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Wigmore Hall Concert Diary NOVEMBER 2010

Alfred Brendel Inside: Leif Ove Andsnes Joshua Bell • Imogen Cooper Emerson String Quartet Angela Hewitt • Steven Isserlis Christopher Maltman Takács Quartet • And many more Box Office 020 7935 2141 Online Booking

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HOW TO BOOK Wigmore Hall Box Office, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP In Person 7 days a week: 10 am – 8.30 pm. Days without an evening concert 10 am – 5 pm. No advance booking in the half hour prior to a concert. By Telephone 020 7935 2141 7 days a week: 10 am – 7 pm. Days without an evening concert 10 am – 5 pm. There is a non-refundable £2.00 administration fee for each transaction, which includes the return of your tickets if time permits. Online 7 days a week; 24 hours a day. There is a £1 administration charge online. You can now select your own seat and make subscription bookings online.

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MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Julia Wesley

£12 concessions £10

Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

Khatia Buniatishvili piano Schumann Fantasy in C Op. 17 Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 Stravinsky 3 Movements from Petrushka Young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is among the newest crop of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists. Her recent highlights have included appearances at Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus festival and at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano. For her Wigmore Hall debut recital she performs Schumann’s turbulently Romantic Fantasy and two virtuosic show-stoppers. Khatia Buniatishvili is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme

Khatia Buniatishvili

New Generations

This concert is part of Chamber Zone; a free ticket scheme for young people age 8 –25. To book, please call the Box Office and quote ‘CHAMBER ZONE’.

MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM The Monday Platform

£8 £10 £13 £15

Finzi Quartet St James Quintet Daniel Swain piano Ligeti Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet Pärt Quintettino Beethoven String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’ Britten String Quartet No. 3 Op. 94 Barber Summer Music Poulenc Sextet for piano and wind

Finzi Quartet

St James Quintet

Winner of the Ensemble Prize in the 2010 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, the Finzi Quartet has enjoyed success in many competitions since forming at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Finzis are joined by 2009 winners the St James Quintet, who together with ROSL prizewinner Daniel Swain will perform Poulenc’s Sextet. ROSL Arts Daniel Swain


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TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM YCAT Lunchtime Series 19 Sian Trenberth

£8 concessions £6

Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman mezzo-soprano James Baillieu piano In masterclass with Ann Murray DBE This concert marks the launch of the Royal Philharmonic Society/ YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. The scheme has been set up in memory of Philip Langridge CBE (1939 –2010), who thought up the idea and was a hugely valued friend and trustee of both YCAT and the RPS. This unique new scheme will pair exceptional young professional musicians with the leading stars of the classical world. Through masterclasses, concerts, broadcasts and an interactive website, audiences will gain a privileged view of the developing partnerships, giving invaluable insight into the demands of an international classical career.

Ann Murray DBE

The YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series is supported by the Paul Woodhouse Fund and the Anthony Nesbitt Fund

TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Song Recital Series Sussie Ahlburg

Levon Biss

Christopher Maltman baritone Malcolm Martineau piano

£18 £25 £30 £35

1820 –1830 Schubert Die Vögel; Der Knabe; Abendröte; Fülle der Liebe; Heliopolis I & II; Sehnsucht; Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren; Gondelfahrer; Auflösung; Auf der Brücke; Der liebliche Stern; Im Frühling; Über Wildemann Loewe Erlkönig; Herr Oluf Felix Mendelssohn Minnelied im Mai Fanny Mendelssohn Das Heimweh Felix Mendelssohn Erntelied; Wartend Fanny Mendelssohn Sehnsucht Felix Mendelssohn Hexenlied Schubert Im Freien; Das Lied im Grünen; Der Winterabend

Christopher Maltman

Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau’s Decade by Decade series, surveying the century of German song prior to the foundation of Wigmore Hall in 1901, reaches the 1820s. In addition to a mix of familiar and less-well-known songs by Schubert, Christopher Maltman explores songs by Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny, as well as by their contemporary Carl Loewe. Supported by the Decade by Decade Song Syndicate

Decade by Decade – 100 Years of German Song 1810 –1910


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WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Early Music and Baroque Series

