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WELCOME TO OUR 110TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON PART TWO

Welcome to Part Two of our 110th Anniversary celebrations. Our season-long celebration continues until the end of July 2011 and this brochure lists concerts between January and March. Established in 2004 by the inspirational Hatto Beyerle, co-founder and violist of the Alban Berg Quartet, The European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), is dedicated to promoting and nurturing today’s aspiring young chamber music ensembles, with a special focus on string quartets and piano trios. The Academy is essentially an association of European

musical educational institutes and festivals which provides ongoing training opportunities for the young ensembles. ECMA visits us for the second consecutive year on January 7, 8 and 9 for a masterclass (with Hatto Beyerle) and showcase concerts. Other chamber music highlights include the conclusion of the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet’s Beethoven cycle on 20 and 22 January and the Leopold String Trio in Dmitri Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on 21 January. We also welcome the Arcanto, Zehetmair, Pacifica, Hagen, Kopelman, Wihan and Pavel Haas quartets, as well as the Florestan Trio, whilst the Arditti Quartet performs a new work by rising Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, with financial assistance from Fondation Hoffmann. Alina Ibragimova, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne join us to celebrate Schubert’s birthday on 31 January, always a special event at Wigmore Hall. London Winds, together with The Endellion String Quartet and Michael Collins, join us for the world première of Thea Musgrave’s Towards the Blue, on 27 January. The composer told me that the work has its origins in a visit she made to a Francis Bacon exhibition, where


her eye fell on Figure in a Landscape (1945) which resonated with her powerfully. It is a scene of total despair, but above it all a serene blue sky beckons. So perhaps – even in the darkest moments – there is a glimmer of hope, according to Thea Musgrave. The Heath Quartet, rapidly gaining a name for itself in the chamber music world, joins us in a programme of Haydn, Britten and Beethoven on 1 February. Song recital highlights include visits from Iestyn Davies (who helps us celebrate my 10th anniversary as a member of staff ), Magdalena Koz˘ená, Christine Brewer, Bernarda Fink, Stéphane Degout, Miah Persson and Sandrine Piau. A programme marking the Wigmore Hall debut of the remarkable Italian pianist Marino Formenti, entitled ‘Kurtág’s Ghosts’, examines how major composers from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries have influenced the legendary Hungarian composer György Kurtág. The vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval will join the Norwegian trumpet player and singer Arve Henriksen in a merge of medieval, contemporary and improvised

elements. You can also hear some of today’s established and young chamber musicians in a day-long celebration of the Australian composer Brett Dean (b. 1961) on 19 February. In 2009, Dean was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for music composition, one of the world’s most prestigious new music prizes. And Midori will perform a new work by Brett Dean on 20 February. Written only a few months apart, Mozart’s two piano quartets – gems of his chamber music output – are performed by the Fauré Quartet on 27 February. Paul Lewis begins another monumental two-year Schubert project in late March, opening with a programme including the Piano Sonata in C D840 ‘Reliquie’, and the Sonata in D D850. This major project also includes performances of Schubert’s song cycles with Mark Padmore over the seasons ahead. And Emanuel Ax joins us on 20 March, always a special occasion. I look forward to welcoming you again to Wigmore Hall. John Gilhooly Director


AT A GLANCE JANUARY – MARCH 2011 See pages 5 to 70 for full details of these concerts and pages 71 to 73 for subscription savings and how to book.

Series and Events to look out for ...

Song Recital Series

EUROPEAN CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY Page 8 SHOWCASE 12 JOHN GILHOOLY 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT THE ART OF THE COUNTERTENOR 12, 63 NASH ENSEMBLE – BEETHOVEN AND THE 12, 13, 43, 47 RUSSIANS 16 ARTEMIS QUARTET – BEETHOVEN CYCLE DECADE BY DECADE – 100 YEARS OF 20, 46, 64 GERMAN SONG 22 MICHAEL COLLINS – CHAMBER MUSICIAN AND SOLOIST HAGEN QUARTET 30TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES 24 ARDITTI QUARTET 28 THOMAS ZEHETMAIR RESIDENCY 33 JULIANE BANSE & ANDRÁS KELLER – 36 KAFKA FRAGMENTS BRETT DEAN DAY 38 MOZART PIANO QUARTETS 44 PAUL LEWIS SCHUBERT SERIES 58 GUITAR SERIES 62

London Pianoforte Series

Thu 13 Jan

Iestyn Davies/Richard Egarr

Sun 16 Jan

Christine Rice/Roger Vignoles

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Mon 17 Jan

James Gilchrist/Anna Tilbrook

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Sun 23 Jan

Royal Academy of Music Song Circle

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Tue 25 Jan

Bernarda Fink/Malcolm Martineau

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Fri 28 Jan

Christine Brewer/Roger Vignoles

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Sun 30 Jan

Robin Tritschler/Graham Johnson

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Wed 2 Feb

Magdalena Koz˘ená/Private Musicke

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Fri 4 Feb

Magdalena Koz˘ená/Private Musicke

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Thu 10 Feb

Stéphane Degout/Hélène Lucas

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Sun 13 Feb

Emma Bell/Andrew West

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Wed 16 Feb

Miah Persson/Roger Vignoles

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Fri 18 Feb

Juliane Banse/András Keller

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Fri 25 Feb

Roderick Willams/Helmut Deutsch

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Sun 27 Feb

Anna Grevelius/Julius Drake

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Wed 2 Mar

Amanda Roocroft Malcolm Martineau

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Sun 6 Mar

Luca Pisaroni/Wolfram Rieger

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Sun 20 Mar

Isabel Bayrakdarian Serouj Kradjian

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Fri 25 Mar

Lucy Crowe/Clara Mouriz Allan Clayton/Ronan Collett Joseph Middleton

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Lawrence Zazzo/Simon Lepper

Mon 24 Jan

Piers Lane

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Tue 8 Feb

Boris Giltburg

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Wed 9 Feb

Marino Formenti

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Tue 22 Feb

Alasdair Beatson

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Tue 29 Mar

Sun 20 Mar

Emanuel Ax

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Wed 30 Mar Florian Boesch/Malcolm Martineau

Tue 22 Mar

Paul Lewis

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Thu 24 Mar

Paul Lewis

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Chamber Music Season Thu 6 Jan Thu 6 Jan Fri 7 Jan Sat 8 Jan Sat 8 Jan Sun 9 Jan Sat 15 Jan Sat 15 Jan Sun 16 Jan Tue 18 Jan Thu 20 Jan Fri 21 Jan Sat 22 Jan Thu 27 Jan Sat 29 Jan Mon 31 Jan Tue 1 Feb Thu 3 Feb Sat 5 Feb Sun 6 Feb Sun 13 Feb Thu 17 Feb Sat 19 Feb Sun 20 Feb Mon 21 Feb Thu 24 Feb Sat 26 Feb Sun 27 Feb Wed 2 Mar Thu 3 Mar Sat 5 Mar

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Razumovsky Young Artist Recital Page 7 Razumovsky Ensemble 7 Boulanger Trio 8 ECMA Masterclass 9 Quatuor Zaïde/Arcadia Quartet 9 Cuarteto Arriaga 9 Nash Ensemble/Ian Brown 12 Lawrence Power/Lucy Wakeford Nash Ensemble/Susan Gritton 13 Leonidas Kavakos/Enrico Pace 14 Julian Rachlin/Charles Owen 16 Artemis Quartet 17 Leopold String Trio 17 Artemis Quartet 17 Michael Collins/Endellion String Quartet 22 London Winds Hagen Quartet 24 Alina Ibragimova/Alban Gerhardt 26 Steven Osborne Heath Quartet 26 Arditti Quartet/Jake Arditti 28 Borodin Quartet 29 Alexander Janiczek/Lly^r Williams 29 Zehetmair Quartet 33 Scottish Ensemble/Alison Balsom 35 Royal Academy Soloists Brett Dean Day 38, 39 Midori/Charles Abramovic 37 Arcanto Quartet 40 Doric String Quartet 42 Nash Ensemble 43 Fauré Quartet 44 Britten Sinfonia 45 The Endellion String Quartet 47 Nash Ensemble/Patricia Routledge 47

Royal Academy Soloists/Clio Gould Page Wihan Quartet Razumovsky Young Artist Recital Razumovsky Ensemble Pavel Haas Quartet/Danjulo Ishizaka Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio Viviane Hagner/Nicole Hagner Pacifica Quartet Nash Ensemble/Claire Booth Mark Padmore/Philippa Davies Richard Watkins/Lionel Friend Wed 23 Mar Richard Rodney Bennett/Claire Martin Nigel Hitchcock/Matt Skelton Jeremy Brown/Members of the Nash Ensemble/John Wilson Sat 26 Mar Hagen Quartet Sun 6 Mar Tue 8 Mar Fri 11 Mar Fri 11 Mar Sat 12 Mar Tue 15 Mar Thu 17 Mar Sat 19 Mar Wed 23 Mar

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Early Music and Baroque Series Concordia/Elizabeth Kenny Sophie Daneman Wed 12 Jan Classical Opera Company/Ian Page Sophie Bevan/Rebecca Bottone Thomas Hobbs Wed 26 Jan Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr/Steven Isserlis Mon 14 Feb Trio Mediæval/Arve Henriksen Tue 15 Feb Retrospect Trio/Julia Doyle Wed 23 Feb The English Concert Kristian Bezuidenhout Thu 10 Mar Trevor Pinnock Wed 16 Mar Academy of Ancient Music Karina Gauvin/Bernard Labadie Mon 21 Mar Purcell Quartet/Dame Emma Kirkby Michael Chance/Peter Harvey Thu 31 Mar Florilegium/Ashley Solomon Elin Manahan Thomas/Jane Gower Tue 4 Jan

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Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts

Guitar Series

Sun 2 Jan

Szymanowski Quartet

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Anthony Marwood/Aleksandar Madzar

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Sun 16 Jan

Carducci String Quartet

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Sun 23 Jan

Sitkovetsky Trio

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Wigmore Hall Learning

Sun 30 Jan

Hagen Quartet

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Thu 13 Jan

Pre-Concert Talk

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Sun 6 Feb

ATOS Trio

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Wed 26 Jan

Pre-Concert Talk

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Sun 13 Feb

Danish String Quartet

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Thu 27 Jan

Artists in Conversation

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Sun 20 Feb

Arcanto Quartet

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Fri 28 Jan

Schools Concert: Steven Isserlis

Sun 27 Feb

Vadim Gluzman /Angela Yoffe

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Sat 29 Jan

Family Concert: Steven Isserlis

Sun 6 Mar

Wihan Quartet

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Wed 2 Feb

Wigmore Study Group

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Sun 13 Mar

Quartetto di Cremona

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Fri 4 Feb

Wigmore Study Group

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Wigmore Study Group

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Wed 9 Feb Sat 12 Feb

Family Day: Sound Experiment

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Thu 17 Feb

Schools Concert: O Duo: Rhythms of the World

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Sat 19 Feb

Artists in Conversation

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Tue 22 Feb

Half-Term Course: Juice it up!

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Wed 23 Feb

Half-Term Course: Juice it up!

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Wed 23 Feb

Introduction to Baroque Music 1

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Thu 24 Feb

Half-Term Course: Juice it up!

