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26 Jul



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Ray Chen violin
The BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region was his first large-scale masterpiece, setting the visionary words of Walt Whitman.
Sir Andrew Davis also conducts Tchaikovsky’s swashbuckling The Tempest and the first performance of Anthony Payne’s Of Land, Sea and Sky. Bruch’s radiant First Violin Concerto completes the programme.


Pyotr Tchaikovsky : The Tempest
Anthony Payne : Of Land, Sea and Sky
Max Bruch : Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams : Toward the Unknown Region

27 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7pm 
Michael Berkeley Premiere
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Paul Dukas’s brief, intoxicating ballet La Péri opens tonight’s Prom, before Chloë Hanslip gives the world premiere of a new Violin Concerto by Michael Berkeley.

Jac van Steen conducts excerpts from one of the most dramatic and colourfully scored of all ballets, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, a highlight of our series marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.


Chloë Hanslip violin
Diego Espinosa tabla
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen conductor


Paul Dukas : La Péri – Fanfare
Michael Berkeley : Violin Concerto
Sergei Prokofiev : Romeo and Juliet

28 Jul



United Kingdom
 Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Sigyn Fosnes, Ásdis Valdimarsdóttir, Ruth Nelson, Kari Ravnan, Simon Lane
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Wales
United Kingdom
01970 623232
http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/
cardiff_new_music_collective@yahoo.co.uk

Sigyn Fossnes (violin) Ásdis Valdimarsdóttir (viola) Ruth Nelson (viola) * Kari Ravnan (cello) Simon Lane (piano) Joseph Shiner (clarinet) * Anya Fadina (piano)*



Kenneth Hesketh : Threats and Declamations
Per Husby : ‘Mechanic Breath’ for violin, piano and music box

28 Jul



Austria
 Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7pm 
The Exterminating Angel
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at



With its fusion of realistic, surreal and religious elements, El ángel exterminador constitutes a summa of Buñuel’s oeuvre prior to his late French works. Thomas Adès has chosen the film as the basis for his third opera: ‘It’s territory that I like very much because it looks as though the people are in a room, but it’s not really about the room, they’re actually trapped in their own heads.’ The enclosed, self-contained situation links the subject with both of Adès’s earlier works for the stage: with the hotel room of the Duchess of Argyll in his chamber opera Powder Her Face (1995), described in a recent article in the Observer as already having the status of a modern classic, and with Prospero’s island in the Shakespeare-based opera The Tempest, which since its first performance in London in 2004 has also impressed audiences at the Met, the Vienna State Opera and other houses, further cementing Adès’s reputation as one of today’s most exciting (opera) composers. The librettist of The Exterminating Angel, Tom Cairns, who is also directing the premiere, has reduced the twenty-one main characters of Buñuel’s film to fifteen by merging a number of figures, still an astonishing number of protagonists, making The Exterminating Angel a true ensemble opera. In musical terms this means that it will deal less with the psychology of the individual figures than express the often abrupt changes in emotional temperature of the communication and human relationships, realizing individual and collective moods. ‘Particularly in opera, you have to deal with the creation of atmos-phere, of emotional atmosphere’, emphasizes Adès; however, this atmosphere should not have the character of decorative accompaniment but arise directly from the musical fabric. The fact that the situations in The Exterminating Angel constantly tip over into the absurd and surreal makes the story all the more attractive for Adès: the musicologist Richard Taruskin had already called him ‘a surrealist composer’ in 1999, and Tom Service, a writer on music intimately familiar with Adès’s works, admires how the composer casts even very familiar musical ingredients – major and minor chords, say, or sequences of simple intervals – in a wholly new light, making them sound ‘rich and strange’.

SCHEDULE

July 28, 2016 19:00:00
August 01, 2016 19:00:00
August 05, 2016 19:00:00
August 08, 2016 19:00:00


Thomas Ades : The Exterminating Angel

29 Jul 
 
30 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
Orion Orchestra
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Wales
United Kingdom
01970 623232
http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/
cardiff_new_music_collective@yahoo.co.uk

Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor)



Kenneth Hesketh : Notte Oscura

31 Jul



United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 3.45pm 
Aurora Orchestra – Wolfgang Rihm, Strauss and Mozart
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

François Leleux oboe
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor
Tom Service presenter

It’s difficult to imagine how Mozart could have followed his final symphony, the ‘Jupiter’ – a work of such scale, majesty and intensity. Tom Service and Nicholas Collon unpick Mozart’s continuous stream of joy and invention, allowing us to get under the skin of this great work, which the Aurora Orchestra plays from memory.

