Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The programme consisted of An die ferne Geliebte (to the distant lover) transcription of the songs - Beethoven - Liszt, Gondoliera from Annees de Pelerinage, Italy 2nd year - Liszt, Jeux d'eaux - Liszt, Legende no.2 St. Franciscus marchant sur les flots - Liszt, Echoes - Mokranjac and Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky.
Serbian Rita Kinka gave a brilliant performance that delighted everyone in attendance at Norwich Playhouse on an emotional evening. The highlight of the recital had to be Echoes, a piece which is reflective and gentle composed by Vasilije Mokranjac who is probably the most famous Serbian composer.
With a line-up of Nicholas Daniel - oboe, Sarah Burnett - bassoon and Huw Watkins - piano Britten Sinfonia brought us a programme that consisted of Trio Sonata No.24 - Handel, Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon - Andre Previn, The Homing Call - Elspeth Brooke and Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano - Poulenc.
Half way through the final piece of music being played a member of the audience collapsed and unfortunately brought the concert to an early finish. As you would expect the music played was of the highest standard and was the world premiere of Elspeth Brooke's The Homing Call. This was a jazz influenced concert and showed Britten Sinfonia's commitment to playing in Norwich.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
I made my way from Norwich to London by train via Cambridge and after a tea of thai red curry, aubergine, butternut squash and oyster mushroom, jasmine rice with flat bread and mango pickle at The Barbical Foodhall I eagerly looked forward to the concert.
The programme consisted of Hidd'n Blue - Francisco Coll, In Seven Days for Piano and Orchestra - Thomas Ades, Selection from Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Mahler and Tevot - Thomas Ades. To mark the start of 2012, the year of the London Olympics the London Symphony Orchestra has chosen to feature British music and the work of living British composers.
This was the world premiere of a revised Hidd'n Blue from Francisco Coll who is a current pupil of Thomas Ades. The composer described his work as 3D music for a virtuoso orchestra of the 21st century. This was an exciting start to the programme with a piece that was full of colour and the union of opposites.
In Seven Days was originally conceived as a joint work in collaboration with film-maker and video artist Tal Rosner. Tonight it was performed by piano and orchestra without the visuals. The piece has seven movements reflecting the seven days of Biblical creation. On the first day God created heaven and earth, and light and darkness. By day four we have stars, the sun and the moon. On day seven we reach contemplation.
Between 1887 and 1901 Gustav Mahler set two dozen poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn which translate to The Boy's Wonder Horn, a collection of folk-style verse by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano. Tonight we experienced a selection of these with tenor Toby Spence.
The concert concluded with Tevot which is another Thomas Ades composition. The Hebrew word tevot is the ordinary musical term for bars and can also mean words. It appears just twice in the Bible. For the ark built by Noah and for the reed basket made by Moses' mother to float him on the Nile.
The highlight of the concert for me was Tevot which gave us a magnificent uplifting sonic experience to crown a night of splendid music. The Barbican is a great place to be on your birthday especially with a programme of brilliant music. Thomas Ades and the London Symphony Orchestra are a winning combination.
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
The programme consisted of In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 - Bach, Imperial March - Elgar, Fantasia Ut re mi so fa - Byrd, La Nativite Du Seigneur - V - Les Enfants De Dieu - Messian, From the Orgelbuchlien: Herr Christ, Der Ein'Ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601, Lob Sei Dem Allmachtigen Gott BWV 602, Von Himmel Hoch, Da Komm' Ich Her BWV 606 - Bach, Noel etranger - D'Aquin, Passacaglia in D BuxWV 161 - Buxtehude, Hymne d'actions de graces Te Deum (from Trois paraphases gregoriennes Op.5) - Langlais and Festmusick from Vag a leve (Dare to live) - Takle.
This was a wonderful and varied programme that thrilled everyone in attendance at Norwich Cathedral at the beginning of a new year. A time to celebrate and as the closing piece states dare to live.
The programme consisted of Estudiantina Waltz - Waldteufel, Overture Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna - Von Suppe, Egyptian March - Johann Strauss II, Waltz Wine, Women and song - Johann Strauss II, Annen Polka - Johann Strauss II, Ballsirenen Waltz from The Merry Widow - Johann Strauss II, Schnellpost Polka - Johann Strauss II, Polka from Schwanda the Bagpiper - Weinberger, Gold and Silver Waltz - Lehar, Scene and Waltz from Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky, Leichtes Blut Polka Schnell - Johann Strauss II, Quodlibet A Guid New Year - Arr Geoff Davidson, Waltz On the Beautiful Blue Danube - Johann Strauss II and (Encore) Radetsky March - Johann Strauss II.
This was the sixth time that the Orchestra have brought the flavour of a traditional Viennese concert to New Year's Day at St. Andrew's Hall which was packed and resulted in the venue selling out of programmes. The concert was full of fun and humour as Geoff Davidson entertained us between the music. We all left the Hall humming the tunes with smiles on our faces looking forward to the new year.
The programme consisted of Praeludium in g No.1 - Tunder, Hymnus Rex Christe factor omnium (O Christ, our King, Creator, Lord) - Praetorius, Motet coloration Alleluja, laudem dicite deo nostro (Allejuia, declare praise to our God) - Scheidemann, Piece d'Orgue BWV 572 - Bach, Sonata No.II in d - Mendelssohn and 5 Chorale Variations on: Herr Jesus hat ein Gartchen - Peeters.
This was a wonderful celebration of Northern European Organ Music to bring in the new year. The Church looked beautiful with displays of colourful flowers as we were treated to a splendid programme that included Heinrich Scheidemann's Allejuia, declare praise to our God.