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Sun 27 Feb

Pre-Concert Talk

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Kopelman Quartet Hagen Quartet

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts Mon 3 Jan

ATOS Trio

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Elias String Quartet/Malin Broman

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Sun 27 Mar

Álvaro Pierri

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Mon 17 Jan

Henk Neven/Hans Eijsackers

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Mon 24 Jan

Christianne Stotijn/Julius Drake

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Mon 31 Jan

Elizabeth Watts/Roger Vignoles

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Wed 2 Mar

Pre-Concert Talk

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Mon 7 Feb

Renaud Capuçon/Frank Braley

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Wed 2 Mar

Introduction to Baroque Music 2

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Mon 14 Feb

Calefax

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Wed 9 Mar

Introduction to Baroque Music 3

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Mon 21 Feb

James Ehnes/Andrew Armstrong

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Sat 12 Mar

Family Day: Playing Tricks

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Mon 28 Feb

Sandrine Piau/Antoine Tamestit Markus Hadulla

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Wed 16 Mar Introduction to Baroque Music 4

Martin Helmchen

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Sat 19 Mar

Mon 14 Mar Florestan Trio

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Wed 23 Mar Pre-Concert Talk

Mon 21 Mar Kopelman Quartet

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Mon 28 Mar Sara Mingardo

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Wed 16 Mar Pre-Concert Talk Family Concert: Álvaro Pierri

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WIGMORE SERIES JANUARY – MARCH 2011 Booking Opens to Friends on 7 October, to Mailing List Subscribers on 21 October and to the General Public/Online on 2 November. Sunday 2 January 11.30 am

SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET SCHUBERT Quartettsatz in C minor D703 SZYMANOWSKI String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2 The Szymanowski Quartet opens Wigmore Hall’s 2011 coffee concert series with music by their namesake, Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. Written in 1927, his Second String Quartet clearly shows the influence of folk music from the Tatra region, through the evocative use of folk melodies and powerful rhythmic drive. Schubert’s Quartettsatz, written over 100 years earlier, has a similar sense of feverish energy, whilst Beethoven’s early Quartet displays a more graceful formality. ‘Superb technical control, innate musicality and an extraordinary sense of ensemble … the Szymanowski Quartet bears the hallmark of greatness’ The Strad £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET

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Marco Borggreve

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Tuesday 4 January 7.30 pm

CONCORDIA MARK LEVY viol, director JOANNA LEVINE viol EMILIA BENJAMIN viol SUSANNE HEINRICH viol ALISON MCGILLIVRAY viol

ELIZABETH KENNY lute, theorbo SOPHIE DANEMAN soprano AIRS & GRACES – MUSIC FOR VOICE, LUTE AND VIOLS FROM 17TH-CENTURY ENGLAND AND FRANCE

ATOS TRIO

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Monday 3 January 1.00 pm

ATOS TRIO MOZART Piano Trio in G K496 MOZART Piano Trio in B b K502 ‘Annette von Hehn, Stefan Heinemeyer and Thomas Hoppe present from the very beginning an atmosphere that feasts on artistic care and earnestness as much as from unbounded joy of music-making’ Frankfurter Neue Presse £12 concs £10 The ATOS Trio is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme

DOWLAND Lachrimae antiquae; Mr George Whitehead his Almand; The Earl of Essex Galliard DU CAURROY Fantaisies sur une jeune fillette BYRD My mistress had a little dog GIBBONS Fantasy a 4; In Nomine a 5 MOULINIÉ Fantaisies BOËSSET Objet dont les charmes si doux GIBBONS Ah! Dear heart; The silver swanne LAMBERT Vos mespris chaque jour me causent des alarmes from Livre d’Airs de cour; Ombre de mon amant JENKINS Pavan LAWES Sweet Echo PURCELL Dear pretty youth CHARPENTIER Chaconne: Sans frayeur dans ce bois; Concert pour quatre parties de violes; Que mes divins concerts PURCELL An Evening Hymn Soprano Sophie Daneman joins forces with viol consort Concordia and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny in a programme tracing the flowering of the Baroque on either side of the English Channel. Their musical journey starts with the consort songs of Byrd and Du Caurroy and ends with the powerful airs of Charpentier and Purcell. £15 £20 £25 £30

Early Music and Baroque Series BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert/New Generations

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Thursday 6 January 6.00 pm

PRE-CONCERT EVENT RAZUMOVSKY YOUNG ARTIST RECITAL The Razumovsky Academy provides an environment where exceptionally gifted young musicians work with some of the world’s finest artists and teachers. This concert is an opportunity to hear potential stars of the future at an early stage in their careers. £6 (not part of subscription scheme) or free with evening concert (separate ticket required)

Chamber Music Season CONCORDIA

Thursday 6 January 7.30 pm

RAZUMOVSKY ENSEMBLE BRAHMS String Sextet in B b Op. 18 PROKOFIEV Sonata in C for two violins Op. 56 TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet in D minor Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence’ ‘... they open a world of music-making fabulously rich in tone colours, ensemble precision, and lyrical sweep of a kind rarely met this side of paradise ... Each Razumovsky member may be king of their chosen instrument, but they scale the heavens as a team. England’s sport teams could learn a great deal’ The Times £15 £20 £25 £30

Chamber Music Season SOPHIE DANEMAN

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Sandra Lousada

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EUROPEAN CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY SHOWCASE Founded in 2004 by Hatto Beyerle – co-founder and violist of the Alban Berg Quartet – the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) is dedicated to promoting and nurturing today’s young, aspiring chamber music ensembles. With a special focus on string quartets and piano trios, the Academy is formed of an association of European music educational institutions and festivals, which provides ongoing training opportunities for the young ensembles. The students receive a mix of theoretical and practical tuition, including instrumental masterclasses, academic lectures, workshops and seminars. ECMA returns to Wigmore Hall showcasing the talents of four of today’s brightest ensembles in a series of concerts throughout the weekend, as well as a masterclass with the inspirational Hatto Beyerle on Saturday 8 January.

Friday 7 January 1.00 pm

BOULANGER TRIO RIHM Fremde Szene II ˘ ÁK Piano Trio in F minor Op. 65 DVOR The award-winning Boulanger Trio was formed in Hamburg in 2006. The trio collaborates with some of today’s foremost composers, such as Wolfgang Rihm, whose Fremde Szene II they perform at this showcase, as well as Dvor˘ák’s dramatic and rhapsodic F minor Piano Trio. ‘To be interpreted like this is probably the great dream of every composer’ Wolfgang Rihm BOULANGER TRIO

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Saturday 8 January 11.00 am

ECMA MASTERCLASS With HATTO BEYERLE Free admission to masterclass (only) for Friends of Wigmore Hall and registered music students

Saturday 8 January 4.00 pm

QUATUOR ZAÏDE ARCADIA QUARTET

QUATUOR ZAÏDE

ZEMLINSKY String Quartet No. 4 (Suite) Op. 25 HAYDN String Quartet in C Op. 76 No. 3 ‘The Emperor’ The Parisian Quatuor Zaïde was formed in 2009 and performs a quartet by Zemlinsky. Dedicated to his good friend Alban Berg who died the year before its composition, the music expresses his deep sense of grief. Haydn’s C major Quartet, nicknamed ‘The Emperor’ due to the presence of the anthem ‘God Save Emperor Francis’ in the second movement, is performed by the Arcadia Quartet from Romania, formed in 2006. Sunday 9 January 4.00 pm

CUARTETO ARRIAGA

ARCADIA QUARTET

BERG Lyric Suite BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C # minor Op. 131 Cuarteto Arriaga, named after Spanish composer Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, performs two contrasting works, both known for their lyricism. Both pieces were favoured by their composers, with Berg orchestrating three of the Lyric Suite’s movements and Beethoven claiming that the C # minor Quartet was his late-period favourite. £12 concs £10 each event (not part of subscription scheme) Free admission to masterclass (only) for Friends of Wigmore Hall and registered music students The ECMA Showcase has been supported by a gift from the estates of the late Thomas and Betty Elton in memory of Sigmund Elton

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Monday 10 January 1.00 pm

ELIAS STRING QUARTET MALIN BROMAN viola MOZART String Quartet in C K465 ‘Dissonance’ MOZART String Quintet in G minor K516

ELIAS STRING QUARTET

Benjamin Ealovega

Sunday 9 January 11.30 am

ANTHONY MARWOOD violin ALEKSANDAR MADZAR piano SCHUBERT Sonata (Sonatina) in D D384 BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 100 SCHUMANN Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 121 Familiar to Wigmore Hall audiences as the violinist of the Florestan Trio, Anthony Marwood and Serbian-born pianist Aleksandar Madzar perform three jewels of the violin repertoire. Written in just over a week in 1851, Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata overflows with a sense of wild energy and high-spirited abandon from the very first opening violin flourishes. In comparison, Brahms’s Second Violin Sonata, written over 30 years later, is a more lyrical work, full of heartfelt, tender melodies. Schubert’s elegant Sonatina, written when the composer was only 19, opens the concert.

The Elias String Quartet, recently named ‘Newcomer of the Year 2010’ by BBC Music Magazine for its debut Wigmore Hall Live recording, performs music featured on that award-winning disc. Mozart’s extraordinary ‘Dissonance’ quartet, nicknamed because of its unusual slow introduction, is one of his more radical and distinctive works, featuring several unexpected twists of harmony. The String Quintet, written two years later, remains one of the composer’s most heartfelt and impassioned chamber music pieces. ‘This immensely talented string quartet has the rare quality of unforced spontaneity’ Sunday Telegraph £12 concs £10 The Elias String Quartet is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert/New Generations

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

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Wednesday 12 January 7.30 pm

CLASSICAL OPERA COMPANY IAN PAGE conductor SOPHIE BEVAN soprano REBECCA BOTTONE soprano THOMAS HOBBS tenor UNEXPECTED MEETINGS – THE OPERAS OF HAYDN Programme to include: HAYDN Non v’è chi mi aiuta from La canterina; Wenn am weiten Firmament from Philemon und Baucis; È la pompa un grand’ imbroglio from L’infedeltà delusa; Deh! Se in ciel pietade avete from L’incontro improvviso; Wie wallet mein Herze from Die Feuersbrunst; Ho viaggiato in Francia from Orlando paladino; Odio, furor, dispetto, dolor from Armida; Del mio core il voto estremo from L’anima del filosofo The Classical Opera Company follows its acclaimed retrospectives of J C Bach, Handel and Gluck with a survey of Haydn’s magnificent but largely neglected operatic output. Ian Page conducts his outstanding period-instrument orchestra and a superb line-up of young singers in a programme featuring music from all sixteen of Haydn’s operas.

REBECCA BOTTONE

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Thursday 13 January 6.00 pm Early Music and Baroque Series

PRE-CONCERT TALK MICHAEL WHITE on countertenors and vocal technique. £3

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Pictured left: Haydn directing a performance of his opera ‘L’incontro improvviso’ in the Esterházy Theatre in 1775

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Thursday 13 January 7.30 pm

IESTYN DAVIES countertenor RICHARD EGARR harpsichord JOHN GILHOOLY 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT FERRARI Voglio di vita uscir KAPSBERGER Figlio dormi FRESCOBALDI Toccata Settima from Il secondo libro (solo harpsichord) FRESCOBALDI Se l’aura spira FERRARI Queste pungenti spine FRESCOBALDI Capriccio sopra Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la (solo harpsichord) CESTI Selino’s Lament from Argia MERULA Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nonna PORPORA Oh se fosse il mio core HANDEL Suite No. 3 in D minor HWV428 (solo harpsichord) VIVALDI Pianti, sospiri e dimandar mercede Winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award in 2010, British countertenor Iestyn Davies opens the spring cycle of The Art of the Countertenor with a programme of music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. Davies is joined by Richard Egarr, one of ‘the leading lights in the current period instrument scene’ New York Times The concert is a tribute to John Gilhooly, who joined the Hall in December 2000 as Executive Director and became overall Director in 2005. It salutes his 10 years of service and is a celebration which will be shared with the Trustees and staff of Wigmore Hall and all the members of the audience, who will be offered a complimentary glass of champagne. ‘Iestyn Davies has a very special quality. It’s not just the sound – poised and pure, a true male alto – but the unpretentious honesty of his artistry that touches us’ Independent £15 £20 £25 £30 (incl. glass of champagne in the interval) (not part of subscription scheme)

IESTYN DAVIES

Marco Borggreve

Saturday 15 January 6.00 pm

NASH ENSEMBLE IAN BROWN piano LAWRENCE POWER viola LUCY WAKEFORD harp PROKOFIEV Overture on Hebrew Themes Op. 34 TCHAIKOVSKY Songs and piano pieces for viola and piano (transcr. Vadim Borisovsky) GLINKA Nocturne for solo harp SHOSTAKOVICH Four Waltzes for flute, clarinet and piano (arr. Lev Atovmyan) £5 or £3 with evening ticket (separate ticket required)

Chamber Music Season/Beethoven and the Russians

Song Recital Series/The Art of the Countertenor

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Saturday 15 January 7.30 pm

NASH ENSEMBLE SUSAN GRITTON soprano BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1 ‘Ghost’ SHOSTAKOVICH Seven Poems of Alexander Blok Op. 127 TCHAIKOVSKY Student Pieces for piano, harp and strings SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57 Prokofiev’s klezmer-style sextet on Jewish melodies begins a colourful all-Russian early evening recital. This is followed by Beethoven’s atmospheric ‘Ghost’ Trio before some unknown apprentice pieces by Tchaikovsky complement two of Shostakovich’s strongest works – the late, intense Blok settings, sung by Susan Gritton, and the masterly 1940 Piano Quintet.

CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET

Andy Holdsworth

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Sunday 16 January 11.30 am

Chamber Music Season/Beethoven and the Russians Beethoven and the Russians series continues on 26 February & 5 March

CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET MOZART String Quartet in B b K458 ‘Hunt’ MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 6 in F minor Op. 80 The Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet performs Mozart’s lively ‘Hunt’ Quartet, so called because of the vivacious galloping rhythms and hunting call motifs heard throughout the first movement. It is one of six quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn, the ‘father’ of the string quartet. The concert ends with Mendelssohn’s highly expressive final quartet, written shortly after the death of his sister Fanny, which clearly shows the composer’s overwhelming sense of grief, rage and anger. £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

SUSAN GRITTON

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Tim Cantrell

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Sunday 16 January 7.30 pm

LEONIDAS KAVAKOS violin ENRICO PACE piano PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 80 AUERBACH 24 Preludes for violin and piano Op. 46 (a selection) KORNGOLD Suite ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ Op. 11 SCHUBERT Fantasy in C D934

CHRISTINE RICE

Rob Moore

Sunday 16 January 4.00 pm

CHRISTINE RICE mezzo-soprano ROGER VIGNOLES piano POULENC Four Apollinaire settings: L’anguille; Carte postale; Hôtel; Avant le cinéma DEBUSSY Chansons de Bilitis GOUNOD Boire à l’ombre; Au rossignol; Ce que je suis sans toi IAIN BELL Day turned into night – a cycle for voice and piano (UK première) BRITTEN Cabaret Songs: Tell me the truth about love; Funeral blues; Johnny; Calypso

Virtuoso Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos has proven himself equally at home as soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and conductor. Artistic Director of the Camerata Salzburg from 2007– 9, Kavakos regularly performs with today’s leading orchestras, and directs his own music festival in Athens. He returns to Wigmore Hall with his regular chamber music partner Enrico Pace. ‘Kavakos’s violin-playing has always been astoundingly virtuosic and blazingly insightful … Guardian £15 £20 £25 £30

Chamber Music Season

A regular performer at the major European opera houses, leading British mezzo-soprano Christine Rice performs an intimate song recital, opening with music from three French composers, including Poulenc’s colourful Four Apollinaire settings, a vibrant blend of mélodie and street-song. The programme features the UK première of young British composer Iain Bell’s Day turned into night, a poignant setting of Queen Victoria’s letters and diary entries concerning her love for Prince Albert. ‘A voice that increasingly bewitches listeners with its versatility, power and beauty’ Independent £12 concs £10

LEONIDAS KAVAKOS

Yannis Bournias

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Monday 17 January 7.30 pm

JAMES GILCHRIST tenor ANNA TILBROOK piano SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin

HENK NEVEN

Marco Borggreve

Monday 17 January 1.00 pm Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

HENK NEVEN baritone HANS EIJSACKERS piano BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98 FAURÉ Poème d’un jour Op. 21 SCHUBERT Heine Lieder from Schwanengesang Dutch musicians Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers make their Wigmore Hall debut with a programme of songs exploring the different aspects of love. Beethoven’s expressive song cycle To the distant beloved is a set of six interconnected songs expressing the composer’s longing for love. This is followed by Fauré’s musical depiction of a love affair that takes place over the course of one day. The recital ends with six songs from Schubert’s song collection Schwanengesang.

A performance of Schubert’s first song cycle, in which a young wandering miller sets out on an emotional journey that moves from joyous unrequited love to obsession and suicide. The songs range from cheerful optimism to dark despair, and together form one of Schubert’s most celebrated works. James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook’s 2009 recording of the work has been highly acclaimed: the disc was immediately chosen as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine, whilst BBC Music Magazine claimed that, ‘In a highly competitive field of ever more thoughtprovoking recordings of Die schöne Müllerin, this latest one is worthy to stand with the best.’ £15 £20 £25 £30

Song Recital Series

£12 concs £10 Henk Neven is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme

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Tuesday 18 January 7.30 pm

ARTEMIS QUARTET BEETHOVEN CYCLE

JULIAN RACHLIN violin, viola CHARLES OWEN piano BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1 BRAHMS Viola Sonata in E b Op. 120 No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH/AUERBACH Preludes FAURÉ Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Op. 13 Julian Rachlin is one of today’s brightest young musicians. In addition to his regular chamber music activities – including running his own chamber music festival in Dubrovnik, currently celebrating its tenth year – he regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. This recital includes three gems of the string repertoire, written within 100 years of each other: Beethoven’s expressive Violin Sonata No. 6, written as the composer became aware he was losing his hearing; Brahms’s rich-textured Viola Sonata; and Fauré’s sweetly lyrical First Violin Sonata. £15 £20 £25 £30

ARTEMIS QUARTET

Chamber Music Season

Boris Streubel

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet returns to conclude its Beethoven string quartet cycle. Founded in 1989, the Quartet has won numerous international competitions, regularly gives high-profile concerts throughout the world, and currently holds a long-term recording contract with EMI Classics. Citing the Emerson, Juilliard and Alban Berg Quartets as important mentors, the Artemis has forged important collaborations with many of today’s leading artists, including Truls Mørk, Leif Ove Andsnes and Thomas Larcher.

JULIAN RACHLIN

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Pavel Antonov

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Thursday 20 January 7.30 pm

Friday 21 January 7.30 pm

ARTEMIS QUARTET

LEOPOLD STRING TRIO

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B b Op. 18 No. 6 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in D Op. 18 No. 3 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B b Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge Op. 133

BACH Goldberg Variations BWV988 (arr. D Sitkovetsky)

Beethoven’s 16 string quartets span his entire creative life, and remain some of the most important works written in the genre. His first six quartets (1798 –1800) were published as Op. 18 and show the composer’s development of the structure laid down by Mozart and Haydn. His Op. 130 Quartet (from 1825) is one of his most intricate, inventive works and is heard with the Grosse Fuge Op. 133 – a complex and challenging piece for both performers and audience alike. £12 £16 £22 £26

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Ensemble Award in 2005, Wigmore Hall favourite the Leopold String Trio returns for a concert devoted to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Considered one of the most ambitious compositions ever written for keyboard, the piece was arranged for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky in 1985 to celebrate Bach’s 300th birthday. The works consists of an aria and set of 30 innovative variations, highlighting Bach’s unparalleled and imaginative compositional skills.

Chamber Music Season/Beethoven Cycle £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season Saturday 22 January 7.30 pm

ARTEMIS QUARTET BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C minor Op. 18 No. 4 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Op. 135 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 ‘Razumovsky’ The Artemis Quartet concludes its complete Beethoven string quartet cycle with a programme of three quartets taken from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods. Their Beethoven cycle has been performed across America and ten European cities to great critical acclaim. ‘The Artemis has always played with vigour, brilliance and sensitivity. More than that, its performances have had clarity of conception and unfussy directness’ New York Times

LEOPOLD STRING TRIO

Benjamin Ealovega

£12 £16 £22 £26

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Sunday 23 January 4.00 pm

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC SONG CIRCLE RUTH JENKINS soprano AOIFE MISKELLY soprano STUART JACKSON tenor JONATHAN McGOVERN baritone FREDERICK LONG bass JOCELYN FREEMAN piano SIX CENTURIES OF ENGLISH SONG FROM JOHN DOWLAND TO JAMES MACMILLAN

SITKOVETSKY TRIO

Sunday 23 January 11.30 am

SITKOVETSKY TRIO BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 2 in C Op. 87 SMETANA Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15 It took Brahms over two years to complete his Second Piano Trio, but the richly textured work was greatly admired by his friends, including Clara Schumann who declared it ‘a great musical treat.’ Smetana’s emotional Piano Trio, written 25 years earlier, was composed immediately after the death of his four-year-old daughter, and the composer’s grief is clearly apparent from the opening solo violin lament.

The Royal Academy of Music’s Song Circle returns to Wigmore Hall to perform songs by 25 different composers. The songs, which will be performed in chronological order of composition, illustrate the rich diversity – poetic and musical – of the English Song tradition. In a review of an earlier concert by the RAM Song Circle, the Independent said: ‘We were clearly in for something interesting: a preview of some stars for tomorrow’ £12 concs £10

Song Recital Series

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

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Monday 24 January 7.30 pm

PIERS LANE piano SCHUBERT German Dances D783 (a selection); Ländler No. 3 in D from 12 Deutsche Ländler D790; Valses sentimentales D779 (a selection) BRAHMS 4 Klavierstücke Op. 119 BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A b Op. 110 CHOPIN 4 Ballades

CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN

Marco Borggreve

Monday 24 January 1.00 pm

CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN mezzo-soprano JULIUS DRAKE piano TCHAIKOVSKY It was in the early spring; The fearful moment; The mild stars shone for us; If only I had known; Why?; My genius, my angel, my friend; None but the lonely heart; Does the day reign? SHOSTAKOVICH 6 Verses Marina Tsvetayeva Op. 143 Winners of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award for their recording of Tchaikovsky Romances, the Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and her regular accompanist Julius Drake perform a selection of the composer’s expressive songs from the award-winning disc.

Having previously performed Chopin’s complete Études, Impromptus, Nocturnes, Preludes and Sonatas to London audiences, Piers Lane now presents the perennially fresh Ballades. A first half of Austro-German masterworks is prefaced by a selection of delightful Schubert Dances. ‘Piers Lane offered a magnificent Chopin recital to a capacity audience at the Wigmore Hall. The performances were notable for eschewing empty display in favour of richness and exploring’ classicalsource.com £15 £20 £25 £30

London Pianoforte Series

‘Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does. Her Russian characterisations and folk inflections seem spot-on in the vivid narratives’ BBC Music Magazine £12 concs £10

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

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PIERS LANE

Clive Barda

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Tuesday 25 January 7.30 pm

DECADE BY DECADE – 100 YEARS OF GERMAN SONG 1810 – 1910

BERNARDA FINK mezzo-soprano MALCOLM MARTINEAU piano 1850 –1860

Decade by Decade: 100 Years of German Song explores the rich repertoire of German song from 1810 to 1910. Overseen by the acclaimed pianist Malcolm Martineau, the series features many of the world’s leading singers in programmes that celebrate the diversity and richness of the German romantic repertoire. Decade by Decade continues with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink (25 January), soprano Amanda Roocroft (2 March) and baritone Florian Boesch (30 March).

SCHUMANN Liebeslied; Die Blume der Ergebung; Meine Rose; Abendlied; Requiem; Die Sennin; Resignation; An den Mond; Nachtlied; Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Op. 135 LANG In weite Ferne; Am Fluße; Sehnsucht LISZT Es war ein König in Thule; Im Rhein, im schönen Strome; Es muss ein Wunderbares sein; In Liebeslust BRAHMS Der Frühling; Liebestreu; An eine Äolsharfe; Spanisches Lied; Die Trauernde; Nachtigallen schwingen lustig Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘opera’s most elegant voice,’ the great mezzo Bernarda Fink returns to Wigmore Hall with a typically diverse and imaginative programme of Romantic song from leading 19th-century Romantic composers, including Brahms and his early mentor Schumann. ‘A scrupulous, perceptive interpreter of Lieder. Her warm, glowing mezzo, flecked by darker, deeper tints, is lovely in itself’ Daily Telegraph £18 £25 £30 £35 Supported by the Decade by Decade Song Syndicate

Song Recital Series/Decade by Decade: 100 years of German Song 1810 –1910

BERNARDA FINK

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Klemen Breitfuss

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Wednesday 26 January 6.30 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK With RICHARD EGARR Free (ticket required)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Wednesday 26 January 7.30 pm

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC RICHARD EGARR director, harpsichord STEVEN ISSERLIS cello THE BACH DYNASTY: J S BACH’S SONS JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH Concerto in D for keyboard Op. 13 No. 2 CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH Concerto in A for cello JOHANN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH BACH Sonata in G for cello WILHELM FRIEDEMANN BACH Concerto in A minor for keyboard C P E BACH Symphony in G for strings

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC

Marco Borggreve

Acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis joins Richard Egarr and the AAM to showcase the work of J S Bach’s composer sons as part of The Bach Dynasty series. C P E Bach’s lavish Concerto in A for cello stands at the centre of a varied programme, which reflects the brothers’ disparate lives. ‘The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis’ Gramophone £18 £24 £28 £32

Early Music and Baroque Series

STEVEN ISSERLIS

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Kevin Davis

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Thursday 27 January 6.00 pm

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION THEA MUSGRAVE in conversation with the writer and broadcaster CHRISTOPHER COOK £3

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Thursday 27 January 7.30 pm

MICHAEL COLLINS clarinet THE ENDELLION STRING QUARTET LONDON WINDS HAYDN String Quartet in D Op. 20 No. 4 JANÁC˘EK Mládi MUSGRAVE Towards the Blue (world première)* BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115 *Commissioned by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, President of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant making foundation

