Idylls & Gifts

St John's Smith Square

21 November 2019

7.30pm

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Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Prince Albert
Two choral pieces for vocal ensemble and orchestra
Paul Edlin
Simple Gifts
Mozart
Symphony No. 39
Christopher Warren-Green
conductor
Apollo 5

Imagine waking on Christmas morning to the sounds of an orchestra drifting gently up the steps of your swiss villa. A birthday present to you, dedicated to your first child and laced with personal significance. The ultimate romantic gesture.

The piece in question was Wagner’s Siegried Idyll. Although themes from the piece later appear in his legendary Ring Cycle, Wagner always intended to keep it as a private, personal moment between him and his wife, Cosima.

Hear it alongside one of Mozart’s final masterpieces, his 39th symphony, and a new arrangement of compositions by Prince Albert, with groundbreaking choir, Apollo 5.

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Prince Albert Two choral pieces for vocal ensemble and orchestra
Paul Edlin Simple Gifts
Mozart Symphony No 39

Christopher Warren-Green conductor
Apollo 5

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Mozart

Cadogan Hall

21 January 2020

7.30pm

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Mark Simpson
Geysir
Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23
Mozart
Serenade No. 10, Gran Partita
Oliver Zeffman
conductor
George Li
piano

This was a music I had never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God” – Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus.

The cult film Amadeus brought Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ to a whole new audience. Not that it needed a boost from Hollywood – it’s one of Mozart’s greatest compositions, probably his most well-loved. It also calls for a slightly unusual orchestra – 12 wind instruments and a lone double bass – which was the starting point for Mark Simpson’s companion piece, Geysir. The piece follows the shape of an Icelandic geyser, a broad arch with an explosion in the middle.

Mark Simpson Geysir
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
Mozart Serenade No. 10, Gran Partita

Oliver Zeffman conductor
George Li piano

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Austrian Masters

Cadogan Hall

19 February 2020

7:30pm

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Biber
Battalia à 10
Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 5
Warlock
Capriol Suite
Haydn
Symphony No. 44, Trauer
Benjamin Beilman
violin/director

If you like your orchestral music with a little flair and lots of drama, look no further. Mozart’s virtuosic violin concert sits side by side with Haydn’s ‘Trauer’ or Mourning Symphony – a piece so achingly brilliant the composer himself requested that it was played at his funeral.

Two slightly more unusual pieces – baroque composer Biber’s Battalia à 10 and the 20th-century Capriol Suite – provide a collection of sparkling dance rhythms, from European folk to the Renaissance court.

Biber Battalia à 10
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
Warlock Capriol Suite
Haydn Symphony No. 44, Trauer

Benjamin Beilman conductor

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Excellence and Innovation

Cadogan Hall

25 March 2020

7:30pm

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Keith Burstein
Memories of Bonn
Bloch
Concertino for flute, viola and strings
Hummel
Trumpet Concerto
Beethoven
Symphony No. 7
Christopher Warren-Green 
conductor
Lucienne Renaudin Vary 
trumpet
Karen Jones 
flute
Rosemary Warren-Green
viola

One of the most perfect symphonies ever written’ is how one critic described Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Spontaneous, energetic and inventive, it showcases the best of Beethoven’s so-called ‘middle’ period, as he struggled with encroaching deafness.

In the orchestra at the premiere of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was one Johann Hummel, himself a musician and composer. Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto is, for some people, THE trumpet concerto. Written for the inventor of the new keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger, it is designed to show off the amazing special abilities of the new instrument. So expect virtuosity and eloquence from tonight’s soloist, the young French star, Lucienne Renaudin Vary.

Keith Burstein Memories of Bonn
Bloch Concertino for flute, viola and strings
Hummel Trumpet Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Christopher Warren-Green conductor
Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet
Karen Jones flute
Rosemary Warren-Green viola

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Tickets for all concerts start from just £10. If you're a student or under 18 it's just £5.

Cadogan Hall Box Office: 020 7730 4500 or book online here.

   
Offers Book more than one concert and save 20%. LCO also offers a 20% discount on groups of sixteen or more (email info@lco.co.uk).