Before it, one of the world’s leading oboists, François Leleux, plays Strauss’s twisting, singing Oboe Concerto – itself preceded by Wolfgang Rihm’s Hunted Form, whose animal energy suggests a pursuit more physical than a search merely for musical structure.


Wolfgang Rihm : Gejagte Form
Richard Strauss : Oboe Concerto in D major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Symphony No 41 in C major, 'Jupiter'

1 Aug 
 
2 Aug



Austria
 Tuesday, August 02, 2016 at  
CERHA UND KURTÁG
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Thomas Adès, Piano
Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson, Violin
Andrew Bulbrook, Violin
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
Eric Byers, Cello



Thomas Ades : Piano Quintet
Gyorgy Kurtag : 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 44
Thomas Ades : Arcadiana
Franz Schubert : String Quartet No. 14 in D minor

3 Aug 
 
4 Aug 
 
5 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 05, 2016 at 7.30pm 
National Youth Orchestra of Wales
St David's Hall
Cardiff
United Kingdom

National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

This year the oldest national youth orchestra in the world celebrates 70 years of first class music making, and returns to St David's Hall for this its final concert of the 2016 tour, once again showcasing the fantastic talent of its members. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Orchestra in a wonderful programme which includes a specially written piece by NYOW Alumnus Gareth Wood in celebration of this incredible milestone anniversary.



Gareth Wood : A Fanfare for Our Youth
Béla Bartók : Concerto for Orchestra
Richard Strauss : Ein Heldenleben

5 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 05, 2016 at 7.30pm 
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Edward Gardner conductor

Open your ears to the music of the universe as the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers embarks on a voyage back through a century of space discovery.

The journey begins with Gravitational Waves by German composer Iris ter Schiphorst. This is music for the here and now, for the beginning of a new era in astronomy. Fasten your seat belts and prepare for a thrilling ride to new musical frontiers as the original sound of the gravitational wave echoes through the orchestra and individual players gradually become one united force.

Next are two of classical music’s must-hear pieces: Strauss’sAlso Sprach Zarathustra, with its glorious, spine-tingling opening fanfare made famous by Stanley Kubrik’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Holst’sThe Planets completed by Colin Matthews’ Pluto:The Renewer. This music never fails to stir the emotions with its huge melodies and luscious harmonies and in the hands of these young musicians, it will fizz with an explosive, barely containable energy.

The countdown is on - join us for a fearless, totally teenage cosmic adventure.


Richard Strauss : Also Sprach Zarathustra
Gustav Holst : The Planets
Iris ter Schiphorst : Gravitational Waves

5 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 05, 2016 at 1pm 
National Youth Orchestra of Wales - Young Composers
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444
http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/
sdhreception@cardiff.gov.uk

Chamber ensembles of NYOW players

Young Composers is the latest addition to the National Youth Arts Wales family and features some of Wales' most exciting creative young talent.

In this lunchtime concert the composers present their brand new music, written during the preceding residency specifically for and performed by chamber ensembles of NYOW players.


Contemporary Composers : Various

6 Aug



Austria
 Saturday, August 06, 2016 at 8.30pm 
CERHA UND KURTÁG
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Sylvain Cambreling, Conductor
Natalia Zagorinskaya, Soprano
Klangforum Wien



Friedrich Cerha : Les Adieux
Gyorgy Kurtág : Messages of the Late Miss R. V. Troussova, Op. 17
Anton Webern : Six pieces, Op. 6
Friedrich Cerha : Bruchstück, geträumt

7 Aug 
 
8 Aug 
 
9 Aug 
 
10 Aug 
 
11 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 11, 2016 at  
Thunderstorm
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Shanghai Opera

Thunderstorm is an award-winning modern opera about family, society and corruption in Old Shanghai. Zhou Puyuan is the head of a wealthy, successful and seemingly happy Shanghai household. But a storm is gathering… for behind this veneer of respectability lies a web of intrigue, and a dark family secret. As corruption is exposed and his family disintegrates, Zhou is confronted with a changing society and the emergence of a new China.

Based on the acclaimed play by Cao Yu, and set to music by legendary composer Mo Fan, this lavish production of Thunderstorm is a beautiful evocation of the atmosphere of Old Shanghai and not to be missed.

Performances: 11 12 13 14 Aug


Mo Fan : Thunderstorm

12 Aug



Scotland
 Friday, August 12, 2016 at  
Mark Simpson Hommage à Kurtág World premiere
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Mark Simpson Clarinet
Antoine Tamestit Viola
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano

Three of the world’s finest chamber musicians, each also a respected soloist in his own right, come together for a concert celebrating the fantasy of Robert Schumann and the playfulness of Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who is 90 this year.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a world-renowned French pianist, producing important, sometimes provocative interpretations of music from all eras. French viola player Antoine Tamestit is equally in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been acclaimed for previous Festival performances in Trio Zimmermann. Liverpool-born Mark Simpson is highly respected as both a clarinettist and composer, and widely regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting young talents.