One of the UK’s longest-established string quartets joins clarinettist Michael Collins to perform Brahms’s richly romantic Clarinet Quintet. A great masterpiece of the composer’s later years, the work captures the very essence of Brahms’s ingenious creativity through its unique combination of melancholic introspection with a broad and flowing lyricism. Collins’s own ensemble, London Winds, performs Janác˘ek’s exuberant wind sextet Mládi (‘Youth’) written when the composer was in his seventies, whilst the concert opens with one of Haydn’s spirited early Quartets. The concert also includes a new work by Thea Musgrave, Towards the Blue for clarinet solo with wind quartet and string quartet, of which the composer writes: ‘During a visit to the

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Eric Richmond

exhibition of Francis Bacon at the Tate Gallery in December 2008 my eye fell on Figure in a Landscape (1945) which resonated in me powerfully. It is a scene of devastation and despair, and also, it seemed to me, of latent anger and hostility … but above it all a serene blue sky beckons. So, perhaps even in the darkest moments there is a glimmer of hope – the possibility of change. This idea became the starting point for this work – Towards the Blue – a mini concerto for clarinet, who eventually becomes the leader of the group’ £15 £20 £25 £30

Chamber Music Season/Michael Collins – Chamber Musician and Soloist

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Friday 28 January 7.30 pm

CHRISTINE BREWER soprano ROGER VIGNOLES piano WHEN I HAVE SUNG MY SONGS TO YOU – A RECITAL OF AMERICAN SONG GIAN CARLO MENOTTI Canti della Lontananza ALAN SMITH Letters from George to Evelyn (UK première) ERNEST CHARLES When I have sung my songs to you EDWIN McARTHUR Night A. WALTER KRAMER Now like a Lantern SIDNEY HOMER Sing to me, sing PAUL SARGENT Hickory Hill JOHN LA MONTAINE Stopping by woods on a snowy evening HAROLD ARLEN Happiness is a Thing Called Joe FRANK LA FORGE Hills VINCENT YOUMANS Through the years CELIUS DOUGHERTY Review Christine Brewer makes a welcome return to Wigmore Hall in a wide ranging programme which includes Menotti’s song cycle Canti della Lontananza, composed in 1967 for the great soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and the UK première of Alan Smith’s vignettes Letters from George to Evelyn, a setting of historical texts taken from the papers of a World War Two bride. The second half of the programme is drawn from encores once sung by artists such as Kirsten Flagstad, Helen Traubel, Eileen Farrell and Eleanor Steber, which feature on Christine Brewer’s latest recording for the Hyperion label, Echoes of Nightingales, due for release in early January. ‘Everything about the American soprano Christine Brewer marks her as one of the most rewarding vocal artists of our age … she has one of the most imposing voices of her generation, and one of its keenest musical minds’ Guardian

CHRISTINE BREWER

Christian Seiner

Saturday 29 January 11.00 am

STEVEN ISSERLIS FAMILY CONCERT For age 5 plus Join world-renowned cellist, STEVEN ISSERLIS, and friends for an exciting programme including Little Red Violin – an exquisite children’s story based on Little Red Riding Hood, but with a very musical twist! Written by STEVEN ISSERLIS, with music by ANNE DUDLEY. Supported by The Lucille Graham Trust, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and The Charities Advisory Trust

£15 £20 £25 £30

Adults £7 Children £5 (not part of subscription scheme)

Supported by the members of the Rubinstein Circle

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

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HAGEN QUARTET

Regina Recht/Deutsche Grammophon

Saturday 29 January 7.30 pm

Sunday 30 January 11.30 am

HAGEN QUARTET

HAGEN QUARTET

MOZART String Quartet in C K465 ‘Dissonance’ HAAS New work (London première)* SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110

MOZART String Quartet in E b K428 SCHUBERT String Quartet in A minor D804 ‘Rosamunde’

*Co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and Philharmonie Köln.

Dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, Shostakovich’s compact Quartet No. 8 was written in just three days in 1960. Consisting of five movements, the profoundly moving work explores the darkest aspects of human experience. In contrast, Mozart’s cheerful ‘Dissonance’ Quartet, nicknamed because of its unusual slow introduction, is an optimistic, ebullient work. The programme includes the London première of a work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953). £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season/ Hagen Quartet 30th Anniversary Series

The Hagen Quartet – three members of which are siblings – is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Although the Quartet enjoys a close relationship with many of today’s leading composers, it is equally at home and renowned for performing classics from the string quartet repertoire. This coffee concert opens with one of Mozart’s light-hearted early quartets, and ends with Schubert’s more introspective, solemn ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet, dedicated to the renowned violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh. £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert/Hagen Quartet 30th Anniversary Series

The Hagen Quartet 30th Anniversary Series continues on 26 & 27 March

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Sunday 30 January 4.00 pm

ROBIN TRITSCHLER tenor GRAHAM JOHNSON piano MOZART Das Kinderspiel HEAD The Twins; The Burial HAHN 5 petites chansons DELIUS Autumn POULENC Berceuse; Le sommeil; La tragique histoire du petit René; Dans l’herbe SCHUBERT Der Vater mit dem Kind; Die Knabenzeit; Der Knabe; Die frühe Liebe; Vor meiner Wiege MENOTTI My Ghost ABSIL Printemps MENDELSSOHN Sanft weh’n A prizewinner in the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Irish tenor Robin Tritschler returns with a typically varied programme. He has quickly established a busy international concert career as one of today’s leading young singers, appearing in opera houses and concert platforms across the world. His Sunday afternoon performance consists of 20th-century English ballads, Venezuelan-infused French mélodies and 19th-century romantic German Lieder. £12 concs £10

ELIZABETH WATTS

Dylan Thomas/SONY Classics

Monday 31 January 1.00 pm

ELIZABETH WATTS soprano ROGER VIGNOLES piano

Song Recital Series

Programme to include songs by PURCELL, BRITTEN and CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD With a voice described by International Record Review as ‘one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation’ Elizabeth Watts has established herself as ‘one of the brightest new talents’ Independent £12 concs £10

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert ROBIN TRITSCHLER

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Sussie Ahlburg

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Tuesday 1 February 7.30 pm

HEATH QUARTET HAYDN String Quartet in F minor Op. 20 No. 5 BRITTEN String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 25 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E b Op. 127

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA

ALBAN GERHARDT

Sussie Ahlburg

STEVEN OSBORNE

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Heath Quartet was chosen for representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in 2008 and won the Haydn International String Quartet Competition in 2009. The group performs three contrasting works, with Britten’s distinctive First Quartet as the core of the programme.

Benjamin Ealovega

Monday 31 January 7.30 pm

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA violin ALBAN GERHARDT cello STEVEN OSBORNE piano SCHUBERT BIRTHDAY CONCERT SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B b D898 SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 2 in E b D929

‘The Heath Quartet displayed a rare musicality … a keen interpretative insight combined with refined playing, this is one of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years’ The Strad £12 £16 £22 £26

WIGMORE HALL EMERGING TA L E N T Supported by Mayfield Valley Arts Trust

Chamber Music Season

To celebrate Schubert’s 214th birthday, a trio of today’s most dazzling chamber musicians performs an all-Schubert programme, opening with one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. Piano Trio No. 1 has a carefree, untroubled character, evident through its bright stream of spontaneous melodies and overriding sense of energy and vitality. Schubert’s Second Piano Trio has a more turbulent, darker side, but the composer himself reputedly considered it to be the better work. £15 £20 £25 £30 (not part of subscription scheme) Supported by the Anniversary Patrons who are providing vital support throughout the 2010 –11 Season

HEATH QUARTET

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WIGMORE STUDY GROUP Wednesday 2 February 3.00 – 6.00 pm Friday 4 February 3.00 – 6.00 pm Wednesday 9 February 3.00 – 6.00 pm

KURTÁG’S GHOSTS MAGDALENA KOZ˘ENÁ

Mathias Bothor/Deutsche Grammophon

Wednesday 2 February 7.30 pm

MAGDALENA KOZ˘ ENÁ mezzo-soprano PRIVATE MUSICKE LETTERE AMOROSE

GYÖRGY KURTÁG

The extraordinary scope of the chamber music by Hungarian composer, György Kurtág, and the breadth of composers who have influenced his work, from the 14th to the 20th centuries, will be explored in this second Wigmore Study Group of the season. Hosted by composer JULIAN PHILIPS, participants will explore this rich repertoire with contributions from distinguished musicologists and postgraduate chamber musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Linked to the performance of Kurtág’s Ghosts by Marino Formenti on 9 February. Series ticket price £53 including three study sessions and a ticket for the evening concert on 9 February

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VITALI O bei lumi D’INDIA Cruda Amarilli MONTEVERDI Sí dolce è’l tormento CACCINI Odi, Euterpe, il dolce canto BRICENO Caravanda Ciacona MERULA Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nonna SANZ Canarios D’INDIA Ma che? squallid’e oscuro MARINI Con le stelle in ciel che mai KAPSBERGER Felici gl’animi MACQUE Capriccio stravagante KAPSBERGER Aurilla mia D’INDIA Torna il sereno Zefiro FOSCARINI Ciaccona STROZZI L’Eraclito amoroso RIBAYAZ Espanioletta MERULA Folle è ben che si crede With a captivating stage presence and innate musical intelligence, Magdalena Koz˘ená excels in both early music and opera. This intimate recital of music by 16th- and 17th-century Spanish and Italian composers includes familiar and unfamiliar works of great charm and variety of mood. £18 £25 £30 £35 (not part of subscription scheme)

Song Recital Series

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Thursday 3 February 7.30 pm

ARDITTI QUARTET

ARDITTI QUARTET JAKE ARDITTI countertenor † CLARKE String Quartet No. 2 (London première) FERNEYHOUGH String Quartet No. 6 (London première) FUJIKURA New work (world première)* PAREDES Canciones Lunáticas (UK première)† *Commissioned by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, President of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant making foundation

For this concert the Arditti Quartet presents four new premières, among them a new work by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura (b. 1977) – one of the most exciting young voices composing today. Jake Arditti brings the countertenor into the 21st century with the UK première of a new work by Mexico’s leading contemporary composer Hilda Paredes (b. 1959), based on poems by modern Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. The Arditti Quartet also presents new works by the English composers Brian Ferneyhough (b. 1943) and James Clarke (b. 1957). ARDITTI QUARTET

Philippe Gontier

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation for unique and innovative performances of contemporary and earlier 20th-century music. Founded by violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974, the Quartet has given countless world premières throughout its distinguished career. ‘The Arditti players manage to say more in a couple of bow strokes than some concerts communicate in total’ Sunday Times

£12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season

Friday 4 February 7.30 pm

MAGDALENA KOZ˘ ENÁ mezzo-soprano PRIVATE MUSICKE Repeat of concert on 2 February £18 £25 £30 £35 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Saturday 5 February 7.30 pm

BORODIN QUARTET MYASKOVSKY String Quartet No. 13 in A minor Op. 86 STRAVINSKY Concertino for string quartet BORODIN String Quartet No. 1 in A This concert opens with Nikolai Myaskovsky’s full-blooded Quartet No. 13, packed with colourful part writing and rich melodic lines. Stravinsky’s Concertino is unusual for incorporating a solo line for the first violin throughout, supported by the other three instruments, whereas Borodin’s opulently lyrical Quartet No. 1 gives equal prominence to each instrument.

BORODIN QUARTET

Thomas Mueller

Sunday 6 February 7.30 pm £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season

Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

ALEXANDER JANICZEK violin ^ LLYR WILLIAMS piano Sunday 6 February 11.30 am

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in G Op. 1 No. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1 DEBUSSY Violin Sonata in G minor JANÁC˘EK Violin Sonata BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No. 2

Winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2007 and currently participants of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, the ATOS Trio has rapidly developed a reputation as one of today’s finest chamber ensembles. The Trio performs two contrasting piano trios, written 150 years apart. A memorial to his close friend Ivan Sollertinsky, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 is one of the composer’s most deeply felt, tragic works. In contrast Beethoven’s early Piano Trio sparkles with light-hearted optimism.

Alexander Janiczek was born in Salzburg and, after a long collaboration with Sándor Végh, now leads a busy and versatile international career embracing chamber music as well as concertos and directing orchestras. Alexander Janiczek and Lly^r Williams have a well established duo partnership, much acclaimed particularly for the sonatas of Beethoven. This recital marks the duo’s Wigmore debut with some of their favourite sonatas.

