|Christian Gerhaher at the Wigmore Hall - photo credit Simon Jay Price|
|John Gilhooly - credit Keith Saunders|
Henry Purcell: A Retrospective continues in 2015/16 with a complete performance of Dido and Aeneas with Trevor Pinnock and concerts from Vox Luminis, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, and an evening featuring the combination of countertenors Iestyn Davies and Andreas Scholl.
Residencies next season include a five concert series celebrating mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena including a concert where she is accompanied by her husband, Simon Rattle, and another with music from the 1920s and 1930s to be given at Wilton’s Music Hall (Gilhooley commented that there was no way the audience could dance at the Wigmore Hall, so they had to promote the concert elsewhere; the first time they have ever done so). French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras is Artist in Residence and there is a residency from baritone Christian Gerhaher. Other delights include a Shostakovich and Beethoven cycle from the Borodin Quartet, the continuation of Llŷr Williams’s Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle, Martha Argerich joins Stephen Kovacevich in celebration of his 75th birthday and the conclusion of The Mozart Odyssey, with Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien rounding off their survey of Mozart’s works for violin and piano, and Francesco Piemontesi beginning his cycle of the complete piano sonatas.
|Simon Rattle & Magdalena Kozena|
photo credit CEMA Jiri Slama
And just as exciting is the hall's early music programme. Next season, besides encompassing Purcell and Mozart, will see a residency from The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, an all-Mozart recital from pianist Robert Levin, Stile Antico’s tenth anniversary concert and a welcome return by Les Arts Florissants and William Christie.
But is isn't just soloists who get the limelight. The hall is also concerned to develop the new generation of accompanists and the series Introducing James Baillieu is a season of concerts featuring this outstanding young pianist performing with artists such as Henk Neven, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton and Ailish Tynan.
And the figures for their outreach programme, Wigmore Hall Learning, make impressive (and heartening) reading. 10,000 young people took part in Wigmore Hall activities in 2013/14; in fact when we arrive for the season launch the foyer us full of buggies as one of their Chamber Tots events was taking place). As part of the 2015/16 Schubert series there will not only be pre-concert talks and study days, but a lovely event called Lieder for the terrified which seems to be just what we need. Outreach covers not only schools (8 schools concerts in 2014/15) and events for pre-school children (46 events for 0-5 year olds), but work with the excluded at the Cardinal Hume Centre as well as work with those with dementia and their carers, with the Music for Life programme bringing together professional musicians, care staff and people living with dementia.
The 2015/16 season opens with a concert from counter-tenor Iestyn Davies and from then on, the goodies are simply too many to enumerate. You can look at the whole season from later today on the new Wigmore Hall website.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Emotional blast: Elizabeth Zharoff debuts in La Traviata at ENO - opera review
- Bravura Brilliance: Clare Hammond Etudes - Cd review
- Lyrically poetic: Mastersingers at ENO - Opera review
- Conservative but quirky: Valentin Molitor's Epinicion Marianum - CD review
- Vibrant performances: Cardinall's Musick in The Psalms of David - concert review
- Swing out loud: London A Cappella Festival - concert review
- Into the Jungle: New London Chamber Choir - concert review
- Beauty and imagination: Robin Tritschler and Graham Johnson - concert review
- Clarity and rhythmic sublety: Granados Danzas Espanolas - CD review
- Spectacular but unfocussed: Tales of Hoffmann, HD broadcast from the Met - opera review
- Macbeth by design: EPOC at Central St Martin's - opera review