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24 Jul

 Monday, July 24, 2017 at 9pm 
The Tallis Scholars · Klangforum Wien · Pomárico
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500

Lukas Schiske, Percussion
Björn Wilker, Percussion
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, Conductor (Ockeghem)
Katrien Baerts, Soprano
Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico, Conductor (Grisey)

‘His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as the light’, comments the Gospel of Matthew. The miraculous transfiguration of Jesus allowed the apostles to apprehend his divine nature, which transcended the boundaries of this world. Of all the arts, music may well most convincingly convey the feeling of an experience that goes beyond our material realm, promising a better state of being and the revelation of our true essence, freed from worldly constraints.

Sacred music, religiously inspired works and sounds which escape from earthly bonds will spark off one another in this year’s Ouverture spirituelle: from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, and beyond, to the music of the twentieth century. With varying trajectories, the works chosen all revolve around the central idea of transfiguration. In Olivier Messiaen’s Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ for soloists, chorus and orchestra – an explosion of ringing light and blazing sounds – the term even appears in the title. The radiance of this work emanates throughout the rest of the programme, perhaps reaching its greatest potency in sacred spaces and the darkness of night. For this reason, some concerts are removed from the usual hustle and bustle of the Festival and scheduled to begin at a later hour.
We shall also join Monteverdi’s Orpheus as he descends to the underworld to rescue Eurydice, and perhaps our own senses of perception will themselves be transfigured by music which depicts the crossing of this same final threshold – specifically, music from great last works fully completed or left unfinished, including Mozart’s Requiem, the Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey and Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony with its dying final pages, in which the musical line is slowly extinguished.

Gerard Grisey : Stèle for two percussionists
Johannes Ockeghem : Missa pro defunctis
Gerard Grisey : Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 musicians

24 Jul

United Kingdom
 Monday, July 24, 2017 at 3pm 
Paradise Remembered
Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival Association 7c College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX
United Kingdom
01452 768928

Voice vocal trio
Matthew Sharp cello (baritone)

This concert takes its title from the autobiography of Ursula Vaughan
Williams, whose life and poetry provides
a programmatic thread. Performed and arranged by female vocal trio Voice and
‘cellist Matthew Sharp, songs of myth and memory celebrate Vaughan Williams’ (and lifelong friend Holst’s) enthusiasm for English folksong. At the heart of this programme
is a new suite of madrigals, Silence and
Music, composed for the quartet by Roderick Williams, setting Ursula Vaughan Williams’ poetry. The composer will give a short introduction to the piece and the ‘subtle, sensuous music’ of the poetry that inspired him.

Filipe Sousa : Like As the Waves
James Francis Brown : Rough Magic
Vaughan Williams : Lovely Joan; Early in the Spring; She’s Like the Swallow
Gustav Holst : I Love my Love; O Swallow, Swallow; In Youth Is Pleasure; Eight Canons
Giovanni Sollima : Lamentatio
Roderick Williams : Silence and Music

25 Jul

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9.15pm 
ID Please
Tête à Tête Opera Festival
Various, London
United Kingdom

Music | Soosan Lolavar
Words | Daniel Hirsch
Director | Stephen M Eckert
Conductor | Daniel Nesta Curtis

Media Design | Jessica Medenbach
Costume Design | Nina Bova
Scenic Design | Caitlin Ayer

Border Agent | Robbie Raso
Female Traveller | Shannyn Rinker
Male Traveller | Patrick Dailey

ID, Please is an opera for the age of Brexit and Trump, set at border control and exploring themes of immigration, identity and xenophobia. The work took on new relevance when its British-Iranian composer was almost prevented from attending rehearsals in the US as part of the first ‘Muslim Ban’.