Together they explores the richly imaginative, fairy-tale music of Schumann’s Märcherenzählungen and Märchenbilder, interspersed with humorous miniatures by Kurtág, and homages from Italian composer Marco Stroppa and Simpson himself.



Mark Simpson : Hommage à Kurtág
Gyorgy Kurtág : Signs, Games and Messages
Robert Schumann : Bunte Blätter
Robert Schumann : Märchenbilder
Marco Stroppa : Hommage à Gy. K
Gyorgy Kurtág : Hommage à Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann : Märchenerzählungen

12 Aug



Scotland
 Friday, August 12, 2016 at  
Pierre Boulez A Celebration
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher conductor

Composer, conductor and musical pioneer Pierre Boulez, who died in January, was one of the most influential figures in 20th- and 21st-century cultural life. This very special event celebrates his 56-year relationship with the Edinburgh International Festival as one of its closest and most cherished contributors.

Boulez’s connections with Edinburgh go right back to the second ever International Festival, in 1948, and he returned many times over the subsequent five decades with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, which he founded in 1976, as well as with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher was a close friend of Boulez and is a world-renowned interpreter of his music, also following in the great Frenchman’s footsteps as musical director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In this special concert, Pintscher directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music reflecting Boulez’s rich musical legacy and distinguished Edinburgh connections.

Boulez conducted Berg’s powerful Three Pieces for Orchestra several times at the International Festival, and Debussy’s exquisite La mer was one of the very first works he brought to Edinburgh, in 1965. Pintscher begins and ends the tribute concert with two of Boulez’s most personal works: his affectionate Mémoriale, and the colourful, lyrical ‘Don’ from his monumental Pli selon pli.



Pierre Boulez : ‘Don’ from Pli selon pli
Alban Berg : Three Pieces for Orchestra
Claude Debussy : La Mer
Pierre Boulez : Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe…Originel)

12 Aug



Austria
 Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7.30pm 
CERHA UND KURTÁG
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

HK Gruber, Chansonnier and Conductor
œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik



Friedrich Cerha : Quellen
Kurt Schwertsik : Adieu Satie, Op. 86
HK Gruber : Zeitfluren
Friedrich Cerha : I. Keintate

12 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 12, 2016 at 14.30 - 15.30 
Guitar Selection Box
St Andrew's and St George's Church
George Street, Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£8 concession)
Stephen Morrison, solo guitar



John Gourlay : Seven Ages

13 Aug 
 
14 Aug



Switzerland
 Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11am 
Ensemble intercontemporain
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Ensemble intercontemporain
IRCAM – Centre Pompidou computer music design
Matthias Pintscher conductor

How does space become sound? That’s the question composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth investigates in her large ensemble work Le Encantadas, which she completed last year – and which superimposes two entirely different island worlds. On the one hand these involve the Galapagos, the “enchanted islands” as Herman Melville describes them in his series of sketches The Encantadas depicting an antediluvian wasteland of lava rock populated only by prehistoric reptiles. On the other hand it involves the lagoon city of Venice, where Neuwirth has lived for several years. More precisely: the Venetian Church of San Lorenzo, where she attended the 1984 world premiere of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and whose specific acoustics (including its unique reverberation) she has reconstructed using electronic means. “The listener is led over the course of 70 minutes through a labyrinth of real and fictitious outdoor spaces, interiors, varied (sonic-)island worlds, and acoustic and manipulated phenomena,” says Neuwirth of her “fictional space-time journey.”


Olga Neuwirth : Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie

14 Aug



Austria
 Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 19.30 
CERHA UND KURTÁG • MARK SIMPSON
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Mark Simpson, Clarinet
Antoine Tamestit, Viola
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano



Mark Simpson : Hommage à Kurtág (2016) for clarinet, viola and piano
Gyorgy Kurtag : Játékok (Spiele) for piano
Robert Schumann : Bunte Blätter, Op. 99
Gyorgy Kurtág : Signs, Games and Messages for viola solo
Robert Schumann : Märchenbilder for viola and piano, Op. 113
Marco Stroppa : Hommage à Gy. K.
Gyorgy Kurtág : Hommage à R. Sch
Robert Schumann : Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132

15 Aug 
 
16 Aug 
 
17 Aug



Austria
 Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8pm 
MAKE NO NOISE
Bregenz Festival

Austria
http://www.bregenzerfestspiele.com

Music director Dirk Kaftan
Stage director Johannes Erath
Set & costume designer Katrin Connan
Lighting Desinger Markus Holdermann
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt
Sound director Norbert Ommer

