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This month's composer is Pfitzner
born 5th May 1869

 

CONCERTS, RECITALS AND WALKS, APRIL TO JUNE 2022

 For some of these events The Music Club of London has been able to obtain a group discount. To apply for any of them please contact the person named.

 OBERTO, VERDI’S FIRST OPERA PERFORMED BY THE CHELSEA OPERA GROUP AND ORCHESTRA

6pm Sunday 3rd April, Cadogan Hall 

A concert performance in Italian with English surtitles conducted by Matthew Scott Rogers. The singers are Stephan Loges (Oberto), Anush Hovhannisyan (Leonora), Peter Auty (Riccardo), and Carolyn Dobbin (Cuniza). 

Here is where it all began. Verdi’s first staged opera included so many of the themes that would

define his future output: infidelity, confrontations, a flawed but loving father, and an overarching

sense of political weight to the drama. 

Oberto’s daughter Leonora has been seduced and abandoned by one of his enemies, Riccardo,

and his attempt to disrupt the wedding to his new betrothed Cuniza eventually leads to a fatal duel. 

Drawing on tragic models by predecessors such as Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Verdi was

nonetheless already forging a distinct voice of his own. 

There is a pre-performance talk at 4.45 pm for ticket holders. 

Contact Katharine Chasey Turton: katharine.chasey@btinternet.com, 0207 281 5074.

 Tickets £33

 

THE SACCONI QUARTET

11.30am Sunday 10th April, Wigmore Hall 

For twenty years, the Sacconi Quartet have been captivating audiences with their unanimous and

compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed

in 2001, the four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for the string quartet

repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. 

The Sacconi enjoy a busy international career, performing regularly in leading concert halls in this

country and at music festivals both here and across Europe. They have also won several major

prizes across the world at Europe’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. They

have also won several major prizes in string quartet and chamber music competitions.  

This morning’s recital comprises Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 78, No. 2, ‘Fifths’, and

Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131. 

Ann Archbold (annarchbold@tiscali.co.uk, 020 7625 6976) will accompany the group. 

Tickets: £16.00 or £14.00 (concessions), including coffee/sherry/juice.

  

A GALA EVENING WITH RENÉE FLEMING

7.30pm Friday 22nd April, Royal Festival Hall 

The celebrated soprano Reneé Fleming performs in a programme of operatic music. Enrique Mazzola conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 Dvorak             Overture: Othello

Verdi                Ballet music from Macbeth: Willow Song

Verdi                Ave Maria from Othello

Strauss            Introduction to Moonlight Music

Strauss            Finale from Capriccio 

Catherine Dobson (catherinemd@yahoo.co.uk 07855 986 362) will accompany the group. 

Tickets: £20

  

THE AQUINAS PIANO TRIO

11.30am Sunday 8th May, Wigmore Hall 

The Trio was formed in 2009 and has quickly become one of England’s leading ensembles.

Musical Opinion has praised the “exquisite virtuosity from all the players, with beautiful tone and

flawless unity and movement”, while in its recording of the two Saint-Saëns trios Gramophone

considered the group to be “spot-on in interpretative instinct”. 

This morning the programme comprises Haydn’s Piano Trio in G, Rachmaninov’s Trio Elégiaque No.1 in G minor and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio No.2 in E minor. 

Ann Archbold (annarchbold@tiscali.co.uk, 020 7625 6976) will accompany the group. 

Tickets: £16.00 or £14.00 (concessions), including coffee/sherry/juice.

  

MY FAIR LADY,  ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA

2pm Thursday 19th May, The Coliseum 

For the first time in over two decades this much-loved musical is to be revived in the West End

featuring the English National Opera Orchestra playing Frederick Lowe’s ravishing score. This

new production is the ten times Tony-nominated Broadway revival which previously played at the

Lincoln Centre Theatre in New York. 

My Fair Lady is based on the play by George Bernard Shaw and follows the fortunes of Eliza Doolittle as she is transformed by linguistics professor Henry Higgins from being a humble Cockney flower seller into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed?

 Jean Lines (jean.lines28@gmail.com, 020 8467 8713) will accompany the group. 

Tickets: £49.50 in the Dress Circle.

  

THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA AND BACH CHOIR

7.30pm Saturday 28th May Royal Festival Hall 

The programme consists of Mendelssohn’s Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), the Grieg: Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (Choral). Ivana Gavric is the piano soloist 

“We can hear the breaking of the waves, almost see the basalt columns and strange colours, and above all experience the overwhelming vastness of the cavern. Many composers have used music to depict the physical world, but in Fingal's Cave, Mendelssohn set an example that has never been equalled.” (Geoff Kuenning) 

“Grieg’s Piano Concerto was an instant success and many expected Grieg to replicate it soon after with a second concerto for the instrument. Intriguingly, though, he never chose to write another. The driving, anthemic outer movements, sandwiched either side of the most beautiful Adagio, combine to create a stunning work that’s hard to beat, a fact the composer was shrewd enough to realise.” (Classic FM). 

“Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is arguably the central artwork of Western music. It is as much of

a challenge now as it was in 1824 to its listeners, to performers, and to every composer who has

written a symphony since. But it’s not because this piece is a monolithic monument of certainty;

instead, it’s because its gigantic, irrefutable musical power is a wellspring of endless renewal and

possibility.” (Tom Service) 

Contact: Catherine Dobson, catherinemd@yahoo.co.uk, 07855 986 362 

Tickets: £23.60

 

GEMMA SUMMERFIELD (Soprano) AND SEBASTIAN WYBREW (Piano)

3pm Sunday 5th June, Wigmore Hall 

Described in The Times as “an obvious star in the making”, Gemma Summerfield won the First Prize at the Tenor Viňas Contest and the 2019 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino and was a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Cup 2018. In the current season she makes her role debut as Mimi in La Bohème for Northern Ireland Opera and her house debut at Opéra National du Rhin as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte.In this recital she will perform songs by a variety of composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Warlock and Strauss, and two songs from Chants d’Auvergne by Canteloube, 

Sebastian Wybrew has appeared with many of the UK’s most eminent performers, including Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman and Iestyn Davies. In 2014 he made his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Ian Bostridge, and his long-standing duo with Sophie Bevan saw them make their critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 2011. 

Ann Archbold will accompany the group. Tel: 020 7625 6976, Email: annarchbold@tiscali.co.uk. 

Tickets: £16 or £14 (concessions).

 

BEETHOVEN THE REVOLUTIONARY

7.30pm Tuesday 21st June, Cadogan Hall 

Sir Andrew Davis conducts  the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavel Kolesnikov is the pianist and John Suchet is the presenter at this all Beethoven concert. The programme is the King Stephen Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor“ and Symphony No. 7. 

Pavel Kolesnikove became a sensation at the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition when he took home the world’s largest piano prize. The London-based pianist was born in Siberia and studied piano and violin for ten years before concentrating solely on the piano.

Following his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014 The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and described it as “one of the most memorable of such occasions which London has witnessed for a while.” 

Composed in 1809 during the French invasion of Austria, it is a miracle that Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto was ever completed. Beethoven was lodging next to the city ramparts as Napoleon’s army bombarded Vienna and he was struggling with his increasing deafness. Unlike ny concerto that came before it in scale and virtuosity, Pavel Kolesnikov joins the Orchestra to perform this musical testament to the freedom of man. 

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is filled with insistent rhythms which drive it relentlessly forward. Is it a work of joy? Or, as Wagner declared, ‘the apotheosis of dance’? Of glorious revelling in life despite adversity? Or of obsessive mania? Without doubt it is filled with music which at the time was revolutionary, so much so that some of the musicians at the first performances declared that Beethoven must have been drunk when he wrote it! Whatever the inspiration, conductor Sir Andrew Davis will draw you into this masterpiece and take you on a powerful journey through darkness to light.

Contact: Katharine Chasey Turton: katharine.chasey@btinternet.com, 0207 281 5074 

Tickets £27 (discounted)

 

 OPERA NORTH: PARSIVAL

4pm Sunday 26th June, Royal Festival Hall 

A semi-staged performance of Wagner’s last work, in German with English surtitles.Approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes (including two intervals).

 Richard Farnes            conductor,

Toby Spence                Parsifal

Katarina Karneus         Kundry

Brindley Sherratt         Gurnemanz

Robert Hayward          Amfortas

Eric Greene                 Klingsor

Chorus of Opera North

 Parsifal is a story of suffering, compassion, and, ultimately, redemption, centred on the community of knights who guard the Holy Grail. Wagner said it was his ‘farewell to the world’, and so it proved. It was his final opera.Widely regarded as the most mysterious of Wagner’s music dramas, debates about Parsifal’s ultimate meaning continue to rage. What is beyond argument is the overwhelming power and beauty of Wagner’s music, which reaches new heights of expressive intensity in this work. 

 “No other work by Wagner has such radiance as Parsifal, and no other is so subtle and rich. It is where Wagner provides his final instruction on how to be better people, how to set up a better community and how to create a better world.” (Music Club of London member Paul Dawson-Bowling)

 Contact: Catherine Dobson, catherinemd@yahoo.co.uk 07855 986 362

 Tickets: £20

  

GUIDED WALKS

 

A WALK ON THE DARKSIDE

10.50 for 11am Thursday 21st April, meet at Blackfriars Underground Station 

Join Ann Archbold, a qualified London City Guide, for a walk in and out of the alleyways and lanes off Fleet Street to hear about the murderous characters and nefarious goings-on in Medieval and later times. 

Ann Archbold: Tel 020 7625 6976, email annarchbold@tiscali.co.uk 

Tickets: £9.00 members, £10.00 guests

  

A WALK AROUND HIGHGATE 

10.50 for 11am Wednesday 15th June, meet at Highgate Underground Station by ticket barrier   

Join Ann Archbold, a qualified London City Guide, for a walk around Highgate to learn about  hermits and highwaymen, poets and priests, and see where some of London’s A-listers live(d). 

Ann Archbold: Tel 020 7625 6976, email annarchbold@tiscali.co.uk 

Tickets: £9.00 members, £10.00 guests

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