Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Bach, Bolivar and the Bat - April on the South Bank

Bach Choir - St Matthew Passion
Bach Choir - St Matthew Passion
April on the South Bank includes Strauss's Die Fledermaus, more celebrations with the rebuild Royal Festival Hall Organ, Bach's St Matthew Passion in English, the National Youth Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir and the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition winner.

On Thursday Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme which includes Berlioz's La mort de Cleopatre (with Ruxandra Donose) and Elgar's First Symphony (3/4). Fresh from his triumphs with Die Frau ohne Schatten at Covent Garden, Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Schubert's Ninth Symphony, a towering pairing (8/4). The Orchestra of St Paul's, conductor Ben Palmer is pairing Shostakovich's incidental music from Hamlet with Korngold's music from Much Ado About Nothing (29/4).

John Wilson conducts Strauss's Die Fledermaus, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and a strong cast including Simon Butteriss, Toby Spence, Alan Opie, Aga Mikolaj, Malin Christensson, Pamela Helen Stephen and Jacques Imbrailo (27/4).

The Bach Choir and their conductor David Hill give their annual performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, sung in English with a fine line up of singers including James Gilchrist as the Evangelist, Matthew Rose as Christ and soloists Susan Gritton, Robin Blaze, Andrew Staples and Roderick Williams, accompanied by Florilegium (6/4).

The Pull Out All the Stops Festival continues, celebrating the return of the full organ. The Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuela, conductor Lourdes Sanches, are performing at the Royal Festival Hall (5/4); organist Bernard Foccroulle collaborates with video artist Lynette Wallworth in a programme which combines music by Gubaidulina, Buxtehude, Messiaen, Bach and Alain with Wallworth's video projections (11/4). Jaku Hrusa conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and Bristol Choral Society in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass with Thomas Trotter playing the organ, in a programme which also includes Dvorak's Piano Concerto with Lukas Vondracek (13/4)

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth in a a pair of huge works, Thomas Ades' Asyla and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (19/4).

2012 Leeds International Piano Competition winner Federico Colli makes his South Bank Centre debut in a programme of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann (22/4)

Further information from the South Bank Centre website.

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