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

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Coffee Concert

Chamber Music Season

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Tuesday 8 February 7.30 pm

BORIS GILTBURG piano CHOPIN Mazurka in A minor for Emile Gaillard CHOPIN Mazurka in A b Op. posth CHOPIN Mazurka in C # minor Op. 50 No. 3 PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 82 RAVEL La valse ‘Sensitive and technically mature, this RussoIsraeli pianist has already been compared with the great Sviatoslav Richter’ BBC Music Magazine

RENAUD CAPUÇON

Marc Ribes

Shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2008, the fast-rising pianist Boris Giltburg combines three of Chopin’s vibrantly colourful mazurkas with Prokofiev’s largest and most emotionally powerful piano sonata, and one of Ravel’s most opulent, brilliant piano pieces.

Monday 7 February 1.00 pm

£15 £20 £25 £30

RENAUD CAPUÇON violin FRANK BRALEY piano

Supported by Mrs Arline Blass

London Pianoforte Series

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Op. 24 ‘Spring’ BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No. 2 Described as one of today’s outstanding violinists, French musician Renaud Capuçon has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician at the very highest level. He is joined by Frank Braley to perform Beethoven’s sparkling ‘Spring’ Sonata. It is paired with Beethoven’s brilliantly virtuosic Sonata No. 7, the largest and most substantial of his three Op. 30 sonatas. £12 concs £10

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

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Eric Richmond

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Thursday 10 February 7.30 pm

STÉPHANE DEGOUT baritone HÉLÈNE LUCAS piano DEBUSSY Trois mélodies DUPARC Le galop; Lamento; Elégie; La vie antérieure SAINT-SAËNS Au cimetière and Tournoiement from Mélodies persanes Op. 26 CHABRIER L’île heureuse; Chanson pour Jeanne; Les cigales HAHN Trois jours de vendange; Cimetière de campagne RAVEL Histoires naturelles DEBUSSY Trois ballades de Villon

MARINO FORMENTI

Betty Freeman

Wednesday 9 February 7.30 pm Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

Since his triumphant 1999 debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Stéphane Degout’s flourishing operatic career has led to appearances in Paris, Berlin, London and Salzburg, as well as at Glyndebourne and the Metropolitan Opera. He performs a programme of French song. £15 £20 £25 £30

Song Recital Series

MARINO FORMENTI piano KURTÁG’S GHOSTS In Kurtág’s Ghosts Marino Formenti examines how major composers from the 14th to 20th centuries have influenced the legendary contemporary composer György Kurtág. Italian-born pianist Formenti combines Kurtág’s pieces with works from Beethoven, Bach and Schumann to Messiaen and Bartók. ‘A Glenn Gould for the 21st century, a visionary for whom the usual limitations of either technique or tradition are not an issue’ Los Angeles Times £15 £20 £25 £30

London Pianoforte Series

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Cédric Roulliat

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Sunday 13 February 11.30 am

DANISH STRING QUARTET ADÈS Arcadiana BRAHMS String Quartet in A minor Op. 51 No. 2 Winner of the London International String Quartet Competition 2009, the Danish String Quartet contrasts Thomas Adès’s first string quartet, the evocative seven-movement Arcadiana, with one of Brahms’s first quartets, the Op. 51 No. 2. Whilst the two Op. 51 quartets were the first Brahms wrote, he held back the celebrated second quartet for several years until he was fully satisfied that it reached his exacting standards.

EMMA BELL

Paul Foster-Williams

Sunday 13 February 4.00 pm

EMMA BELL soprano ANDREW WEST piano

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

BERG Sieben frühe Lieder WALTER Tragödie I – III; Waltrauts Lied I & II MARX Hat dich die Liebe berührt; Traumgekrönt; Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht WAGNER Wesendonck Lieder After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio, soprano Emma Bell won the Kathleen Ferrier Prize in 1998, and has since developed a reputation as one of the leading sopranos of the younger generation, appearing in concert, opera and recital. With her regular pianist partner Andrew West, she sings a selection of songs including Joseph Marx’s melodic, dream-filled Traumgekrönt and Berg’s ‘Seven Early Songs’, written under the guidance of Arnold Schoenberg. ‘Bell ... is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful things you will ever hear’ Guardian £12 concs £10 DANISH STRING QUARTET

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Nikolaj Lund

Song Recital Series

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Sunday 13 February 7.30 pm

ZEHETMAIR QUARTET BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C # minor Op. 131 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 15 in E b minor Op. 144 With its seven continuous movements, Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 131 still sounds as visionary today as when it was first written. This immense, labyrinthine piece has an extraordinary depth of intensity and is considered to be his seminal work for string quartet. It is paired with Shostakovich’s final quartet, a bleakly introspective work made up of six slow movements.

CALEFAX

Deen van Meer

Monday 14 February 1.00 pm

CALEFAX reed quintet

£12 £16 £22 £26

LA SPAGNA

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ANON Suite from Llibre Vermell (arr. Oliver Boekhoorn) SÁNCHEZ-VERDÚ Libro de Glosas BOCCHERINI String Quintet in D Op. 50 No. 2 ‘Fandango’ (arr. Ivar Berix) RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole (arr. Raaf Hekkema)

This concert is a continuation of Thomas Zehetmair’s three-concert residency, which concludes with a recital for violin and viola on 5 April.

The Dutch reed quintet Calefax is renowned for its virtuoso performances, innovative programming and engaging concerts. Described as a ‘classical ensemble with a pop mentality’, the five musicians arrange and interpret music spanning eight centuries to suit their unique approach, ranging from early music, baroque and romantic, to jazz and contemporary works. ‘Yet another display of both inventive arranging skills and superbly balanced ensemble-playing. The quality of its transcriptions is as commendable as the standard of playing’ BBC Music Magazine £12 concs £10

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Keith Pattison

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

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Tuesday 15 February 7.30 pm

RETROSPECT TRIO JULIA DOYLE soprano PURCELL SONATAS AND THEATRICAL AIRS

TRIO MEDIÆVAL

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Monday 14 February 7.30 pm

TRIO MEDIÆVAL vocal ensemble ARVE HENRIKSEN trumpet, vocalist The vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval will join with Norwegian trumpet player/singer Arve Henriksen for a concert where medieval, contemporary and improvised elements will merge in a unique programme devised for Wigmore Hall. Medieval music, featuring 12th-century Italian Laude, 13th-century French Notre Dame repertoire and Norwegian medieval ballads will be performed alongside a number of newly commissioned pieces composed to medieval texts specifically for these four musicians by Andrew Smith and Jon Balke. The improvised sections will happen when they happen ... The group has given concerts and radio broadcasts at the Bergen Festival (where the trio were Artists in Residence in 2007), the Molde Jazz Festival (where Arve Henriksen was Artist in Residence in 2009) and the West Cork Music Festival, as well as performances in Norway, Italy and Germany.

PURCELL Sonata in Four Parts No. 7 in C; Oh! Fair Cedaria; If music be the food of love; Sonata in Three Parts No. 1 in G minor; Sweeter than roses; Fairest Isle from King Arthur; Sonata in Three Parts No. 12 in D; Sonata in Three Parts No. 3 in D minor; Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation); Sonata in Three Parts No. 10 in A; O solitude, my sweetest choice; I attempt from love’s sickness to fly, from The Indian Queen; Sonata in Four Parts No. 6 in G minor; An Evening Hymn Retrospect Trio’s debut CD recording of Purcell’s glorious Sonatas in Four Parts received widespread critical acclaim in 2009, including a coveted Gramophone Award nomination. For this concert, Retrospect Trio is joined by the young British soprano Julia Doyle in a programme featuring some of the most intimate and beautiful of Purcell’s chamber works. £12 £16 £22 £24

Early Music and Baroque Series

‘Light, beautifully tuned voices, wonderful dynamic variety, perfect rapport, imaginative presentation – a true masterclass in a cappella singing’ The Times £15 £20 £25 £30 JULIA DOYLE

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Wednesday 16 February 7.30 pm

MIAH PERSSON soprano ROGER VIGNOLES piano SCHUBERT Suleika; Ganymed; Lied der Mignon, Rastlose Liebe; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Du bist die Ruh; Gretchen am Spinnrade; The Shepherd on the Rock GRIEG 6 Songs Op. 48 SIBELIUS Våren flyktar hastigt; Den första kyssen; Var det en dröm?; Säv, säv, susa; Svarta rosor The celebrated Swedish soprano Miah Persson returns to Wigmore Hall with an attractive programme, opening with a selection of Schubert Lieder, including Gretchen am Spinnrade. The recital includes Grieg’s stormy Six Songs, and ends with a selection of Sibelius’s passionate and evocative settings. £18 £25 £30 £35

JONATHAN MORTON & ALISON BALSOM

Joanne Green

Thursday 17 February 7.30 pm

SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE ALISON BALSOM trumpet ROYAL ACADEMY SOLOISTS BRITTEN Prelude and Fugue Op. 29 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in B b Op. 7 No. 3 (transcr. Balsom) Variations on ‘Sellenger’s Round’ (Britten, Berkeley, Oldham, Searle, Tippett, Walton) VIVALDI Concerto in D Op. 3 No. 9 (transcr. Balsom for trumpet, violin and continuo) MACMILLAN New work for trumpet and strings (world première) TIPPETT Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Song Recital Series

This programme includes works from Alison Balsom’s latest CD of Italian concertos, recorded with the Scottish Ensemble, as well as the world première of a new commission for Balsom and the Ensemble by James MacMillan. The new work is framed by the rarely performed Variations on ‘Sellenger’s Round’ (also known as the Aldeburgh Variations) and Tippett’s homage to Corelli. £12 £16 £22 £26

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JULIANE BANSE soprano ANDRÁS KELLER violin KAFKA FRAGMENTS

Saturday 19 February 7.30 pm

BRETT DEAN DAY Some of today’s leading young chamber musicians celebrate the 50th birthday of Australian composer Brett Dean. Please see feature on pages 38 – 39 for details.

Sunday 20 February 11.30 am

ARCANTO QUARTET BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C Op. 36 DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor Op. 10 Following their three-concert residency at Wigmore Hall last year, the Arcanto Quartet returns for two varied and dynamic concerts this spring. JULIANE BANSE

Jürgen Olczyk

ANDRÁS KELLER

Friday 18 February 7.30 pm KURTÁG Kafka Fragments Op. 24 Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, a song cycle for soprano and solo violin, is considered to be one of the most austerely beautiful chamber works composed in the last 30 years. The work consists of 40 varied short movements, which incorporate a mosaic of quotations taken from Kafka’s letters, notebooks and diaries. Characteristically for the composer, many of the fragments are condensed into extracts that last less than half a minute.

‘The Arcanto Quartet is one of the most stimulating, enjoyable ensembles to listen to, no matter what it is playing. Freshness, close rapport, finesse and a blend of eloquence and vitality have been hallmarks of its style ever since its debut four years ago’ Daily Telegraph £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

Hungarian violinist András Keller is a former pupil of Kurtág: his 1996 recording of Kafka Fragments with the soprano Juliane Banse was acclaimed as ‘a quiet masterpiece of richness and emotional power’ Guardian £15 £20 £25 £30

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Marco Borggreve

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Monday 21 February 1.00 pm

JAMES EHNES violin ANDREW ARMSTRONG piano DEBUSSY Violin Sonata in G minor BARTÓK Violin Sonata No. 1

MIDORI

K. Miura

Sunday 20 February 7.30 pm

MIDORI violin CHARLES ABRAMOVIC piano BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Op. 12 No. 1 DEAN New work for violin and piano (UK première) SCHOENBERG Phantasy Op. 47 STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E b Op. 18 Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic, over 25 years ago, the violinist Midori has enjoyed a busy performing schedule balanced between recitals, chamber music performances and appearances with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. Named an official UN ‘Messenger for Peace’ in 2007, Midori is also passionate about improving musical education for children throughout the world.

Violinist James Ehnes has been described as ‘effusively lyrical … hair-raisingly virtuosic’ Guardian. For this BBC lunchtime concert, partnered by Andrew Armstrong, he performs Bartók’s first Violin Sonata, one of the composer’s most radical works, featuring impulsive, near atonal harmonic and melodic language, and ending with a series of increasingly wild folk-like dances. In contrast, Debussy’s Sonata – his final composition – is infused with a sense of deep melancholy, evident from the piano’s poignant opening chords in the first movement. £12 concs £10

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

The programme will include the première of a new work specially composed for Midori by the Australian composer Brett Dean. ‘One wonders if there is a more purely and reliably satisfying violinist than Midori now before the public … she continues to play with an extraordinary mixture of youthful freshness and absolute technical assurance’ Washington Post £15 £20 £25 £30

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JAMES EHNES

Benjamin Ealovega

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BRETT DEAN DAY Join some of today’s leading young chamber musicians in a day of music celebrating the 50th birthday of Australian composer Brett Dean. Born in Brisbane in 1961, Dean’s early works concentrated on experimental film and radio projects and improvisational performance, but since then his output has expanded to include operas, symphonies, concertos and chamber music. In 2009 Dean won the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, the world’s most prestigious composition prize. He joins various ensembles and musicians throughout the day, performing as both violist and conductor, in mixed programmes of music.