Soosan Lolavar : ID Please

26 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7pm 
The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera
Tête à Tête Opera Festival
Various, London
United Kingdom

Music & Words | Dominic Robertson
Director | Dominic Robertson

In a not-too-distant future, following some nuclear-misunderstanding the isolated island managed to avoid, a post-Brexit Britain finds itself surrounded by nothing but scorched earth. How do people from the everyday family home to the corridors of power cope with this? And what on earth is Boris doing in Downing Street in a tie-dye suit?

Dominic Robertson : The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera

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3 Aug

United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 03, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Erkki-Sven Tüür, Mozart and Brahms
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and its Artistic Director Paavo Järvi return to the Proms, joined by British violist Lawrence Power and Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang for Mozart’s genial Sinfonia concertante. Sitting somewhere between a concerto and a symphony, it’s a perfect showcase for the virtuosity of this ensemble and its sunny good humour offers a striking contrast to Erkki-Sven Tüür’s arresting Flamma – a vivid musical portrait of fire as both purifying force and agent of destruction.

Smoke clears and sunshine returns in Brahms’s optimistic Second Symphony, with its free-flowing melodies and irrepressible closing dance.

Erkki-Sven Tuur : Flamma
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364
Johannes Brahms : Symphony No 2 in D major

4 Aug 
5 Aug

United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 05, 2017 at 7.30pm 
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212


Hear the UK’s finest young musical talent in a vibrant programme conducted by Thomas Adès. Two vast sonic soundscapes open a programme that climaxes in Stravinsky’s thrilling The Rite of Spring, with its frenzied rhythms and provocative harmonies.

Francisco Coll : Mural
Thomas Ades : Polaris
Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring

6 Aug 
7 Aug 
8 Aug 
9 Aug

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at 7pm 
Brian Elias World Premiere
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Ryan Wigglesworth

Four centuries of British musical history are packed into a Prom that stretches from the 17th century to a world premiere. At the heart of the concert are Elgar’s beloved ‘Enigma’ 'Variations and Britten’s powerful, politically charged Ballad of Heroes.

Benjamin Britten : Ballad of Heroes
Brian Elias : Cello Concerto
Henry Purcell : Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei
Edward Elgar : Enigma Variations

10 Aug 
11 Aug 
12 Aug

United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 3pm 
Proms at ... Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, SE1
United Kingdom

BBC Singers

‘I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart.’ Palestrina’s joyous Passiontide motet provides the starting point for the Proms’s first ever visit to Southwark Cathedral in a programme that sets faith against doubt and 16th-century Italian polyphony against a world premiere by British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir.

Palestrina’s radiant Mass glows with spiritual certainty, whether in its dancing Hosanna or long-limbed Sanctus. The BBC Singers are joined by the Nash Ensemble and tenor Adrian Thompson for Weir’s In the Land of Uz, which takes inspiration from the story of Job, whose faith in God is shaken repeatedly through suffering and disaster.
There will be no interval

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina : Offertorium 'Confitebor tibi, Domine'
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina : Missa 'Confitebor tibi'
Judith Weir : In the Land of Uz

12 Aug

 Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11am 
Jörg Widmann Quartet No 3 ‘The Hunt’
Edinburgh International Festival


Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the Gringolts Quartet has dazzled audiences from Salzburg to London’s Wigmore Hall with its remarkable technical prowess and its raw, radiant, revealing accounts of music old and new.

Brahms’s bright, sunny and exquisitely crafted Third Quartet closes their rich, witty International Festival debut recital. It follows Haydn’s brilliantly comic ‘The Frog’ Quartet, and the darker humour of contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann’s fantastical ‘The Hunt’ Quartet – which ends in a literal musical hunt of one of the quartet players.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 14 August

Joseph Haydn : String Quartet in D Op 50 No 6 ‘The Frog’
Johannes Brahms : String Quartet No 3 in B flat Op 67

13 Aug

 Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4pm 
Michel van der Aa Blank Out
Lucerne Festival

