Ancient Rituals and New Tales - T088866774Cairo-born, longtime Sydney-resident oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has reimagined the range of music accessible to his instrument, the ancient Middle- Eastern lute. Steeped in traditional Arabic music (his grandfather was a respected composer, oud player and violinist) but also an avid collaborator with a diverse array of musicians, he draws equally on jazz and folk styles in a kaleidoscopic celebration of his instrument. His debut at the Proms embraces traditional Arabic taqsim (improvisation) and maqam (pieces based on traditional scales) as well as his own compositions, and the world premiere of a BBC commission by Australian composer Jessica Wells. There will be no intervalPerformer Joseph Tawadros (oud).
|30 Jul 18||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
listing details L255875949
From the Kalevala to Kaustinen: Finnish Folk and Baroque Music - T1090185196Finnish folk music meets familiar Baroque textures in a programme exploring two genres with a shared love of song and dance. Soprano Anu Komsi and violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala both have family roots in the folk-rich municipality of Kaustinen, Western Finland. They are joined by fellow boundary-crossing musicians for a whistle-stop journey through Finnish musical history encompassing the 16th-century Piae cantiones (the earliest printed book of Finnish music) and the 19th-century national folk epic, the Kalevala, which so inspired Sibelius. The concert also features favourites by Corelli and other Baroque composers, as well as folk songs from Kaustinen and music by Kreeta Haapasalo (1813-93), who was born in the region.Performer Anu Komsi (soprano). Performer Kreeta-Maria Kentala (violin). Performer Andrew Lawrence-King (harp/Kantele/psaltery). Performer Eero Palviainen (theorbo/guitar). Performer Milla Viljamaa (harmonium).
|31 Jul 17||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
listing details L01526583945
A Satie Cabaret - T1456238931French pianist and Satie champion Alexandre Tharaud leads a cabaret of music and words celebrating one of the most curious and innovative composers of the 20th century. He is joined by actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan (author of both a radio play and a documentary inspired by the composer) for a lunchtime foray featuring extracts from Satie's witty Memoirs of an Amnesiac. Along the way we discover more about the composer of the solo-piano Gnossiennes and Gymnop?dies: a committed eccentric who embraced Surrealism, invented the term ?furniture music' (later to become ?ambient music'), frequented Montmartre's bohemian Le Chat Noir cabaret club, became seduced by an esoteric strain of mystical Catholicism and for a period ate only food that was white in colour. There will be no intervalPerformer Alistair McGowan (actor). Performer Jean Delescluse (singer). Performer Alexandre Tharaud (piano).
|1 Aug 16||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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Webern, Colin Matthews & Beethoven - T0942680338The Apollon Musag?te Quartet - former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and eloquent champions of contemporary music - makes its Proms debut, bringing the European premiere of the Fifth Quartet by one of Britain's leading living composers, Colin Matthews - a work commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival. It is paired with Webern's youthful Langsamer Satz, an ecstatic piece that showcases the composer's formal skill within a lyrical idiom. Of Beethoven's six Op. 18 quartets, No. 3 is the lightest, and the hardest to pin down. The scherzo is fleeting, and even the framing movements have an unusual delicacy and wistfulness about them. There will be no interval. Finish time approx 14:00Company Apollon Musagete Quartet.
|3 Aug 15||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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R. Strauss & Mozart - T822360168Richard Strauss was just 20 when he composed his Suite - and steeped in the conservative musical traditions of his horn-player father, who revered Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven above all. It's a legacy present here in the young Strauss's music, but developed and transformed into something altogether more rich and strange. Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds set Strauss and his favourite composer, Mozart, side by side, presenting their very different takes on the 18th-century ?Harmonie' ensemble of wind instruments, and revealing the early seeds of Strauss's signature lyricism that would eventually flower in Der Rosenkavalier. There will be no interval. Finish time approx. 14:00Company London Winds. Conductor Michael Collins.