Six Members Of The Bach Family

Amit Lennon

Florilegium; Ashley Solomon director

£12 £16 £22 £24

JB Bach Overture and Dances JCF Bach Sonata in C CPE Bach Trio Sonata ‘Sanguineus and Melancholicus’ for two violins and continuo WF Bach Sinfonia in D minor F65 – Adagio and Fugue JC Bach Quintet in D Op. 11 No. 6 JS Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV1067 The Bach family has for many years been the focus of genealogical research. No other musical Florilegium family of German origin has spanned so many generations and produced such highly talented performers as well as composers of the highest order. This programme highlights six members of this extraordinary family. THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM London Pianoforte Series

Debussy Préludes from Book II: Brouillards; Feuilles mortes; La puerta del vino; Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses; La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune; Canope; Les tierces alternées; Feux d’artifice Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 12; Humoreske in B b Op. 20

Sussie Ahlburg

Imogen Cooper piano

£15 £20 £25 £30

Imogen Cooper marks the Schumann anniversary with the eight Fantasiestücke, vividly conveying the composer’s introspective and extrovert characters, and the Humoreske, written as Schumann was ‘laughing and crying’ at the piano while his fiancée Clara was in Paris. The fleeting impressions from Book II of Debussy’s Préludes make a beguiling pairing. Supported by members of the Rubinstein Circle

Schumann Bicentenary Series

Imogen Cooper

FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Song Recital Series

1830 –1840 Felix Mendelssohn Im Frühling; Frühlingsglaube; Frühlingslied (Lichtenstein); Das erste Veilchen; Frühlingslied (Klingemann); Frühlingslied (Lenau) Lachner Die badende Elfe; An den Mond; Die Bergstimme; Im Mai; Eine Liebe; Die einsame Träne; Wasserfahrt Fanny Mendelssohn Suleika; Die Mainacht; Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen; Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass; Schwanenlied; Wanderlied Loewe Frauenliebe; Vier Fabellieder

Nikolaus Karlinsky

Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano Malcolm Martineau piano

£18 £25 £30 £35

Angelika Kirchschlager continues the Decade by Decade series, opening with a spring sequence by Mendelssohn and returning to the other composers from our preceding Decade by Decade recital (see 2 Nov). She also includes a selection of the Heine settings by Franz Paul Lachner. Supported by the Decade by Decade Song Syndicate

Decade by Decade – 100 Years of German Song 1810 –1910

Angelika Kirchschlager


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SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 10.30 AM – 3.30 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

For age 5 plus Explore Roald Dahl’s magical story of ‘The Toad and the Snail’ and follow the giant toad’s adventure trail from country to country. Draw images of the mysterious creatures you meet and create music to enhance their special powers. Led by workshop leader Kate Newell.

Family Day: Mysterious Creatures

£10 Adults £8 Children

Family Events are supported by The Lucille Graham Trust, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and The Charities Advisory Trust

SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season Rob Moore

Nash Ensemble Christine Rice mezzo-soprano Paul Watkins cello Susanna Stranders piano

£12 £16 £22 £26

Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 35 for violin, viola and 2 cellos Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky Songs with piano Borodin Songs with cello obbligato and piano Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11 Beethoven String Quintet in C Op. 29 Arensky’s string quartet with two cellos, written in memory of Tchaikovsky, is paired with Tchaikovsky’s own much-loved slow movement from his String Quartet No. 1; and Christine Rice sings a Russian group including songs with cello by Borodin. Beethoven’s String Quintet is a rarely heard masterpiece with a finale unlike anything else in his output. Christine Rice

Beethoven and the Russians CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

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SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER 11.30 AM Coffee Concert Pavel Antonov

Belcea Quartet Julian Rachlin viola

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Mozart String Quintet in G minor K516 Brahms String Quintet in G Op. 111 While Brahms ostensibly went out on a high with his second String Quintet, intended to be his last work before retiring from composition, Mozart’s String Quintet was written both as his fame in Vienna was diminishing and under the shadow of his father’s serious illness.


