Saturday, 15 March 2014

Temple Music 2014 season starts

Richard and Pauline Strauss
Richard and Pauline Strauss
On Tuesday 18 March, the Temple Music Season starts with the tempestuous marriage of Richard and Pauline Strauss and ends with the more harmonious marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann. The season features artists, Gillian Keith and Stephen Barlow, Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String Quartet, the Holst Singers, Greg Morris, John Tomlinson and Julius Drake, the Aurora Orchestra, and Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman and Julius Drake.

Gillian Keith (soprano) and Stephen Barlow (piano) are joined by actors Oliver Cotton and Marty Cruickshank for My Dearest Hedgehog - The tempestuous marriage of Richard and Pauline Strauss in which Strauss's songs (many written for Pauline or inspired by her) are interleaved with the narrative of their marriage in a dramatic concert devised and written by Henrietta Bredin. (18/3 Middle Temple Hall). A very different musical marriage is depicted by Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman and Julius Drake, that of Robert and Clara Schumann. They will be giving a complete performance of Schumann's Myrten, Schumann's wedding present to his wife, along with some of Schumann's duets Op.34 and Op.78 (9/7 Middle Temple Hall)

John Tomlinson and Julius Drake will be performing Schubert's Winterreise (9 June, Middle Temple Hall). 
Benjamin Grosvenor joins the Escher Quartet for a programme which mixes Dvorak's Piano Quintet with solo piano music by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Liszt, and Mendelssohn's Quartet in E flat Major Op.1. Grosvenor won the piano section of the BBC Young Musician in 2004 (when he was 12). (15/4 Middle Temple Hall).

 The Holst Singers and conductor Stephen Layton are presenting an all-Russian programme, combining excerpts from Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil (Vespers) with music from Gretchaninov's setting of the same service as well as music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Gorecki (14/5, Temple Church). Organist Greg Morris will be putting the Temple Church's restored Harrison and Harrison organ through its paces in music by Elgar and Bach (20/5 Temple Church).

The Aurora Orchestra will be performing a programme of wind music, including Mozart's Gran Partita and Dvorak's Serenade in D minor Op.44 (12/6 Temple Church). 

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