Cool.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Anastasia Gould (piano) and Andrei Anghel (piano) play Bach, Schubert and Chopin FREE
- St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:05 Martlet Voices: Settings of Guarini’s ‘Il Pastor Fido’ (1590) by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Schutz, Caccini, Marenzio, d’India and de Wert FREE This pasticcio sounds pretty amazing.
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Lunchtime concert: Ieva Dubova plays Beethoven sontata No.5, Brahms Intermezzo Op.118 No.2, and Schumann Kinderscenen FREE More Kinderscenen
- St Paul’s Church Covent Garden 13:00 Pinar Celik: Obua, Viola and Piano FREE No info about the programme
- Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 13:05 TL Flute Ensemble: Dave Heath Celebratory Concert FREE I though Dave Heath was a photographer so I am confused.
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Frederic Bager, piano: Beethoven’s Pastorale, Berg’s Piano Sonata Op.1 and Schumann’s Gesänge der Frühe FREE Nice one.
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Charles Andrews – organ, music by Bach, Brahms, Rheinberger and Lloyd Webber FREE Lloyd Webber on the organ. Can you image it?
- Milton Court, 19:00 Guildhall various ensembles: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and works by Sparke, Ekimowskij, Tallis, McGarr, Glass and Bedford FREE Good showcase of the school I guess.
- Royal Academy of Music, 19:00 Battles: baroque music FREE I really like how this sounds. Trumpet battles probably skate art guy might be there
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Sarah Connolly & Malcolm Martineau: Strauss, Zemlinsky, Eisler, Korngold, Copland and Britten £15-£40 This same programme was a success in Villabeltran, so quite recommended.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philharmonia: Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man £16.50-£50 I don’t know why this concert if more expensive than other in the Philharmonia series. Anyway the work became very popular at the start of the 20th century. Not my think, however.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Mozart and Handel by Candlelight by London Musical Arts Ensemble £9-£25 MEH
- St James’s Picadilly, 19:30 4D: Faure piano quartets £15 Those quartets are beautiful.
- The Wallace Collection, 19:30 Clara Mouriz (mezzo) and Iain Burnside (piano). Works by Granados and De Falla £25–£35 In the context of “El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum” exhibition. Pricey but probably exquisite.
Sat 30th Sep
- Royal Festival Hall, during all day Nordic Music Days FREE Again, too much to choose
- St Sepulchres, 13:10 Lunchtime Recital: Musica Poetica, works by Franz Tunder FREE Is this the same one than on Thursday? Second part?
- Royal Albert Hall, Verdi - Italian kitchen, 15:00 Afternoon Tea with Live Opera with Alexandra Stenson £39.76 Includes your food.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Tasmin Little violin & Piers Lane piano: Bridge, Szymanowski, Bliss and Franck £15-£37 Looks great.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 LPO and Richard Goode piano conducted by Jurowski: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 & Bruckner: Symphony No.5 £10-£65 Typical classic-romantic balanced programme. Not sure about Jurowski doing Mozart’20… could be too dark.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by Trafalgar Sinfonia
- St Luke’s, 19:30 BBC Radio 3 Open Ear: An assembly performs contemporary works £10 contemporary + avant-folk + Glass.
- Southwark Cathedral, 19:30 Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by Candlelight by London Concertante £9-£28 MEH
- Sands films, 19:30 Thames Festival Music Series: Ars Antiqua de Paris performs Ockeghem’s Requiem and Pierre de la Rue’s Missa de septem soloribus £10 This one is really interesting. Ockeghem and de la Rue (and general Renaissance Franco-Flemish composers) are not so frequent in the so popular English choral tradition. Pro is having a French group doing it, con is that Ars Anqitua de Paris looks a little bit outdated nowaways. Anyway I’m quite curious about this.
- St John’s Waterloo, 19:30 Philharmonia Britannica Choir and Orchestra: Mahler’s 2nd symphony £15 Amateur orchestra doing Mahler 2nd sounds QUITE ambitious.
- Kings place, 19:30 Natalie Clein, Julius Drake & Ruby Hughes: Tre Voci £19.50–£49.50 Having Drake in this is like a guarantee of a good night.
Sun 1st Oct
- Royal Festival Hall, during all day Nordic Music Days FREE
- Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Sherry time concert: Natasha Paremski: piano works by Brahms, Chopin, Adès and Prokofiev £15 Any programme ending with Prokofiev’s 7 should be at least considered as attending.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Leila Josefowicz & John Novacek: Sibelius, Mahler, Kaija Saariaho and Zimmermann £15–£37 Prokofiev and Zimmermann being the core and some arrangements. Looks quite good. skate art guy will be there
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mahler 3 £11-£55 We start with our Mahler!
- Conway Hall, 20:30 The Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize £12 Who knows…
- 25th and 29th: Royal Opera House: Puccini: La bohème. People are loving it. Still the first cast running: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-boheme-by-richard-jones
- 26th: Royal Opera House: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. Last performance of the first cast. It will be back in October with the second cast.: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/die-zauberflote-by-david-mcvicar
- 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th Sep: Soho Theatre Mozart: The Magic flute by Opera Up Close. A different approach, quite enjoyable: http://www.operaupclose.com/themagicflute
- 28th Sep: English National Opera Aida. New production, and you know, sung in English: https://www.eno.org/whats-on/aida/
- 28th Sep: Barefoot Opera La bohème: http://www.barefootopera.com/tickets/la-bohme-bfa63
Tickets on sale
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