Julian Rachlin

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SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM London Pianoforte Series

Melvyn Tan piano Schubert 3 Klavierstücke D946 Schubert/Liszt Sei mir gegrüsst; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Du bist die Ruh; Liebesbotschaft; Ständchen (‘Horch, horch! die Lerch’) Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

Sheila Rock

£15 £20 £25 £30

In the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth, Melvyn Tan includes the big-boned Piano Sonata No. 3, containing one of the composer’s most lyrical slow movements and a breathless finale, as well as Schubert’s Three Piano Pieces from the last year of his life. More Schubert – this time in elaborations by Liszt – completes the programme. Melvyn Tan

MONDAY 8 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Dvor˘ák Terzetto in C Op. 74; String Quartet No. 11 in C Op. 61

Mitch Jenkins

Emerson String Quartet

£12 concessions £10

Indisputably one of today’s foremost international quartets, the Emersons return to Wigmore Hall for an all-Dvor˘ák programme. ‘The performances were everything we have come to expect from this superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting’ New York Times CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

Emerson String Quartet

CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust supports free tickets for 8 –25 year olds at selected concerts. To book for this concert as part of Wigmore Hall’s young people’s programme, please contact the Box Office and quote ‘CHAMBER ZONE’.

MONDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

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Aronowitz Ensemble Chausson Concert in D Op. 21 for violin, piano and string quartet Brahms String Sextet in G Op. 36 In embedding a theme in his second string sextet spelling out the letters of his former love Agathe von Siebold, Brahms believed he would finally free himself from her. Cast more as a duet for violin and piano, with string accompaniment, Chausson’s Concert is a rarely heard gem of late French Romanticism. CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

Aronowitz Ensemble

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TUESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

£7 concessions £4 Sussie Ahlburg

Imogen Cooper Masterclass Alexandra Dariescu piano Jayson Gillham piano Mishka Rushdie Momen piano Imogen Cooper will work with pianists Alexandra Dariescu, Jayson Gillham and Mishka Rushdie Momen on repertoire by Schumann, including the Abegg Variations Op. 1.

Imogen Cooper

TUESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

Mendelssohn Andante sostenuto and Variations Op. 81 No. 1 Mendelssohn Scherzo Op. 81 No. 2 Webern Langsamer Satz Mozart String Quartet in C K465 ‘Dissonance’ Bartók String Quartet No. 6

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Emerson String Quartet

£15 £20 £25 £30

The Emerson String Quartet continues its long association with Wigmore Hall in a concert featuring two works composed over 120 years apart linked to Vienna: Mozart’s popular ‘Dissonance’ Quartet, written aged 29 at the height of the composer’s fame, and Webern’s rapturous love music for his cousin Wilhelmine in his Langsamer Satz. Supported by American Friends of Wigmore Hall

Emerson String Quartet

WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op. 103 (unfinished) Berg String Quartet Op. 3 Schubert String Quartet in G D887

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Emerson String Quartet

£15 £20 £25 £30

The Emerson String Quartet completes its trio of concerts with last contributions to the form by Haydn (the two middle movements of a planned 68th quartet) and by Schubert (his visionary D887), coupled with Berg’s early (and only) example in the genre, marking his graduation from studies with Schoenberg. Supported by Peter and Sonia Field


Emerson String Quartet

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THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 10.00 AM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

£7 concessions £4

Steven Isserlis Masterclass With selected postgraduate cellists from London music colleges. Steven Isserlis Artist in Residence THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Song Recital Series

Matthew Rose bass Christian Curnyn director, organ Malcolm Martineau piano Other artists to be announced

Clive Barda

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Bach Cantata BWV82 ‘Ich habe genug’ Schubert Grenzen der Menschheit; Der Rattenfänger; Auf der Donau; Der Musensohn Wolf From Italienisches Liederbuch: Ihr seid die Allerschönste; Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt; Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag’ erhoben; Geselle, woll’n wir uns in Kutten hüllen; Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen; Ein Ständchen euch zu bringen Wolf Grenzen der Menschheit; Der Rattenfänger Ives In the Alley; At the River; Grantchester; In Flanders Fields British bass Matthew Rose has in recent years been making waves on the opera stage. Recipient Matthew Rose of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship in 2007, he has been preparing for his Wigmore recital debut with some leading singers, including Thomas Quasthoff, Robert Holl and Brigitte Fassbaender. FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season Marco Borggreve

Kevin Davis

Steven Isserlis cello Viviane Hagner violin Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

£15 £20 £25 £30

Saint-Saëns Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op. 32; Berceuse Op. 38 Ravel Violin Sonata; Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré Fauré Berceuse Op. 16; Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120 Steven Isserlis

