Tuesday 5 August 2014

Wigmore Hall new season - part two, November and December

Wolfgang Holzmair -   © Photo: Ernest W. Gruber
Wolfgang Holzmair
© Photo: Ernest W. Gruber
We continue our look (see our first article) at the 2014/15 season at the Wigmore Hall, with our selection of highlights from November and December . These include recitals Carolyn Sampson, Roderick Williams, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, and Wolfgang Holzmair and many others. The Hilliard Ensemble makes their final ever concert. And seasonal offerings include the Early Opera Company in Messiah and Stile Antico in Christmas Music.

November starts with a new series of concerts celebrating soprano Carolyn Sampson. She is joined by Julius Drake for a programme of song by Grieg, Brahms, Debussy, Faure and Poulenc, including Poulenc's Fiancailles pour rire (2/11). Baritone Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside are performing Purcell, Gurney and Schubert, plus Britten's Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (8/11). This year's Samling Scholars are presented in a showcase, with performances from soprano Lucy Hall, mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly, tenor baritone Joshua Owen Mills, Ross Ramgobin and pianist James Sherlock. They will also be joined by Patron Sir Thomas Allen accompanied by Malcolm Martineau (12/11).
BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concerts feature a pair of counter tenors - Andreas Scholl with pianist Tamar Halperin performs folk-songs from all over the world (17/11) and Philippe Jaroussky gives an all Vivaldi programme (8/11).

The Prince Consort
The Prince Consort
The Prince Consort, soprano Anna Lees, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Andrew Staples, baritone Philip Smith and pianist Alisdair Hogarth, are joined by pianist Malcolm Martineau for an all Schumann programme including the Spanisches Liederspiel and Spanisches Liebeslieder (17/11). Soprano Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau are also performing Robert Schumann, alongside songs by Clara and by Brahms (18/11).

Baritone Wolfgang Holzmair is giving a pair of masterclasses, followed by a showcase concert (18,19,20/11). Holzmair is also joining the Nash Ensemble for a concert as part of their 50th anniversary season in which they perform Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Schoenberg's arrangement and Scottish folksong arrangements by Weber, plus music by Mozart and Schubert (22/11).

Baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky and pianist Ivari Ilja perform Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mahler and Strauss (23/11). Soprano Miah Persson joins Ian Page and Classical Opera for arias by Haydn and Mozart (26/11). Tenor Christoph Pregardien is joined by his son Julian, also a tenor, with pianist Michael Gees for songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Silcher (a contemporary of Schubert's) and Schubert, with many of the songs arranged for two voices (27/11). Soprano Sophie Bevan and pianist Sebastian Wybrew perform a programme of songs inspired by the First World War (14/12). Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber perform an all Mahler programme (17, 19/12). John Mark Ainsley and Malcolm Martineau pair Beethoven's only song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte with Schubert's Schwanengesang (18/12).

The Hilliard Ensemble - photo Marco Borggreve
The Hilliard Ensemble
photo Marco Borggreve
The Hilliard Ensemble's final concert in their farewell tour takes place on 20 December, with a programme which mixes music by Perton and Sheryngham with Piers Hellawell, Arvo Part, Heiner Goebbels and Roger Marsh (20/12). 

Wigmore Hall Associate Artists the Takacs Quartet gives the first of a series concerts, they are joined by viola player Louise Williams for a programme of Beethoven and Mozart (3,10/11). Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax join forces for a programme of violin sonatas by Schubert, Grieg and Prokofiev (21/11). Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown are joined by players from the Aurora Orchestra and by the Carducci String Quartet for an all Mozart programme which includes his Quintet in e flat for piano and winds K452 (28/11).

November 29 is a day devoted to the viola, with viola players Garth Kkox, Antoine Tamestit, Rosalind Ventris and Tabea Zimmerman, plus pianist Thomas Hopper  in three concerts covering the whole of the viola repertoire from Purcell through to contemporary pieces, with a programme of Lionel Tertis's arrangements and compositions, and a programme of key 20th century works by Clarke, Bridge, Hindemith and Bax (29/11)

Florilegium and Ashley Solomon are joined by tenor James Gilchrist for cantatas and concertos by Bach, Buxtehude, Telemann and Zelenka (3/11). Freiburg Baroque Orchestra perform and all Mozart programme including the Serenata Notturna (13/11). Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI are joined by Mexican musicians from Tembembe Ensemble Continuo for an evening exploring the links between baroque music and traditional music (5/12). The Cardinall's Musick and Andrew Carwood start off their series looking at the music of Robert Fayrfax with Mary Queen of Heaven including Fayrfax's votive antiphon Aeternae laudis lillium commissioned by Elizabeth of York (Henry VII's wife) (8/12).

Max Emanuel Cencic - photo Laidig
Max Emanuel Cencic
photo Laidig
Counter-tenor Max Emanuel Cencic joins Il Pomo d'Oro, director Riccardo Minasi for a selection of arias and concertos by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara, Brescianello, Gasparini, Galuppi, Porta and Giomelli (12/12).

Ensemble Intercontemporain performs a new commission from Bruno Mantovani, director of the Paris Conservatoire, plus Dallapiccola's Due studi and Schoenberg's Pierro Lunaire with soprano Salome Heller (11/11). The Britten Sinfonia is performing Michael Berkeley's Re-Inventions along with a new work by Patrick John Johns, and music by Nielsen and Crawford Seeger (3/12). A new series featuring new commissions for strings, is launched with the Belcea Quartet performing a new work from Mark-Anthony Turnage (6/12).

There is a chance to perform on the Wigmore Hall stage at the Come and Singe: Mozart workshop day (15/11)

Christian Curnyn directs the Early Opera Company with soloists Sophie Bevan, Hilary Summers, Allan Clayton and James Platt in Handel's Messiah (23/12). And we round off the year with Stile Antico performing Flemish and German Christmas music (31/12).

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