|4 Aug 14||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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Britten Up-Close - T1264404029A sequence of bittersweet works by Benjamin Britten for the third Proms Chamber Music concert. Pianist Imogen Cooper revisits music she first played as a student, Night Piece (Notturno), and accompanies Christianne Stotijn and James Gilchrist in Britten's unnerving story of absolute faith, Abraham and Isaac. The sublimated eroticism of My beloved is mine, the gentle curves of A Charm of Lullabies, the brittle elegance of Songs from the Chinese (with guitarist Christoph Denoth) and the tart miniature Master Kilby give an intimate portrait of the composer. There will be no intervalPerformer Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano). Performer James Gilchrist (tenor). Performer Christoph Denoth (guitar). Performer Imogen Cooper (piano).
|29 Jul 13||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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La Tarantella - T1160558401The tarantella, the entrancing dance form found in several Mediterranean countries, is the unifying thread here. L'Arpeggiata's programme recalls the popular myth that the bite of the tarantula could only be cured by music and dancing, a remedy known since the Middle Ages as 'tarantismo'. The associated songs and improvisations - tailored to match the varied symptoms of torpor, excitability and restlessness afflicting victims of the spider's poison - are revived in a virtuosic performance that transcends generic boundaries. The innovative period-instrument ensemble is joined by dancer Anna Dego. There will be no interval. Finish time approx. 14:00Company L'Arpeggiata. Director Christina Pluhar (theorbo).
|30 Jul 12||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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Les Talens Lyriques - T0642583088Couperin, Lully, Rameau and Monteclair expertly revived in an intimate conspectus of the French Baroque. Finish time: approx. 14:00Performer Eugenie Warnier (soprano). Company Les Talens Lyriques. Director Christophe Rousset (harpsichord).
|1 Aug 11||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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Brahms, Berg and Wolf - T01529075791Following the Schumann and Schubert songs of the first Proms Chamber Music recital, today's performers extend the Lieder repertoire towards three of its finest later exponents and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hugo Wolf. Brahms and Wolf broadened the art-song's range respectively towards dark-hued introspection and characterful vignettes, whereas Berg's expansive melodies touch on a heady post-Romantic atmosphere. Henk Neven returns after last night's Wagner, joined by fellow Radio 3 New Generation Artist Malin Christensson and young Dutch pianist Hans EijsackersPerformer Malin Christensson (soprano). Performer Henk Neven (baritone). Performer Hans Eijsackers (piano).
|2 Aug 10||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
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Belcea Quartet - T1436730565One of the UK's leading string quartets - and former Radio 3 New Generation Artists - pairs two strikingly original works in homage to two anniversary composers. Haydn's quartet comes from a period in the 1780s when he declared he was writing 'in a new and special way', and the second-movement set of variations is characteristically unexpected and quirky in its shifting contrasts of mood. Britten's atmospheric and evocative Second Quartet was composed in 1945 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell, and the finale is a 'Chacony' - an extended set of variations - which offers an extraordinary glimpse of Purcell's sound-world refracted through the imagination of a composer who loved his music. There will be no interval.Music Haydn (String Quartet in F sharp minor Op 50 No 4 - 19 mins). Music Britten (String Quartet No 2 - 31 mins).
|3 Aug 09||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
listing details L80279124
|Grieg (Violin Sonata No 3 - 23 mins). Music Tchaikovsky (Serenade melancolique - 8 mins). Music Tchaikovsky (Souvenir d'un lieu cher - 16 mins). Music Tchaikovsky (Valse-Scherzo - 5 mins). Performer Julia Fischer (violin). Performer Yakov Kreizberg (piano).|
|4 Aug 08||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
listing details L1292681974
|Stephen Layton. Company Polyphony. Music Vaughan Williams (Willow Song/O Mistress Mine/Come Away Death). Music Britten (Chorale after an Old French Carol/Shepherd's Carol). Music John Tavener (Sir - The Tyger/The Lamb).|
|13 Aug 07||Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103|
listing details L496604972