Saint-Saëns’s intimate, at times despairing Cello Sonata No. 1 was written following the death of his great aunt in 1872. This concert will include the original last movement of this work, as well as the one usually played. Ravel’s acerbic, jazzy sonata forms a contrast to Saint-Saëns’s serene Berceuse for violin and piano. Isserlis is joined by brilliant Munich-born violinist Viviane Hagner and recent Gramophone Award-winner, Frenchman Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Steven Isserlis Artist in Residence/French Series

Viviane Hagner Guy Vivien

Steven Isserlis returns as Artist in Residence for a French series in which he draws together distinguished friends and colleagues for a survey of the chamber music of Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet


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SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2.00 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Alfred Brendel Lecture 1 On Character In Music One of the 20th century’s great pianists, Alfred Brendel may have retired from concertgiving, but he returns to Wigmore Hall to give a series of three lectures (see also 14 November) for its anniversary season, presenting his latest thoughts in both words and music. The final lecture in the series takes place on 18 December.

Benjamin Ealovega/ Philips

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Alfred Brendel

SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Song Recital Series

Annus Mirabilis: The Complete Songs Of 1840 – Myrthen, Songs and Duets Schumann Myrthen Op. 25; 6 Lieder Op. 36 Schumann 4 Lieder: Der Knabe mit dem Wunderhorn; Der Page; Der Hidalgo; Sehnsucht; 2 Gedichte Op. 29: Ländliches Lied; Lied Schumann Schlusslied des Narren; Nur ein lächelnder Blick; 3 Zweistimmige Lieder Op. 43: Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär; Herbstlied; Schön Blümelein; 4 Duets Op. 34: Liebesgarten; Liebhabers Ständchen; Unterm Fenster; Familien Gemälde

David Thompson

Kate Royal soprano Ian Bostridge tenor Julius Drake piano

Esther Haase/ EMI Classics

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Kate Royal

Ian Bostridge

Two of the UK’s leading recitalists return to Wigmore Hall to continue our Schumann bicentenary series, opening with the cycle of songs the composer wrote as a wedding gift to his wife Clara – a rich compendium in which each song lingers upon one of love’s facets. Schumann Bicentenary Series

Veronika Eberle violin Lars Vogt piano

Anthony Parmelee

Wigmore Hall Debut

£12 concessions £10 inc. programme & coffee/sherry/juice Bernd Noelle

SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 11.30 AM Coffee Concert

Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78 Janác˘ek Violin Sonata Schumann Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 121 Still in her early twenties, German violinist Veronika Eberle has already appeared with the Los Angeles and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras and the NDR and Veronika Eberle Lars Vogt SWR Symphony orchestras. Partnered by one of today’s leading German pianists, she includes Janác˘ek’s taut and blistering Violin Sonata alongside the full-blooded Romanticism of Brahms and Schumann.


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SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 3.00 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

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Alfred Brendel Lecture 2 Does Classical Music Have To Be Entirely Serious? See page 10 for more details SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM

£10 £12 £16 £18

Rustem Kudoyarov piano Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on the name B A C H Schumann Etüden in Form freier Variationen über ein Beethovensches Themes WoO. 31 Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’ Skryabin Fantasie Op. 28 Prokofiev March Op. 12 No. 1; Gavotte Op. 12 No. 2; Prelude in C Op. 12 No. 7; Piano Sonata No. 7 in Bb Op. 83 Rustem Kudoyarov was born in Tatarstan, Russia, and studied in Kazan and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. A winner of numerous international prizes, he has performed in recitals and with orchestras worldwide, with a variety of music from Baroque to Modern, including piano quintets by Bridge and Vaughan Williams. Rustem Kudoyarov

‘Impeccable style and the highest sense of virtuosity, capable of winning over any listener… Everything was subject to one purpose – addressing higher artistic goals’ Simbirsky Courier Lisa Peacock Concert Management Ltd

MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Since making his recital debut at the Schubertiade festival in Schwarzenberg, Florian Boesch has appeared around the world, from Japan to the USA, as well as across Europe. Winner of the Golden Mask Award of Russia’s National Theatre Union, his career on the opera stage has been equally prestigious.