‘Brett Dean’s is a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety ’ Chicago Tribune

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Saturday 19 February 11.30 am

Saturday 19 February 6.00 pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET ADAM WALKER flute BRETT DEAN viola

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION

DEAN Eclipse (for string quartet) DEAN Demons (for solo flute) DEAN Epitaphs (for string quintet)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

£12 concs £10 (not part of subscription scheme)

Chamber Music Season

Saturday 19 February 3.00 pm

KAREN CARGILL mezzo-soprano JACK LIEBECK violin BRETT DEAN viola CHRISTOPHER MURRAY cello ENNO SENFT double bass PIERS LANE piano DEAN The Homage Etudes (for solo piano) DEAN Poems and Prayers (for mezzo-soprano and piano) DEAN Voices of Angels (for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano) £12 concs £10 (not part of subscription scheme)

Chamber Music Season

All day concert ticket £20 (not part of subscription scheme) (not including ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION)

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BRETT DEAN in conversation with TOM SERVICE £3 (not part of subscription scheme)

Saturday 19 February 7.30 pm

JACK LIEBECK violin GARY POMEROY viola CHRISTOPHER MURRAY cello ENNO SENFT double bass MATTHEW HUNT clarinet RICHARD WATKINS horn PIERS LANE piano HEATH QUARTET * SAM WALTON percussion BRETT DEAN conductor, viola SCHUMANN Four Romances (for solo piano) DEAN Recollections (for mixed ensemble) DEAN Intimate Decisions (for solo viola) BRAHMS String Quintet in G Op. 111 £12 concs £10 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Tuesday 22 February 7.30 pm

ALASDAIR BEATSON piano MENDELSSOHN Fantasia (Sonate écossaise) in F # minor Op. 28 BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’ FAURÉ Thème et Variations in C # minor Op. 73 DUTILLEUX Sonata for piano

ALASDAIR BEATSON

Jack Liebeck

Monday 21 February 7.30 pm

ARCANTO QUARTET WEBERN Six Bagatelles Op. 9 MOZART String Quartet in D minor K421 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 ‘Razumovsky’ A programme of music spanning a period of 100 years. Count Razumovsky, the then Russian ambassador to Vienna, commissioned Beethoven’s three Op. 59 string quartets and his influence is heard in the final movement of Quartet No. 1, built around a popular Russian theme. The programme opens with Webern’s miniature masterpieces, the six Bagatelles, and continues with Mozart’s D minor Quartet, showcasing the composer’s subtle melodic interplay between the four instruments.

Young Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson makes a welcome return to Wigmore Hall in a programme opening with Mendelssohn’s blazing ‘Scottish Sonata’, one of the composer’s most virtuosic works for piano, followed by Beethoven’s agitated piano piece, the ‘Appassionata’. The mood shifts with Fauré’s elegant, playful Theme and Variations, and the recital ends with Dutilleux’s only piano sonata, which itself concludes with a set of variations of dazzling complexity. ‘Outstanding … Here is a young artist of exceptional talent and confidence, making musical sense of all he played’ Independent £12 £16 £22 £26

WIGMORE HALL EMERGING TA L E N T Supported by Mayfield Valley Arts Trust

London Pianoforte Series

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Wednesday 23 February 5.00 – 6.15 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE MUSIC

INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE MUSIC 1 RENAISSANCE VERSUS BAROQUE The Council of Trent dictated that church music was to be simple and the words should not direct the musical expression. In the same century, opera was born, with a dynamic musical language. This lecture explores this new language and the tensions with the older style. Series ticket price £24 (not part of subscription scheme)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Wednesday 23 February 7.30 pm

THE ENGLISH CONCERT KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT ‘LA BARRE AND OTHER MUSICIANS’

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Wednesday 23 February 5.00 – 6.15 pm Wednesday 2 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm Wednesday 9 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm Wednesday 16 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm Over 4 study sessions, discover Baroque Music with ROY STRATFORD, and explore what is so distinctive about its style, form and techniques. Find out about the clash of musical ideas in the 16th century, the distinctive European styles which amalgamated into a new and dynamic language in the music of Bach and Handel and the new techniques and musical forms developed during this period. Linked to the Academy of Ancient Music evening concert on 16 March – concert tickets must be purchased separately.

director, fortepiano MOZART Symphony No. 1 in E b K16; Fantasia in C minor K475; Serenade in G K525 ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’; Piano Concerto No. 11 in F K413; Piano Concerto No. 12 in A K414 The English Concert launches a new partnership with the fast rising star of the fortepiano, Kristian Bezuidenhout. Their programme opens with the symphony which Mozart composed at the age of eight and concludes with performances of two of the composer’s mature piano concertos. There’s also a rare chance to hear a period instrument performance of the ever-popular ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’. £15 £20 £25 £30

Series ticket price £24 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Friday 25 February 7.30 pm

RODERICK WILLIAMS baritone HELMUT DEUTSCH piano

RODERICK WILLIAMS

Keith Saunders

Thursday 24 February 7.30 pm

DORIC STRING QUARTET HAYDN String Quartet in A Op. 20 No. 6 MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E b Op. 44 No. 3 BERG Lyric Suite The Doric String Quartet has forged an enviable reputation for playing Haydn. In 2008, the Quartet gained a special mention for its Haydn performance in the Premio Paolo Borciani Competition, and in 2009 it recorded three of the composer’s quartets on the Wigmore Hall Live label, to critical acclaim. ‘Haydn and the Doric are a perfect match. This is an ensemble, young but mature of insight, that plays Haydn’s music with spirit, illuminating its blend of wit and sophistication, grace and vivacity, cunning and seemingly effortless spontaneity’ Daily Telegraph

WOLF Songs from Italienisches Liederbuch: Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund; Schon streckt’ ich aus im Bett; Geselle, woll’n wir uns in Kutten hüllen; Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen; Sterb’ ich, so hüllt in Blumen meine Glieder; Ein Ständchen euch zu bringen KORNGOLD Lieder des Abschieds Op. 14 MAHLER Early songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen; Erinnerung; Ich ging mit Lust; Aus! Aus! SCHUMANN Kernerlieder Op. 35 Recently described by Opera magazine as ‘Britain’s best baritone’ Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. For this recital he is joined by Helmut Deutsch in a programme contrasting Wolf, Korngold, Mahler and Schumann. £15 £20 £25 £30 Supported by the Benefactor Friends of Wigmore Hall

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Saturday 26 February 7.30 pm

NASH ENSEMBLE MARIANNE THORSEN violin LAURA SAMUEL violin LAWRENCE POWER viola PAUL WATKINS cello ALICE NEARY cello SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 7 in F # minor Op. 108 GLAZUNOV String Quintet in A Op. 39 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’ Shostakovich’s Seventh Quartet, a deceptively slight but deeply personal work, precedes the genial Quintet by his mentor Glazunov. This is followed by the second of the three great quartets Beethoven wrote for Count Razumovsky, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna, where each work incorporates a distinctly Russian theme. £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season/Beethoven and the Russians

VADIM GLUZMAN

John Kringas

Sunday 27 February 11.30 am Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

VADIM GLUZMAN violin ANGELA YOFFE piano LECLAIR Violin Sonata in D Op. 9 No. 3 BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ RAVEL Kaddisch from Deux mélodies hébraïques RAVEL Tzigane Vadim Gluzman makes his Wigmore Hall debut opening with a sonata from the French Baroque composer Leclair, followed by Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ sonata, the most brilliant and overtly virtuosic of his ten violin sonatas. Two contrasting pieces by Ravel bring the recital to a finish: Kaddisch, a lamenting Aramaic prayer for the dead, and the brilliantly colourful, gyspy-infused Tzigane. Gluzman is joined by his pianist wife Angela Yoffe and performs on the 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius. £12 concs £10

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MOZART PIANO QUARTETS

ANNA GREVELIUS

Sussie Ahlburg

Sunday 27 February 4.00 pm Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

FAURÉ QUARTET

ANNA GREVELIUS mezzo-soprano JULIUS DRAKE piano

Founded in 1995, the Fauré Quartet has rapidly established an enviable position as one of today’s leading chamber groups, scooping numerous awards, including the coveted Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and ECHO awards. The quartet regularly performs in leading venues and festivals across the globe, and returns to Wigmore Hall with a programme of both Mozart’s Piano Quartets.

SCHUBERT An Silvia; An den Mond MENDELSSOHN Glosse; So schlaf in Ruh; Andres Maienlied LARSSON Turandot; Jag väntar månen; Serenad; Bortom berg och mörka vatten; För vilsna fötter sjunger gräset; Allmänna salen; Skyn, blomman och en lärka; Långt bortom detta; Kyssande vind MONTSALVATGE Cinco canciones negras Winner of the 2004 Gerald Moore Award Singer’s Prize and the 2006 RCM Lies Askonas Competition, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anna Grevelius is most recently the recipient of the 2009 Prix Gabriel Dussurget, awarded by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. £12 concs £10

Song Recital Series

Sunday 27 February 6.00 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK

KASSKARA

Sunday 27 February 7.30 pm MOZART Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor K478 MOZART Piano Quartet No. 2 in E b K493 Mozart’s two Piano Quartets are gems of his chamber music repertoire, despite being a rare genre during the Classical era. Both quartets display a skilful fusion of concerto-like writing for the piano with more integrated passages of true chamber music writing. The Piano Quartet No. 1 has a sense of dark drama, with rich, romantic sonorities, whilst the second quartet has an overall mood of lighter calm.

DAVID CAIRNS on Mozart’s Piano Quartets. £12 £16 £22 £26 £3

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Wednesday 2 March 12.15 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK SIMON HOLT introduces his new work *co-commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall Free to concert ticket holders (separate ticket required)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

Wednesday 2 March 1.00 pm SANDRINE PIAU

Antoine Le Grand/Naïve

Monday 28 February 1.00 pm

SANDRINE PIAU soprano ANTOINE TAMESTIT viola MARKUS HADULLA piano SCHUBERT Liebesbotschaft from Schwanengesang; An den Mond; Daß sie hier gewesen; Wehmut; Nacht und Träume; Die Taubenpost from Schwanengesang; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock); Romanze der Helene from Die Verschworenen The celebrated French soprano, Sandrine Piau, acclaimed violist Antoine Tamestit and pianist Markus Hadulla perform an all-Schubert programme for this BBC lunchtime concert which includes Romanze der Helene and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, originally scored for clarinet, arranged here for viola. ‘Piau’s performance is in every respect superior: brilliantly incisive of tone, more even throughout the vocal registers and dazzlingly fluent in coloratura passages’ Sunday Times £12 concs £10

BRITTEN SINFONIA JACQUELINE SHAVE violin MARTIN OUTRAM viola CAROLINE DEARNLEY cello STEPHEN WILLIAMS double bass HUW WATKINS piano HOLT New work (world première tour)* SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A D667 ‘The Trout’ *Co-commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall

Schubert’s popular and lyrical ‘Trout’ Quintet forms the centrepiece of this lunchtime programme. Written for a group of friends and never intended to be publicly performed, the quintet takes its name from its fourth movement – a set of variations on Schubert’s Lied ‘Die Forelle’ (‘The Trout’). The concert also features a new work by Simon Holt. ‘The way he deploys instrumental timbres and creates mixes of sound conjures up, with his customary imagination, a compact score that is at once multi-faceted, ear-catching and clearly focused’ Daily Telegraph, on Simon Holt £12 concs £10

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Wednesday 2 March 7.30 pm

AMANDA ROOCROFT soprano MALCOLM MARTINEAU piano 1860 –1870 LISZT Die stille Wasserrose; Ich liebe dich; Ich scheide; Die drei Zigeuner CORNELIUS Abendgefühl; Im tiefsten Herzen; Reminiszenz; Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass?; An Bertha; Vision; Die Räuberbrüder JENSEN Songs from Dolorosa Op. 30 BRUCH Lausche, lausche!; Im tiefen Tale; Goldne Brücken; Klosterlied; An den Jesusknaben; Verlassen BRAHMS Am Sonntag Morgen; An die Nachtigall; Herbstgefühl; Sonntag; Vergangen ist mir Glück und Heil; Die Mainacht; Von ewiger Liebe

AMANDA ROOCROFT

Anthony Roocroft

Wednesday 2 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE MUSIC 2

In recognition of Wigmore Hall’s 110th anniversary, the song series Decade by Decade celebrates the Hall’s illustrious history of hosting concerts featuring the world’s greatest singers. Soprano Amanda Roocroft returns to Wigmore Hall with a programme that explores the rich repertoire of German song from 1860 –1870, including music by the lesser-known composers Adolf Jensen and Liszt’s protégé, Peter Cornelius. £18 £25 £30 £35

NATIONAL STYLES During the Baroque period, distinctive musical styles arose in the major European countries. These were amalgamated in the music of the two great Baroque masters, Bach and Handel. This study session explores how they took elements from different national styles and fused them into a new and dynamic language.

