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Mitsuko Uchida at the Royal Festival Hall –  31st January 2017

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Mitsuko Uchida performs music by Mozart and Schumann at this International Piano Series concert.

Uchida has long devoted much attention to the mainstream German and Viennese repertoire, but she also takes a keen interest in the music of today.

Opening with one of Mozart’s best-loved sonatas, Uchida continues with another Schumann masterpiece: Kreisleriana, a work by turns turbulent, nightmarish and mischievous, inspired by the supernatural tales of ETA Hoffmann.

The programme concludes with Schumann’s great C major Fantasie, Op.17 – a giant love song for the composer’s future wife, Clara Wieck.

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Repertoire

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, K.545

Robert Schumann  Kreisleriana, Op.16

Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17

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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 19th January 2017

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Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO give the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering before Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, disturbing in its nihilistic despair yet attaining a true and monumental grandeur.

The orchestral forces used are formidable: eight horns, six trumpets, four trombones, two harps and celesta and strings to match. Yet while it was written at one of the happiest times in Mahler’s life, march-rhythms haunt the symphony. And in the final movement, the extensive percussion section is augmented by a huge hammer for three blows of fate, leading to perhaps the bleakest ending in all music.

Programme   

Mark-Anthony Turnage Remembering ‘In Memoriam Evan Scofield’ (world premiere, LSO co-commission)

Mahler Symphony No 6

Performers

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

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Daniil Trifonov in Recital at the Barbican – 21 January 2017

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Daniil Trifonov plays Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky: a rare London solo recital from the most talked-about pianist of his generation.

Trifonov is still only in his mid-20s, but critics are already running out of words to describe his playing:  This solo recital places him firmly in the Russian virtuoso tradition.

Stravinsky’s Three Pieces from Petrushka and Schumann’s Kreisleriana are both touchstones of master-pianism. But what adds another dimension to this recital is Trifonov’s choice of Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues: music to stretch mind and soul, as well as the fingers. As that same critic put it in October 2015, ’Trifonov’s playing has it all‘.

Programme

Schumann Kinderszenen

Toccata

Kreisleriana

Shostakovich Selections from 24 Preludes and Fugues:

No 7 in A major

No 2 in A minor

No 5 in D major

No 24 in D minor

Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka

Performer

Daniil Trifonov piano

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BBC Total Immersion Day: Philip Glass at 80 at the Barbican – 28th January 2017

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Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in an all-Glass programme, including the UK premiere of his Concerto, written for renowned piano duo and siblings, Katia and Marielle Labèque.

As a young violinist, Marin Alsop led the orchestra in the first recording of Glass’s The Photographer, and has long championed the influential Minimalist’s music. She also conducts Itaipú, Glass’s choral homage to the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, and the prelude to the opera Ahknaten about the Egyptian pharaoh.

Programme

Philip Glass Prelude to Akhnaten

Concerto for two pianos (UK premiere)

Itaipú

Performers

Marin Alsop conductor

Katia Labèque piano

Marielle Labèque piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Chorus

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Sampled at Sadler’s Wells – 3rd and 4th February 2017

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Celebrating a decade since its launch, Sampled is a chance for dance fans and newcomers alike to enjoy a diverse range of styles from some of the world’s finest dancers at a specially reduced price.

After a stunning performance at last year’s Sampled, Argentinian world champion tango dancers Julia Urruty and Claudio Gonzalez are coming back.

Also making welcome returns to Sadler’s Wells is Spanish experimental B-boy crew Iron Skulls Co’s Sinestesia, and the new generation of flamenco dancers dotdotdot dance with I come to my body as a question.

Contemporary dance is represented by Russell Maliphant Company with Still, performed by Dickson Mbi, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance performs an extract from their reimagining of Petipa’s La Bayadère.

In a sneak peek at what’s coming up later in the season, Northern Ballet perform an extract of Casanova, and Dorrance Dance merge tap and electronic music with a segment from ETM: Double Down.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Tango Fire at the Peacock Theatre – 31st January to 18th February 2017

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International tango superstar German Cornejo’s Tango Fire returns to The Peacock Theatre with amazing dancers accompanied by unforgettable live music.

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Tango Fire takes you on an explosive journey through the history and evolution of this most seductive art form, showcasing traditional tango’s rawness and sophistication while evoking the intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires.

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With some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the business, German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi are joined by a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including World Tango champions.

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Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House – 21st January to 14th February 2017

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The Royal Opera House present the first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi

Three movements are each inspired by one of Woolf’s novels – ‘I now, I then’ from Mrs Dalloway, ‘Becomings’ from Orlando and ‘Tuesday’ from The Waves – mingled with influences from her life and work.

Wayne McGregor’s ballet, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, and went on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

Woolf Works was McGregor’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet, and saw him reunited with regular collaborator Max Richter, who provides a commissioned score incorporating electronic and orchestral music.

Running time

The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including two intervals.

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La traviata at the Royal Opera House – 16th January to 1st February 2017

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Joyce El-Khoury, Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead three excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.

Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata goes beyond the surface glamour of Parisian life to expose the doomed love for Alfredo and Violetta, the opera was inspired by Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias – itself based on the true story of the courtesan Marie Duplessis

The story centres around Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta who fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship.

Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s score – its many highlights include Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’; the duet ‘Pura siccome un angelo’, as Giorgio Germont begs Violetta to leave Alfredo; and ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs.

Running time

The performance lasts about 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals.

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House – 13th to 30th January 2017

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George Benjamin conducts a talented cast in The Royal Opera’s first revival of his and Martin Crimp’s highly acclaimed opera.

George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin is one of the most successful new operas of recent times. Since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 it has been performed worldwide in numerous productions, to widespread acclaim.

The story centres around a powerful Protector who commissions a young artist to create an illuminated book to celebrate his power. The book and its artist, spark the rebellion of the Protector’s submissive wife Agnès.

Agnès compels the Boy to depict their relationship in his illuminations. The Protector cannot avoid understanding what he sees. He kills the Boy and serves his heart to Agnès. She remains defiant, and leaps to her death rather than let herself be killed.

Written on Skin draws on a 12th-century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillem de Cabestaing. Crimp explores  the story’s enduring themes of love, passion and violence, with a contemporary twist: mysterious 21st-century angels watch over the enfolding drama. Benjamin’s strikingly beautiful score – compared to Pelléas et Mélisande and Wozzeck – moves with breathtaking agility from moments of heightened stillness to unmistakable brutality.

Running time

The performance lasts about 1 hour 30 minutes; there is no interval.

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Giselle at the London Coliseum – 11th to 22nd January 2017

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Giselle is a haunting story of innocence and betrayal, a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love.

A young peasant girl, Giselle, is in love with the handsome Albrecht, a Duke who hides from her his nobility and his engagement to another. When she discovers he has deceived her, she is driven to madness, and dies of a broken heart.

The vengeful spirits of abandoned brides gather by her grave, ready to welcome Giselle into their fold, and force men to dance to their death. Will Giselle’s love protect Albrecht from his fate?

Moving from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a moonlit world of mystery and menace, Mary Skeaping’s production of Giselle features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and otherworldly images. Adolphe Adam’s score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic, adds to the powerful atmosphere.

Running Time

2hrs 15mins

Running time includes one interval of approximately 20 minutes.

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