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Schubert Willkommen und Abschied; Hoffnung (Schaff’ das Tagwerk meiner Hände); Der Fischer Loewe Erlkönig; Tom der Reimer; Odins Meeresritt; Der Kreuzzug; Das Lied im Grünen; Süsses Begräbnis; Wandrers Nachtlied I & II; Reiterlied; Der Pilgrim von St. Just; Die wandelnde Glocke; Edward

Stephan von der Decken

Florian Boesch baritone Roger Vignoles piano

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Florian Boesch

Roger Vignoles


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MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season Marc Hom

Kevin Davis

Steven Isserlis cello Joshua Bell violin Connie Shih piano

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Fauré Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Op. 13 Ravel Sonata for violin and cello Saint-Saëns Romance in F Op. 36 Fauré Romance Op. 69 Saint-Saëns Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 92 Steven Isserlis

Joshua Bell

Connie Shih

Close collaborators for more than 20 years, Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell join together for Ravel’s duo sonata. They are joined by Canadian pianist Connie Shih for the second of two piano trios by the child prodigy, and later inveterate traveller, Saint-Saëns, one of his most ambitious and exciting works. Supported by the Benefactor Friends of Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis Artist in Residence/French Series

TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM London Jazz Festival

£12 £16 £22 £24

Martial Solal piano A complete musician, a technically brilliant pianist and a veteran of over sixty years of musicmaking that has seen him work with such giants as Django Reinhardt and Johnny Griffin, 82-year-old Martial Solal has an encyclopaedic knowledge of style and form. Receiving rave reviews for his London performances last year, described by the Guardian as a ‘real tour de force’, Solal’s solo performances are mesmerising displays of jazz piano mastery. ‘His playing is mesmerisingly skilful, yet he improvises with an impetuousness and controlled power that makes his virtuosity noticeable only as a means to constantly renewed expressiveness, and his fondness for standards as a source of surprises rather than nostalgia’ Guardian London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3

Martial Solal

WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 11.00 – 11.45 AM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

For parents and babies up to 1 year old. A 45 minute concert for new parents and their babies, providing an opportunity to enjoy a programme of beautiful chamber music in a calm and accommodating environment.


For Crying Out Loud!

£6 per adult – babies come free

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WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

Marco Borggreve

Brahms String Quartet in C minor Op. 51 No. 1 Boccherini Stabat Mater

Marco Borggreve

Jerusalem Quartet Chen Reiss soprano Gavriel Lipkind cello

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A rare chance to hear the Stabat Mater by Classicalperiod Italian master Boccherini, paired with the first of Brahms’s three quartets. Jerusalem Quartet

‘Superlatives are inadequate in describing just how fine this playing was from one of the young, yet great quartets of our time’ The Strad

Chen Reiss

Gavriel Lipkind

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£12 £16 £22 £26

Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Prokofiev Sonata in C for two violins Op. 56 Mozart String Quintet in D K593 Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115 The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s popular Chamber Contrasts series returns to Wigmore Hall with a typically mixed programme. Prokofiev’s innovative 1932 Sonata for two violins is followed by one of Mozart’s late two-viola quintets. The second half comprises Brahms’s much-loved Clarinet Quintet – perhaps the finest of his late group of chamber works with clarinet.

Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season Timothy White

Kevin Davis

Steven Isserlis cello Joshua Bell violin Dénes Várjon piano

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Fauré Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 117 Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75 Saint-Saëns Élégie in D Op. 143 Fauré Élégie Op. 24 Ravel Piano Trio in A minor Steven Isserlis

Joshua Bell

Dénes Várjon

The final concert of Steven Isserlis’s French Series culminates in Ravel’s magical, sophisticated Piano Trio, completed soon after the First World War had begun, for which the composer volunteered for service. Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell are joined by Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. Steven Isserlis Artist in Residence/French Series


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SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 6.00 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event


Artists In Conversation Annette Morreau in conversation with Angela Hewitt and composer Dominic Muldowney SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM London Pianoforte Series

Angela Hewitt’s Bach Book 1

Peter Hundert

Angela Hewitt piano

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Bach Toccata in C minor BWV911 Dean Prelude and Chorale: Hommage à Bach (world première) Wyner In Nomine Bach (world première) Bach Three-part Inventions Nos. 1– 9 Schwertsik New work (world première) Bach Chorale: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein BWV641 (arr. Hewitt) Bach Chorale: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV614 (arr. Hewitt) Bach Chorale: Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV643 (arr. Hewitt) Bach English Suite No. 4 in F BWV809 Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt returns for two concerts (see also 23 November), in which she pairs works by Bach – perhaps the most deep-rooted of her many enthusiasms – with six new works commissioned by Wigmore Hall. Throughout its 110-year history, the Hall has witnessed the premières of new works by Elgar, Finzi, Stravinsky, Britten and Tippett, among others, and this tradition continues in this series, which features new works by Brett Dean, Elena Kats-Chernin, Robin Holloway, Kurt Schwertsik, Dominic Muldowney and Yehudi Wyner. Hewitt’s Bach selection presents church Chorales (arranged both by herself and others) as well as works designed for the domestic setting.

