Sunday 2 February 2014

February on the South Bank

Akademi - South Asian Dance at the South Bank Centre
February on the South Bank includes major choral works from Elgar, Verdi, Poulenc and Brahms along with Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, there is also rare repertoire from Balakirev, Khachaturian and Kalinnikov plus a portrait of Karin Rehnqvist. As well as a rare appearance from Maurizio Pollini and some South Asian Dance from Akademi.

Nicholas Collon conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in RVW's Symphony No. 6, plus Thomas Ades's Concerto for Violin and chamber orchestra (Concentric Paths) with Pakka Kuuisto, Britten's Sea Interludes complete a very enticing programme (6/2)

Charles Dutiot conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Poulenc's Gloria and the complete ballet music from Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe (12/2). Still in choir mode, the Bach Choir under David Hill will be performing Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with Andre Staples, Jennifer Johnston and Roderick Williams and the wonderful Chetham's Symphony Orchestra (13/2). And Andris Nelson's Brahms cycle with the Philharmonia reaches Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with soloists Annette Dasch and James Rutherford (23/2). The Goldsmiths Choral Union joins the Philharmonia for Verdi's Requiem with soloists Nathalie Manfino, Tizian Carraro, Barry Banks and Brindley Sherratt, conducted by Brian Wright.

Moving into rarer repertoire, the London Philharmonic under Osmo Vanska are performing an all Russian programme with Balakirev's Islamey, Khachaturian's Piano Concerto (the one with the musical saw in the middle movement!) and Kalinnikov's Symphony No 1, the piano soloist is Marc-Andre Hamelin. The BBC Concert Orchestra has an intriguing concert with John Alden Carpenter's Krazy Kat, billed as a jazz pantomime for orchestra, and David Lang's concerto (world to come) plus Copland and Bernstein (24/2_

Philharmonia Orchestra's Music of Today is a portraid of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist, with a programme including UK premieres of Raven Chant and Quem chama.

The veteran pianist Maurizio Pollini performs Chopin and Debussy (18/2). And Akademi is presenting a triple bill of contemporary South Asian Dance (27, 29/2)

Further information from the South Bank Centre website.

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