Hanna Measha Brueggergosman
Joseph Holger Falk
Inge Annika Schlicht
Arbeiter/Simon Taylan Reinhard
Boss/Martin Maciej Idziorek

Ensemble Modern



Chamber opera (2011) – libretto by Tom Holloway
after The Secret Life of Words by Isabel Coixet
First performance in Austria
Sung in English with German surtitles

Two people meet on a disused oil rig. They don't know each other; he can't see her and she doesn't want to listen to him. She looks after the injured man in a dispassionate way; he begins to desire the woman that helps him. Both harbour a dark secret that shapes their lives traumatically. In their inability to open up to another person, they both find a possibility for tentative trust. Isabel Coixet's film The Secret Life of Words has been adapted for the stage and the Czech composer Miroslav Srnka has produced a score of great sensitivity. It's only in singing that the two main characters Hanna and Joseph find a means of expressing themselves. They dampen down the noise of the outside world by the music that comes from inside them. Musicians acclaimed in the 2015 season – soprano Measha Brueggergosman, baritone Holger Falk and Ensemble Modern – will be returning to the Bregenz Festival this coming summer to give the work its first performance in Austria.




Miroslav Srnka : Make No Noise

17 Aug



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 14.30 - 15.30 
Guitar Selection Box
St Andrew's and St George's Church
George Street, Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£8 concession)
Stephen Morrison, solo guitar



John Gourlay : Seven Ages

18 Aug 
 
19 Aug 
 
20 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11am 
Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Matthias Pintscher conductor

Take a trip into a magic garden of sounds! In hij 1 Mark Andre makes the orchestra snarl, creak, groan, and buzz, and it’s a genuine pleasure: For stretches the winds take off their mouthpieces, playing what sound like percussion instruments, while the string players use picks to make their strings vibrate. A century ago, Igor Stravinsky was also expanding and refining the sound of the orchestra for his classic ballet score The Firebird and using beguiling mixtures of color and lavish melody to evoke the world of Russian fairy-tale. To start his inaugural concert as Principal Conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, Matthias Pintscher has also selected a major orchestral work by György Ligeti, the tenth anniversary of whose death is being remembered this summer. In San Francisco Polyphony Ligeti continues to build on the shimmering clouds of sounds of his famous Atmosphères while developing starker dramatic contrasts and a “polyphony that is more transparent, more clearly defined.”


Gyorgy Ligeti : San Francisco Polyphony
Marc Andre : hij 1 for Orchestera
Igor Stravinsky : L'Oiseau de Feu

21 Aug



Switzerland
 Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1pm 
Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Konstantia Gourzi conductor

The Greek musician Konstantia Gourzi is doubly talented and has found equal success as a composer and conductor. For her debut conducting the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY she will also premiere a brand-new orchestral work of her own. Her program juxtaposes this piece with three musical positions from the 1950s and ʼ60s. Gourzi’s fellow Greek Iannis Xenakis evokes an archaic ritual sacrifice in Le Sacrifice, the second part of his orchestral triptych Anastenaria. The Danish Per Nørgård meanwhile explores infinity through trancelike sounds, and György Ligeti follows in the footsteps of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály in his “Romanian Concerto,” a sparkling early work that uses a wide variety of folk melodies Ligeti heard as a child in Transylvania and later studied at the Folklore Institute in Bucharest. These he supplements with melodies of his own evoking “the spirit of the village bands.”


Iannis Xenakis : Le Sacrifice from Anastenaria for Orchestra
Per Nørgård : Voyage into the Golden Screen for Orchestra
Konstantia Gourzi : Ny-él, two Angels in the White Garden for Orchestra
Gyorgy Ligeti : Concert Românesc

21 Aug



Scotland
 Sunday, August 21, 2016 at  
Yann Tiersen
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk



French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen is best known for his quirky score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film Amélie. But that only scratches the surface of his enormously rich, magical musical output. Tiersen creates fragile, evocative soundscapes of achingly beautiful melodies, immediately recognisible but impossible to categorise. He’s been compared with classical composers Chopin and Satie, or minimalists Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.

After touring the globe for nearly a decade in planes and buses, Tiersen is now slowly cycling around the world, stopping for performances both in traditional venues and in the wilderness. At the end of 2015 he made an expedition through the northernmost reaches of Norway, where he played at a special festival for the Sami people. His Edinburgh International Festival concerts marks the up coming release of his new album EUSA.

21 - 22 August 2016
The Hub


Yann Tiersen : Various

22 Aug 
 
23 Aug 
 
24 Aug 
 
25 Aug 
 

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