Atrium Quartet Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor Op. 13 Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10 in A b Op. 118

£12 concessions £10 inc. programme & coffee/sherry/juice Anastasia Adamenko

SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER 11.30 AM Coffee Concert

Written in only 10 days, Shostakovich’s Tenth String Quartet reveals the composer’s new-found freedom during the cultural thaw that followed Stalin’s death in 1953. While the influence of Beethoven would become prominent in Shostakovich’s later quartets, the hallmarks of the former’s later style are clear in Mendelssohn’s A minor Quartet, written in the year of Beethoven’s death. Atrium Quartet


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SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER 7.00 PM NB starting time Chamber Music Season

£12 £16 £22 £26 Peter Hundert

Nash Ensemble Dame Felicity Lott soprano plus surprise guests

A Concert To Celebrate Amelia Freedman’s 70th Birthday

At John Gilhooly’s invitation, the world-renowned Nash Ensemble celebrates the 70th birthday of its founder and Artistic Director, Amelia Freedman CBE, with a programme she has chosen herself. It places miniatures by some of her many composer friends, and a guest appearance by a favourite soprano colleague, Dame Felicity Lott, alongside classics of the chamber-music repertoire.

Amelia Freedman

Dame Felicity Lott

Hanya Chlala/ ArenaPAL

Ravel Introduction and Allegro Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ( The Shepherd on the Rock) Spohr Nonet in F Op. 31 A garland of birthday pieces for Amelia by composers associated with the Nash Ensemble over the years, including Michael Berkeley, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews, David Matthews and Mark- Anthony Turnage Dvor˘ák Piano Quintet in A Op. 81

Nash Concert Society Nash Ensemble

MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

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Takács Quartet Kellogg Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ (UK première) Schubert String Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’ One of the world’s foremost quartets performs Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet alongside a new work by young American composer Daniel Kellogg based on the slow movement theme of Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’. Kellogg’s works have been taken up by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC. ‘Daniel Kellogg … is one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic’ Washington Post

Takács Quartet


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MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM The Monday Platform

£8 £10 £13 £15 George Garnier

Eleanor Dennis soprano Tim Lowe cello William Stafford clarinet Gary Matthewman piano Haydn Scena di Berenice Strauss Die Nacht; Du meines Herzens Krönelein; Für fünfzehn Pfennige Poulenc Sonata for clarinet and piano Schumann Adagio and Allegro in A b Op. 70 (for cello and piano) Charlotte Bray New work (London première) Britten On this Island Op. 11 Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor Op. 114

Eleanor Dennis

Tim Lowe

William Stafford

Gary Matthewman

This group of outstanding young artists, supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, presents a programme showing their exceptional talents, including a new commission from Charlotte Bray to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s birthday. Presented by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

TUESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM London Pianoforte Series

Angela Hewitt’s Bach Book 2

Eric Richmond

Angela Hewitt piano

£15 £20 £25 £30

Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV894 Kats-Chernin New work (world première) Muldowney Fantasia on B A C H (world première) Bach Three-part Inventions Nos. 10 – 15 Holloway Partita for solo piano on canons from J S Bach’s addendum to The Goldberg Variations (world première) Bach Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV727 (arr. Walton) Bach O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross BWV622 (arr. Howells) Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV903 ‘It is hard to think of another pianist so steeped in Bach – almost a quarter of a century has passed since she won the Toronto Bach competition that launched her international career – who has so consistently returned to the foundation stones of the modern piano repertoire’ Sunday Times


Angela Hewitt

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English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble Benjamin Grosvenor piano Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B b D898 Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60 The English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble is delighted to welcome back the brilliant young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Their programme comprises two masterpieces from the 19th-century chamber music repertoire. English Chamber Orchestra Benjamin Grosvenor

THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER 6.30 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Free (ticket required)

Pre-Concert Talk Dr Alexander Samson discusses the social and political background of the music featured in the evening programme.

THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Early Music and Baroque Series Juanita Lascarro

Academy of Ancient Music Rodolfo Richter director, violin Juanita Lascarro soprano

£18 £24 £28 £32

South American Connections J A Hasse Overture to Cleofide Lobo de Mesquita Adagio and Fugue in G minor Zipoli Arias from Dell’offese a vendicarmi A Scarlatti Concerto Grosso No. 1 in F minor from VI Concertos in Seven Parts M Corrette ‘Les Sauvages’ from Concerto Comique in G Op. 25 Torrejón y Velasco Desvelado dueño mio Anon Cachua Anon Sonata Chiquitana XVIII Handel Il Delirio Amoroso The Academy of Ancient Music, directed from the violin by its Brazilian leader Rodolfo Richter, presents a fascinating mix of South American music from the 17th and 18th century contrasted against European works of the same period. Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro adds the South American flavour.

Juanita Lascarro


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RISØR FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC AT WIGMORE HALL WITH LEIF OVE ANDSNES Since 1991 Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has been Co-Artistic Director, with violist Lars Anders Tomter, of the internationally renowned chamber music festival based in the small fishing town of Risør on the southeastern coast of Norway. Each year some of the world’s leading musicians converge there for an intensive period of rehearsals and performances, and this year the special atmosphere of these performances comes to Wigmore Hall in a series of four concerts also featuring the festival’s resident string orchestra. Among the soloists are names familiar to Wigmore Hall audiences, including Martin Fröst, Henning Kraggerud and Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, a prizewinner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in 2001.

Rolf M Aagaard


Henning Kraggerud Grieg Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Op. 8 Liszt Oh! quand je dors Duparc Au pays où se fait la guerre Brahms Ständchen Wagner Im Treibhaus Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor

£15 £20 £25 £30 Richard Lehun/ Deutsche Grammophon

Leif Ove Andsnes piano Marc- André Hamelin piano Henning Kraggerud violin Lars Anders Tomter viola Torleif Thedéen cello Measha Brueggergosman soprano Risør Festival Strings

Observatoriet/ Simax Classics

FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

Leif Ove Andsnes

Measha Brueggergosman

Lars Anders Tomter

‘At a time when so much music comes packaged in cellophane – over-produced, remote and cool – Risør encourages a hands-on, intimate and generous directness. It’s a joy. And, more’s the pity, a one-off ’ The Independent Supported by the Anniversary Patrons who are providing vital support throughout the 2010 –11 season

SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 6.00 PM Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Artists In Conversation Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Anders Tomter, joint Artistic Directors of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, in conversation with music critic and broadcaster Geoffrey Norris.



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SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season

Leif Ove Andsnes piano Marc- André Hamelin piano Henning Kraggerud violin Lars Anders Tomter viola Torleif Thedéen cello Martin Fröst clarinet Measha Brueggergosman soprano Risør Festival Strings

Fran Kaufman

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Strauss Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 in E b K449 (version for piano and string quartet) Mahler/Schoenberg Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Copland Clarinet Concerto Bartók Divertimento for Strings ‘Discovering the Risør Festival of Chamber Music … is like stumbling upon a fabulous little out-of-the-way restaurant that you are almost reluctant to tell people about … The Festival has redefined what a chamber music festival can be’ New York Times

Marc-André Hamelin

Supported by the Tertis Foundation

SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER 11.30 AM Coffee Concert

£12 concessions £10 inc. programme & coffee/sherry/juice

Leif Ove Andsnes piano Henning Kraggerud violin Lars Anders Tomter viola Torleif Thedéen cello Martin Fröst clarinet Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor Sørensen Schattenlinie Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A K581 Debussy initially considered entitling his whimsical Cello Sonata ‘Pierrot angry with the moon’. After the tiny ‘Shadow Line’ by Danish composer Bent Sørensen comes the second of Mozart’s three major works featuring the clarinet, an instrument which he avidly championed, both in an orchestral and solo context.

