Thursday 11 July 2013

Autumn at the Royal Academy of Music

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Autumn at the Royal Academy of Music sees their Haydn symphony and Bach cantata series continue, there are opportunities to hear the new organ (installed thanks to the generosity of Sir Elton John who was a junior exhibitioner at the Academy), distinguished soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones will be talking about her life, distinguished conductors include Christoph von Dohnnay, Masaaki Suzuki and Trevor Pinnock. Stockhausen's Gruppen makes an appearance as does a Massenet opera.

Royal Academy Opera are doing Massenet's charming fairytale opera Cendrillon directed by Christopher Cowell (18, 21, 22, 25/11).

The Academy's Haydn series continues apace. Both Christopher Hogwood and Dr Timothy Jones will be discussing their desert island Haydn symphonies (30/9, 11/10), Trevor Pinnock conducts the Academy Concert Orchestra in Haydn's Symphony no. 4 in D, plus music by Faure and Mozart (26/10). Haydn's symphonies no. 2, 26 and 36 feature in Margaret Faultless's concert with the Academy Baroque Orchestra (15/11)

The Academy's Bach Cantata series continues with Masaaki Suzuki conducting cantatas BWV5 and BWV41 (10/11). And Iain Ledingham directs cantatas BWV248iii, BWV183, BWV121 (1/12). There is a chance to hear the Academy's new Kuhn Organ in two Bach recitals by Danish organist Bine Bryndorf (17/11) and by Wolfgang Zerer (8/12)

Distinguished soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones will be talking about her life in the Barbilloli Lecture (27/9), a second lecture has Sir Mark Elder talking (25/10) and the third has guitarist John Williams (15/11). And there is a study day on travelling opera in Britain from the 19th century onwards (26/10)

Soprano Christina Gansch, winner of the 2012 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks award gives a recital of music by Purcell, Quilter, Schubert, Mahler and Wolf (31/10). Christopher von Dohnanyi will be conducting the Academy Concert Orchestra in Schubert's Unfinished Symphony (22/11)

The Academy Manson Ensemble will be playing alongside members of London Sinfonietta in a performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen and  music by Luigi Nono (6/10)

For anyone interested in exactly how a piano works, there is a fascinating illustrated talk on the Construction of the Modern Piano (22/10), and there is a lecture recital on Alkan's piano music using historic instruments (Alkan preferred Erard and Pleyel pianos) (27/11).

Further information from the Royal Academy of Music's website.

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