Friday 5 July 2013

Wigmore Hall new season - September/October 2013

Wigmore Hall, new season, 2013-2014
The Wigmore Hall's new season opens in rather spectacular fashion, with some very fine song recitals indeed. In the first week there are recitals from Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel and Malcolm Martineau performing Schumann and Schubert (7/9), Anne Schwanewilms and Robert Vignoles in Debussy and Schumann's Liederkreis (9/9), Roman Trekel and Malcolm Martineau in Schumann's Dichterliebe plus music by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and Richard Strauss (10/9), Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake in Schubert (13/9) and Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger performing Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern, Strauss and Schoenberg (14/9). Also included in the opening week is a visit from Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi in an all Vivaldi programme (12/9). And Menhaem Pressler celebrates his 80th birthday in concert with friends Alexander Kerr, Lawrence Power and Paul Watkins (9/9)

Cellist Steven Isserlis joins with a number of other performers for the first in a four concert series, Music in the Shadow of War which looks at music in the 1930's. The first concert includes music by Frank Bridge, Faure, Debussy and Shostakovich

Ian Page's Classical Opera returns with a performance of Mozart's sacred singspiel, Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (24/9)

Baritone Matthias Goerne performs two programmes, with harpist Sarah Christ and with pianist Andreas Haefliger, performing Schubert, Wolf and Liszt (25, 27/9). Whilst mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirschlager and Helmut Deutsch present a programme of songs by Haydn and Beethoven plus Schumann's Liederkreis. (26/9). Christian Gerhaher makes a welcome appearance, accompanied by Gerold Huber in a programme which includes songs by Faure and Schumann, plus Schumann's Dichterliebe and the UK premiere of Jorg Widmann's Song cycle for baritone and piano (28/10).

Young American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke makes her Wigmore Hall debut, accompanied by Julius Drake, performing Brahms, Wolf, Ravel and Ravel plus Britten's A Charm of Lullabies and George Crumb's Three Early Songs (30/9). Toby Spence and Julian Milford will be performing Britten's The Holy Sonnets of John Donne alongside music by Purcell, Beethoven and Brahms (11/10).

The Wigmore Hall is introducing a new series, Songlives, overseen by pianist Malcolm Martineau; these concerts will examine composers in detail. The first programme looks at the whole of Schumann's song writing career with soprano Miah Persson and baritone Florian Boesch.(5/10). And Christiane Karg and Michael Schade look at Richard Strauss (17/10) Lucy Crowe and Christopher Maltman present a programme of songs by Debussy (29/10).

Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis, winners of the 2012 Gramophone Record of the Year, make their Wigmore Hall debut with a programme of music by the Bach family (29/9). The ensemble L'Arpeggiata, directed by Christina Pluhar are resident during the season, their first concert Mediterraneo is driven by the energy of the tarantella (10/10). Violinist Viktoria Mullova with Accademia Bizantina directed by Ottavio Dantone perform an all Bach concerto programme including a number of transcriptions(18/10). Florilegium, director Ashley Solomon, and counter-tenor Robin Blaze are performing a programme which includes Bach's Cantata BWV170 and Pergolesi's Salve Regina, plus music by Handel and Telemann (23/10)

Hard to believe, but the English Concert is 40 and in celebration there are giving a series of concerts starting with a programme of concertos and concerto grossos by Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi directed by their founder, Trevor Pinnock (15/10)

The young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor plays a programme of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Medtner and Ravel, concluding with Liszt's dazzling Valse from Gounod's Faust. Cellist Matthew Barley comes to rest as part of his his marathon Around Britten tour, his programme which includes performing Britten's Cello Suite no. 3 with visuals by Yeast Culture (24/10).

The Arditti String Quartet celebrate founder Irvine Arditti's 60th birthday with a programme which includes three UK premieres and two modern masterpieces, opening with Bryan Ferneyhough's Intermmedio all ciaccona first performed by Irvine Arditti in 1986. (16/10). More Brian Ferneyhough, this time his String Quartet no. 2 performed by Quator Diotima with music by Jean Barraque, Toshio Hosokawa and Bartok (19/10)

The Scottish Ensemble, artistic director Jonathan Morton perform music by Tippett and Martin Suckling, alongside Mendelssohn and Morton's arrangement of Brahms's String Quintet in G, Op. 111 (26/10).

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