Torleif Thedéen

SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Chamber Music Season Mats Bäcker

Leif Ove Andsnes piano Marc- André Hamelin piano Lars Anders Tomter viola Martin Fröst clarinet Risør Festival Strings

£15 £20 £25 £30

Wallin Under City Skin Honegger Symphony No. 2 Berg 4 Pieces for clarinet and piano Op. 5 Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (arr. Stravinsky for piano four hands) Honegger’s Second Symphony reflects the troubled spirit of the Second World War, which interrupted its composition. Norwegian Ralf Wallin’s piece for solo viola with strings, premièred last year at Risør, is inspired by sounds of the urban jungle. Hamelin and Andsnes form an indomitable duo for Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring.

Martin Fröst


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MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1.00 PM BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

£12 concessions £10 Sussie Ahlburg

Malin Christensson soprano Simon Lepper piano Brahms Von ewiger Liebe; Wie Melodien zieht es mir; Lerchengesang; Meine Liebe ist grün; Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer; Wiegenlied; Vergebliches Ständchen Strauss Schlechtes Wetter; Du meines Herzens Krönelein; Das Rosenband; Wiegenlied Wolf Mausfallensprüchlein; Im Frühling; Das verlassene Mägdlein; Nimmersatte Liebe; Verborgenheit; Er ists With recent engagements at the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne and La Scala, Milan, young Swede Malin Christensson has also appeared at the Aix-en-Provence and Vienna festivals. Last year she stood in at short notice to replace indisposed fellow New Generation Artist Daniela Lehner in a Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.

Malin Christensson

Malin Christensson is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme

New Generations MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Enescu/ Dvor˘ák Series

Schubert String Trio Movement in B b D471 Dvor˘ák Piano Trio in E minor Op. 90 ‘Dumky’ Enescu Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 16

John Clark

The Schubert Ensemble

£10 £14 £18 £22

The Schubert Ensemble, one the UK’s leading groups performing music for piano and strings, presents the first of a series of three concerts (continuing on 7 February and 28 March 2011) devoted to works by Enescu and Dvor˘ák. Alongside Dvor˘ák’s much-loved ‘Dumky’ piano trio is a rare chance to hear Enescu’s Piano Quartet No. 1, a late Romantic masterpiece of brilliantly colourful and virtuosic writing that takes the medium to its limits. ‘The group’s confidence has been finely honed over the years, intimacy being matched by vital spontaneity, expressive phrasing and an instinctive way of animating the music’s textures so that they are close-knit but at the same time luminously articulated’ Daily Telegraph

The Schubert Ensemble

A 20% discount is available when booking for all concerts in The Schubert Ensemble’s Enescu/Dvor˘ák Series. Booking now open for all three concerts. Ann Senior Concert Management This concert is supported by The Schubert Ensemble Trust; Reg. Charity No. 1002244


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TUESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 7.30 PM Early Music and Baroque Series The Chautauquan Daily

Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Jeannette Sorrell harpsichord, direct0r Sophie Daneman soprano

£12 £16 £22 £24

Fire and Folly: Myths of Love and Betrayal Handel Cantata: Dietro l’orme fuggaci (Armida abbandonata) Tartini/Sorrell Didone abbandonata: Sinfonia drammatica (after the violin sonata) Montéclair Cantata: La mort de Didon Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for 4 violins Op. 3 No. 10 from L’estro armonico Vivaldi/Sorrell La Folia: Concerto grosso (after Trio Sonata ‘La Folia’)

Jeannette Sorrell and members of Apollo’s Fire

The acclaimed American Baroque orchestra from Cleveland makes its long-awaited European debut. Sophie Daneman and Jeannette Sorrell bring feminine passion to works inspired by timeless myths – from the fire of the abandoned Armida to the vulnerability of the betrayed Dido. This is the final performance of a major European tour.

Mark-Anthony Turnage Credit: Philip Gatward

Belcea Quartet at Wigmore Hall Tuesday 7 December 7.30 pm

One of the foremost international ensembles returns to Wigmore Hall to perform a stunning programme that includes the world premie`re of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad

Haydn String Quartet in G Op. 76 No. 1 Turnage Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad (world première)* Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 13 £12 £16 £22 £26 *Commissioned by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, President of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation. Co-commissioned with Köln Musik, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Wiener Konzerthaus.


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Ignite at St Marys’ Hospital

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November Concerts Diary 2010  

Concerts at Wigmore Hall in London - November 2010

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