Supported by the Decade by Decade Song Syndicate

Song Recital Series/Decade by Decade: 100 years of German Song 1810 –1910

Series ticket price £24 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Thursday 3 March 7.30 pm

THE ENDELLION STRING QUARTET BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F, Hess 34 (arr. of Piano Sonata Op. 14 No. 1) BRAHMS String Quartet in A minor Op. 51 No. 2 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E b Op. 127 A programme of three masterpieces for string quartet, opening with Beethoven’s own fascinating arrangement of his Op. 14 No. 1 Piano Sonata, followed by a Brahms masterpiece. Brahms laboured under the shadow of Beethoven’s quartets and destroyed many of his own quartets before finding his voice utterly convincingly in Op. 51. Beethoven’s Op. 127 is the first late quartet and one of the composer’s most warmly lyrical.

NASH ENSEMBLE

Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL

Saturday 5 March 7.30 pm

NASH ENSEMBLE PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE narrator*

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BORODIN String Sextet in D minor SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo for string octet Op. 11 PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf (arr. David Matthews) for narrator and ensemble BEETHOVEN Septet in E b Op. 20 A sparkling ending to the Nash Ensemble’s Beethoven and the Russians series. The programme features Borodin’s early, incomplete Sextet for strings; Shostakovich’s precocious Prelude and Scherzo for string octet; Prokofiev’s evergreen children’s story, in a chamber version preserving all its colourful instrumental characterisation; and a perennial Beethoven favourite, the Septet for wind and strings. £12 £16 £22 £26

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Sunday 6 March 4.00 pm Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

LUCA PISARONI baritone WOLFRAM RIEGER piano SCHUBERT Il traditor deluso; Il modo di prender moglie; L’incanto degli occhi; Heine Lieder from Schwanengesang: Der Atlas; Ihr Bild; Das Fischermädchen; Die Stadt; Am Meer; Der Doppelgänger LISZT Im Rhein, im schönen Strome; Vergiftet sind meine Lieder; Es muss ein Wunderbares sein; Die Vätergruft ; Tre sonetti di Petrarca

WIHAN QUARTET

Sussie Ahlburg

‘The singer’s dramatic versatility cannot be overstated: his innate ability to execute the written notes with consummate tone translated direct into the acute essence of feeling that is imperative in art song ...’ Opera News £12 concs £10

Sunday 6 March 11.30 am

Song Recital Series

WIHAN QUARTET JANÁC˘EK String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ ˘ ÁK String Quartet No. 11 in C Op. 61 DVOR Formed in 1985, the Wihan Quartet is heir to the great Czech musical tradition, and performs music by two of the country’s most celebrated composers, Janác˘ek and Dvor˘ák. Janác˘ek wrote the ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ in less than a month, in 1923, after reading Tolstoy’s novella of the same name. The music conveys Tolstoy’s vivid story of a failed marriage, adulterous affair and jealous murderer through passionate melodic outbursts and intense rhythmic motifs. £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

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LUCA PISARONI

Marco Borggreve

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ROYAL ACADEMY SOLOISTS

Sunday 6 March 7.30 pm

Monday 7 March 1.00 pm

ROYAL ACADEMY SOLOISTS CLIO GOULD director

MARTIN HELMCHEN piano

STURM UND DRANG BIBER Battalia MOZART Symphony No. 25 in G minor K183 HAYDN Symphony No. 26 in D minor ‘Lamentatione’ SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony Op. 110a The Royal Academy Soloists are an élite string ensemble of 14 young musicians, formed from students at the Royal Academy of Music. Under the direction of violinist Clio Gould they perform music spanning almost 300 years. ‘An ensemble which plays with the attention to detail one would expect from a string quartet, and the character and unanimity of its performances were a constant joy ... the quality of the playing, precision and intonation were astonishing’ The Strad

SCHOENBERG 6 Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 29 in B b Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’ Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and Fellow of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Martin Helmchen has rapidly established himself as one of the brightest stars of the younger generation. Helmchen pairs Schoenberg’s compact 6 Little Pieces, which demonstrate the composer’s ability to reduce musical elements to their absolute limits, with Beethoven’s mighty ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata, considered one of the most challenging solo works in the piano repertoire. £12 concs £10

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

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Tuesday 8 March 7.30 pm

WIHAN QUARTET MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E minor Op. 44 No. 2 JANÁC˘EK String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’ ˘ ÁK String Quartet No. 14 in A b Op. 105 DVOR ‘Nobody performs Dvor˘ák quite like his compatriots ... The Wihan are consummate instrumentalists in the great Czech tradition, as they show by their richly expressive accounts’ Sunday Times The Wihan Quartet performs the final quartets written by the Czech nationalistic composers Antonín Dvor˘ák and Leos˘ Janác˘ek. Dvor˘ák’s final chamber music work recalls traditional Bohemian folk dances with its wild energy and exuberant melodies, whilst Janác˘ek’s Quartet is an immensely emotional work, representing an ecstatic outpouring of emotion from the composer to a woman with whom he was madly in love. £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season

TREVOR PINNOCK

Peer Lindgreen

Thursday 10 March 7.30 pm

TREVOR PINNOCK harpsichord L. COUPERIN Prelude in D minor JACQUET DE LA GUERRE Sarabande in D minor; Chaconne in D BACH Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV830 HANDEL Chaconne in G HWV435 LOCKE Suite in C from Melothesia RAMEAU Quatres Pièces de clavecin

Series ticket price £24 (not part of subscription scheme)

An evening of invigorating Baroque music from Wigmore Hall regular Trevor Pinnock. The concert opens with a Prelude from Louis Couperin – one of the finest keyboard composers of the 17th century – and includes two elaborate works by one of the few known female Baroque composers, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Bach’s intricate Partita, with its distinctively angular opening melodic leaps, is followed by Handel’s dramatic Chaconne and music by English composer Matthew Locke.

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

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Wednesday 9 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE MUSIC 3 DISCOVER FIGURED BASS Figured bass was a key component in Baroque music, providing the harmonic structure of the music. This lecture explores how keyboard players interpret the notes and numbers of a figured bass to create a fluent performance.

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Friday 11 March 6.00 pm

PRE-CONCERT EVENT RAZUMOVSKY YOUNG ARTIST RECITAL The Razumovsky Academy provides an environment where exceptionally gifted young musicians work with some of the world’s finest artists and teachers. This concert is an opportunity to hear potential stars of the future at an early stage in their careers. £6 (not part of subscription scheme) or free with evening concert (separate ticket required)

PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

Marco Borggreve

Chamber Music Season

Saturday 12 March 7.30 pm

Friday 11 March 7.30 pm

RAZUMOVSKY ENSEMBLE ANA CHUMACHENKO violin DIEMUT POPPEN viola OLEG KOGAN cello MOZART Divertimento in E b K563 BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60 The highly acclaimed Razumovsky Ensemble operates as a fluid cooperative of soloists who come together for evenings of music-making. On this occasion Oleg Kogan will be joined by the violinist Ana Chumachenko and the violist Diemut Poppen. ‘ ... vividly communicated relish for playing chamber music at such a high level of accomplishment’ Guardian £15 £20 £25 £30

Chamber Music Season

PAVEL HAAS QUARTET DANJULO ISHIZAKA cello SCHULHOFF String Quartet No. 1 PROKOFIEV String Quartet No. 2 in F Op. 92 SCHUBERT String Quintet in C D956 Described as ‘one of the most polished and musically exciting young string quartets in the world today’ Washington Post, the Pavel Haas Quartet is renowned for its performances of Prokofiev, whose lively, folk-infused Second String Quartet forms the centrepiece of this programme. Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff’s fiery, tempestuous String Quartet opens the recital, which ends with Schubert’s lyrically expansive Quintet. ‘A performance of tremendous musical energy: robust, well characterised and exact’ Independent, on their recording of the Prokofiev Quartets £12 £16 £22 £26

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Monday 14 March 1.00 pm

FLORESTAN TRIO HAYDN Piano Trio in E b HXV:29 (Bartolozzi Trio) ˘ ÁK Piano Trio in F minor Op. 65 DVOR A favourite with Wigmore Hall audiences, the Florestan Trio performs one of Haydn’s most difficult trios, named after its dedicatee. This sprightly, good-natured work displays the composer’s easygoing inventiveness, as well as featuring a demanding, virtuosic part for the pianist. Dvor˘ák’s Trio is a more serious, stormy work, showing a more Brahmsian, romantic side to the composer. ‘The articulation of Susan Tomes and her colleagues is alert and imaginative … effortlessly capturing Haydn’s mercurial wit’ Sunday Times QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

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Sunday 13 March 11.30 am

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110 MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 6 in F minor Op. 80 With a repertoire that spans from early Haydn to contemporary Italian composers, the Quartetto di Cremona is well placed to perform these two contrasting works, written over 120 years apart. Both works are powerfully emotional pieces; Mendelssohn’s Quartet was written shortly after the death of his sister, and the composer’s grief and pessimism is apparent from the very opening notes, whilst Shostakovich’s densely compact work is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. £12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

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Richard Lewisohn

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Wednesday 16 March 6.30 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK With BERNARD LABADIE Free (ticket required)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event KALICHSTEIN/LAREDO/ROBINSON TRIO

Christian Steiner

Tuesday 15 March 7.30 pm

Wednesday 16 March 7.30 pm

KALICHSTEIN/LAREDO/ROBINSON TRIO

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC KARINA GAUVIN soprano BERNARD LABADIE conductor

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1 ‘Ghost’ RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op. 66 The Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio is one of today’s longeststanding trios, giving regular recitals across the globe. The Trio returns to Wigmore Hall with Beethoven’s wonderfully intimate ‘Ghost’ trio, Ravel’s richly colourful Piano Trio in A minor and Mendelssohn’s last chamber work with piano. £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season

Wednesday 16 March 5.00 – 6.15 pm

INTRODUCTION TO BAROQUE MUSIC 4 MUSICAL TECHNIQUES AND FORMS The Baroque period saw the rise of instrumental music and new ways of constructing large scale abstract works such as the concerto. Ground bass and other strict techniques were put at the service of musical expression and forms such as the da-capo aria exploited brilliantly. This lecture covers these ideas and how great Baroque musicians exploited them with mastery.