A coproduction of Dutch National Opera Amsterdam with LUCERNE FESTIVAL and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Imagine 3D glasses at the opera! The Dutchman Michel van der Aa is not only a composer but also a filmmaker and director. And he combines these various artistic identities in virtuosic Gesamtkunstwerk projects. As, for instance, in his multimedia chamber opera, Blank Out, which was first performed in the spring of 2016 in Amsterdam and is now receiving its Swiss premiere as the start of a van der Aa retrospective for Lucerne’s composer-in-residence. A single singer, the soprano Miah Persson, appears onstage. Opposite her is the baritone Roderick Williams, but he is present only virtually: in a 3D film that blends pre-produced material with live-recorded video sequences. What is reality and what is fiction become harder and harder to distinguish in this tragic story of a mother-son relationship that is based on the life and texts of the South African writer Ingrid Jonker. A major event that combines emotional power with high tech.

Michael van der Aa : Blank Out

14 Aug 
15 Aug

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10.15pm 
Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Britten Sinfonia
Anoushka Shankar
Ravichandra Kulur
Gaurav Mazumdar
Karen Kamensek

Blending Glass’s American Minimalism with traditional Hindustani classical music, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar joins the Britten Sinfonia for the first complete live performance of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s 1964 concept album Passages.

Glass Shankar : Passages

16 Aug 
17 Aug

 Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11am 
Matthias Pintscher New Work
Edinburgh International Festival

Benjamin Appl Baritone
Pavel Kolesnikov Piano

Lieder and songs by Schubert, Schumann, Grieg and Matthias Pintscher

Charismatic, perceptive, and performing with a striking identification with his songs, young German baritone Benjamin Appl has been hailed as one of the finest of his generation of Lieder singers – for his seductive expressiveness, his honeyed voice and his astonishing balance of power and sensitivity.

He is joined by the remarkable young Siberianborn pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, celebrated for the astonishing freshness of his spellbinding playing, for a wide-ranging recital of classic Lieder.

They open with a broad Schubert collection – from the joyous affirmation of Die Taubenpost to the gruesome Romantic horror of Der Zwerg – and travel through dramatic songs by Schumann and Grieg’s achingly melodious Sechs Lieder to a new work by contemporary German composer Matthias Pintscher.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

Matthias Pintscher : New Work

18 Aug 
19 Aug

 Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11am 
Helena Winkelman World Premiere
Lucerne Festival

Ghost Choir (Peter Siegwart chorus master)
Dani Mangisch speaker
Sylvia Nopper voice

Starting in the mid-1970s the group known as Oberwalliser Spillit became a sensation. With clarinet, hammered dulcimer, and such new-fangled instruments as the Tenundi Titschini (a tuned wooden drum), as well as plenty of wit, the “Oberwalliser Spielleute” (“the bandsmen from Valais”) devoted themselves to the old tunes and dances of the Swiss Confederation – but without a hint of old-fashioned stuffiness. And they proved that folk music and the avant-garde can get along by having contemporary composers write new works tailor-made for them. Composers like Heinz Holliger. In Alb-Chehr he set a Valais legend about two shepherds and a cantankerous dairyman who run into some music-making ghosts – with a fatal outcome for the dairyman. Shortly after Oberwalliser Spillit broke up in 2001, the clarinetist Elmar Schmid founded the ensemble sCHpillit, which is now coming together again to present not only Holliger’s classic but also a brand-new score by the composer and violinist Helena Winkelman.

Heinz Holliger : Fünf Kinderlieder
Heinz Holliger : Alb-Cher. “Geischter- and Älplermüsig”
Heinz Holliger : Gränzä – Grenzen
Helena Winkelman : Ronde des Lutins

20 Aug 
21 Aug

United Kingdom
 Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212


After a triumphant Proms debut with the CBSO last year, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla returns with a programme that sets Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony against a world premiere by Gerald Barry. Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Overture 'Leonore' No. 3
Igor Stravinsky : Violin Concerto in D major
Gerald Barry : Canada
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 5 in C minor

22 Aug 
23 Aug 

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