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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Orchestras from the Czech Republic, Armenia, China, Russia and Hungary, and major UK choral ensembles: Cadogan Hall announces its orchestral and choral series for 2021/22

Cadogan Hall
Cadogan Hall
Cadogan Hall has announced the 2021/22 season for both its Zurich International Orchestra Series and Choral at Cadogan, featuring orchestras from the Czech Republic, Armenia, China, Russia and Hungary and four UK choirs, the Tallis Scholars, the Cardinall's Musick, Voces8 and The Sixteen.

The opening concert of the orchestral season gives us a chance to hear a Czech orchestra in an all-Czech programme when Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Brno Philharmonic in Janacek's Taras Bulba, Korngold's Violin Concerto (with Chloe Hanslip) and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. Korngold, whilst being thought of as Austrian, was in fact born in Brno. One of the interesting things about the season is the way the orchestras often play music by their countrymen. So the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its chief conductor Sergey Smbatyan, is bringing Khachaturan's Masquerade Suite plus music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The China Symphony Orchestra (of Shenzhen), conductor Daye Lin, performs a piece by the contemporary Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang (interestingly his teachers include Alexander Goehr), plus Mahler and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Vadim Repin. 

And there is more Tchaikovsky from the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (originally the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra), conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, including Sergei Davydchenko in the Piano Concerto No 1. Whilst the Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk is conducted by Thomas Sanderling in Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with Jennifer Pike. Andras Keller conducts Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, plus music by Beethoven (with Angela Hewitt) and Mozart.

Choral at Cadogan begins with the Tallis Scholars celebrating Josquin 500 including his Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae, whilst the Cardinall's Musick interleave works by two Elizabethan contemporaries, Byrd's Mass for four voices and music by Orlando Gibbons with works by two contemporary composers, Arvo Part and John Tavener. Voces8 brings a programme of music celebrating regeneration, including a new commission by American composer Taylor Scott Davis, music by the Icelandic composer Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013), Jonathan Dove and many more. Christmas will feature the regular visit from The Sixteen with a programme which mixes traditional items with music by Bob Chilcott and Alec Roth. 

There are more Choral at Cadogan concerts to be announced for Spring 2022, but the season will end with the Tallis Scholars' postponed Spem in Allium concert featuring Tallis' 40-part motet as part of an all-Tallis programme.

Full details from the Cadogan Hall website.

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