HANDEL’S TRAGIC MUSE HANDEL Orchestral interludes from Ariodante; Misera, dove son! from Ezio; La mia costanza from Ezio; Orchestral interludes from Alcina; Ah, mio cor, schernito sei from Alcina; Credete al mio dolore from Alcina; Orchestral interludes from Rodrigo; Ti pentirai, crudel from Tolomeo; Lascia, ch’io pianga from Rinaldo; Tornami a vagghegiar from Alcina Handel’s operas stand among the treasures of Western art, and their glorious music was vital to the development of opera in England. Leading Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie and his compatriot Karina Gauvin star in a programme featuring some of Handel’s greatest tragic arias, alongside the dance music from the operas Ariodante and Alcina. £18 £24 £28 £32

Early Music and Baroque Series

Series ticket price £24 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Saturday 19 March 2.00 pm

ÁLVARO PIERRI guitar FAMILY CONCERT For age 5 plus South American guitarist ÁLVARO PIERRI takes families on an inspiring journey to sun drenched Spain and South America – a musical treat for all the family, especially budding guitarists. Supported by The Lucille Graham Trust, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and The Charities Advisory Trust VIVIANE HAGNER

Marco Borggreve

Thursday 17 March 7.30 pm

Adults £7 Children £5 (not part of subscription scheme)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

VIVIANE HAGNER violin NICOLE HAGNER piano SCHUBERT Rondo in B minor D895 LISZT La lugubre gondola S134; Grand duo concertante GALANTE Kreutzerspiel (UK première) BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ Since making her international debut at the age of 12, the brilliant young German virtuoso Viviane Hagner has become one of today’s most exciting violinists, equally at home performing as soloist with leading orchestras around the world, or giving intimate recitals in leading concert halls. She returns to Wigmore Hall, with her sister Nicole, to perform a vivid programme of violin classics, together with the UK première of a new work by Galante. ‘Though obviously a splendid violinist, it’s her musicianship and emotional involvement that continually stand out’ Gramophone £15 £20 £25 £30

FAMILY CONCERT

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Sunday 20 March 11.30 am

KOPELMAN QUARTET HAYDN String Quartet in D Op. 64 No. 5 ‘The Lark’ SCHUBERT String Quartet in E b D87 STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for string quartet SHOSTAKOVICH Elegy and Polka Trained in the standards and style of the classic Russian school, the Kopelman Quartet performs with an explosive mix of technical excellence, lyricism and musical integrity. The quartet presents a wide-ranging programme from Haydn’s melodic, soaring ‘Lark’ Quartet to Stravinsky’s bare and enigmatic Three Pieces and Shostakovich’s jaunty and distended Polka. PACIFICA QUARTET

Robin Holland

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Saturday 19 March 7.30 pm

Coffee Concert

PACIFICA QUARTET MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E b Op. 12 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 5 in B b Op. 92 SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’ Winner of both the 2009 Grammy Award for ‘Best Chamber Music Performance’ and Musical America’s ‘Ensemble of the Year’, the America-based Pacifica Quartet has been acclaimed around the world for its virtuosity and exuberant performance style. The concert begins with an early work by Mendelssohn, and ends with one of Schubert’s most powerfully dramatic, bleak quartets, written towards the end of his life. ‘They play with stupendous, breathtaking virtuosity. This was an evening of intellectual fire’ Sunday Times £12 £16 £22 £26

KOPELMAN QUARTET

Kim Hansen

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Sunday 20 March 7.30 pm

EMANUEL AX piano SCHUBERT 4 Impromptus D935 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A D664 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B b D960 Emanuel Ax returns to Wigmore Hall with an all-Schubert programme including the composer’s last and most celebrated Piano Sonata in B b. ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN

Dario Acosta

Sunday 20 March 4.00 pm Wigmore Hall Recital Debut

ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN soprano SEROUJ KRADJIAN piano

‘Emanuel Ax is one of the most complete pianists of today – technically solid, deeply intelligent, and with a heart’ Independent £18 £25 £30 £35 (not part of subscription scheme) Supported by an anonymous donor

London Pianoforte Series

KOMITAS VARDAPET Ah, dear Maral; Apricot tree; Lullaby; Call to the sea HEGGIE Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia BERLIOZ La mort d’Ophélie VIARDOT Morirò; L’enfant et la mère; Grands oiseaux blancs; Bonjour mon cœur; Aime-moi OBRADORS La mi sola, Laureola; Al Amor; ¿Corazón, porqué pasáis; El majo celoso; El vito Described as possessing ‘a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts’ by Time magazine, the Armenian-Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian burst on to the international opera scene after winning the 2002 Operalia Competition. Since then she has performed in leading opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her Wigmore Hall debut recital incorporates music by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie and folk songs from the 20th-century Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet. ‘Isabel Bayrakdarian has a high, bright soprano voice that she employs with a lithe and winning energy’ Washington Post £12 concs £10

EMANUEL AX

Henry Fair

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Monday 21 March 1.00 pm

KOPELMAN QUARTET PROKOFIEV String Quartet No. 2 in F Op. 92 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 4 in D Op. 83 ‘The keynote of the Kopelman Quartet’s performance was a melting sweetness, assured in its professionalism, confidently affectionate and fluently sincere, with just an occasional hint of breathless wonder and delight, expressed through slight, almost unnoticeable rubato. This was a tour de force, enchanting and fresh’ Classical Source

PURCELL QUARTET

£12 concs £10

Monday 21 March 7.30 pm

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

PURCELL QUARTET DAME EMMA KIRKBY soprano MICHAEL CHANCE alto tenor to be announced

PETER HARVEY bass SCHÜTZ Symphoniae sacrae BIBER Harmonia Artificiosa J C BACH Mein Freundin, du bist schön; Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte (Lamento) BUXTEHUDE Cantatas A programme of music from composers who all influenced Johann Sebastian Bach. His uncle, Johann Christoph, effectively taught him in Eisenach, while the young Johann famously walked all the way to Lübeck to hear Buxtehude perform. Schütz was the towering genius of the 17th century, while Biber took the violin to new levels of virtuosity. £15 £20 £25 £30

Early Music and Baroque Series DAME EMMA KIRKBY

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PAUL LEWIS/SCHUBERT SERIES One of the highlights of the 110 th anniversary season will be the start of a prodigious two-year Schubert cycle from the much loved pianist Paul Lewis. Presented at Wigmore Hall in eight (repeated) concerts over three seasons, this series will encompass all of Schubert’s piano works as well as his three great song cycles in which Lewis will be partnered by Mark Padmore. Paul Lewis and Mark Padmore’s recent disc of Schubert’s Winterreise was featured by Gramophone Magazine as ‘Editor’s Choice Disc of the Month’, in which John Steane wrote: ‘... the listener must wait, out of respect to this marvellous partnership of Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis, until time can be taken for it alone and uninterrupted, to accompany them on the journey through to its unearthly end’ This Schubert cycle begins on 22 March with the Piano Sonata in C D840, nicknamed ‘Reliquie’ as it was thought erroneously to be Schubert’s last work when it is was published posthumously in 1861 (it was in fact written in 1825), the Piano Sonata in D D850, also composed in 1825, and the Drei Klavierstücke D946, written just six months before Schubert’s life was tragically cut short.

Tuesday 22 March 7.30 pm (repeated 24 March 7.30 pm)

PAUL LEWIS piano SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C D840 ‘Reliquie’ SCHUBERT Drei Klavierstücke D946 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in D D850 £18 £25 £30 £35

London Pianoforte Series/Paul Lewis Schubert Series

Forthcoming dates in the Series * 14 & 16 June 2011

PAUL LEWIS 21 & 23 June 2011

MARK PADMORE & PAUL LEWIS 15 & 17 November 2011

PAUL LEWIS 14 & 16 February 2012

MARK PADMORE & PAUL LEWIS 17 & 19 April 2012

PAUL LEWIS 12 & 14 June 2012

MARK PADMORE & PAUL LEWIS 13 & 15 November 2012

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Wednesday 23 March 6.00 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK COMPOSERS IN FOCUS ANTHONY BURTON in conversation with the composers of the evening concert Free (ticket required)

Wigmore Hall Learning Event

inspired by a Debussy miniature. The programme includes three premières: Simon Holt’s string sextet, which takes its title from a poem by Auden; Michael Berkeley’s setting of poems by Rilke, written specially for Claire Booth; and David Matthews’s Quintet for horn and strings, dedicated to the memory of his mentor Nicholas Maw. As a finale, Mark Padmore returns for a revival of a highly successful Wigmore Hall commission from 2009, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s lyrical song cycle on the theme of love. £10 £14 £17 £20

Wednesday 23 March 7.00 pm NB starting time

Chamber Music Season

NASH ENSEMBLE CLAIRE BOOTH soprano MARK PADMORE tenor PHILIPPA DAVIES flute RICHARD WATKINS horn LIONEL FRIEND conductor NASH INVENTIONS DEBUSSY Syrinx for solo flute BENNETT Sonata after Syrinx for flute, viola and harp HOLT The Torturer’s Horse for string sextet (world première)* M BERKELEY New work for soprano and ensemble (world première) D MATTHEWS Horn Quintet (world première) TURNAGE A Constant Obsession for tenor and eight players *Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble with funds provided by Wigmore Hall and the PRS for Music Foundation.

The Nash Ensemble welcomes some of its many friends among leading British composers, and celebrates Richard Rodney Bennett’s 75th birthday with a mellifluous trio CLAIRE BOOTH

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Sven Arnstein

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Friday 25 March 7.30 pm

LUCY CROWE soprano CLARA MOURIZ mezzo-soprano ALLAN CLAYTON tenor RONAN COLLETT baritone JOSEPH MIDDLETON piano CLAIRE MARTIN & RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

Sven Arnstein

Wednesday 23 March 10.00 pm

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT piano, arranger CLAIRE MARTIN vocalist NIGEL HITCHCOCK alto sax JEREMY BROWN double bass MATT SKELTON drums MEMBERS OF THE NASH ENSEMBLE JOHN WILSON conductor LATE NIGHT JAZZ EVENT Continuing his 75th birthday celebrations, Richard Rodney Bennett is joined by his regular collaborator Claire Martin, a jazz trio, and members of the Nash Ensemble in some special arrangements from the Great American Songbook – including songs by GEORGE GERSHWIN, COLE PORTER, KURT WEILL, RODGERS & HART and ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN. £12 concs £10

Chamber Music Season

Thursday 24 March 7.30 pm

PAUL LEWIS piano

COLOURS OF SPAIN TURINA Poema en forma de canciones WALTON Through gilded trellises BRAHMS Spanisches Lied; Es träumte mir, ich sei dir teuer SCHUMANN Der Hidalgo WOLF From Spanisches Liederbuch: Auf dem grünen Balkon; Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst; Bedeckt mich mit Blumen POULENC Toréador RAVEL Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera SAINT-SAËNS Guitares et Mandolines RAVEL Chanson épique from Don Quichotte à Dulcinée CHABRIER España, rhapsody arr. for voice SCHUMANN From Spanisches Liederspiel: Erste Begegnung; Intermezzo; Liebesgram; Hoch, hoch sind die Berge; In der Nacht; Flutenreicher Ebro; Es ist verraten; Melancholie; Geständnis; Der Kontrabandiste; Botschaft; Ich bin geliebt For his Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Award recital, pianist Joseph Middleton has programmed a concert with four regular young Wigmore Hall recitalists. Displaying the extraordinary influence the culture of Spain has had upon Western art song, the evening begins with evocative Turina songs before turning to repertoire written by non-Spaniards, but in music remaining distinctly Spanish in flavour.

Repeat of concert on 22 March £15 £20 £25 £30 £18 £25 £30 £35

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Saturday 26 March 7.30 pm

HAGEN QUARTET LUTOSL ´ AWSKI String Quartet BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C # minor Op. 131 One of the most significant composers of the 20th century, Lutosl´awski’s only String Quartet (written in 1964) employs a high level of spontaneity, where the four musicians almost improvise their respective parts. This experimental work is paired with Beethoven’s visionary quartet, which reflects an extraordinary depth of intensity within its seven powerful movements. £12 £16 £22 £26

Chamber Music Season

Sunday 27 March 11.30 am

ÁLVARO PIERRI

Sunday 27 March 7.30 pm

ÁLVARO PIERRI guitar ALBÉNIZ España Op. 165 L BERKELEY Sonatina Op. 52 No. 1 BOGDANOVIC Ricercare (ded. to Álvaro Pierri) BOGDANOVIC Jazz Sonatina PONCE Sonata III LLOBET Preludio; Variations on a theme by Fernando Sor GINASTERA Sonata for solo guitar Op. 47

Schubert’s final and colossal String Quartet in G formed part of a group of the composer’s late chamber works and piano sonatas that achieved unprecedented intensity and expression. The four-movement work is almost symphonic in scope, creating a rich complexity of writing produced by just four instruments.

To celebrate Wigmore Hall’s 110th anniversary, this season sees the launch of a new Guitar Series, where leading exponents of the instrument display the guitar’s huge versatility in the Hall’s intimate acoustic. Uruguayan guitarist Álvaro Pierri continues the series with a programme evoking the sun-drenched landscape of Spain, the jazzinfused soundscape of the Balkans, and includes Ginastera’s energetically rhythmic sonata.

‘Rarely has the Andante (of Schubert G major quartet) emerged so desolate or spectral as here, or the gossamer Scherzo been played with such quicksilver delicacy’ Daily Telegraph

‘Fluent technique, golden tone and singing musicality poured from his guitar. Pierri matched panache with reflectiveness and superb rhythmic flexibility’ Vancouver Sun

HAGEN QUARTET SCHUBERT String Quartet in G D887

£12 concs £10 incl. programme and coffee/sherry/juice

Coffee Concert

£15 £20 £25 £30

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Monday 28 March 1.00 pm

SARA MINGARDO contralto viola to be announced piano to be announced BRAHMS 2 Songs with viola Op. 91 MAHLER Rückert Lieder BRAHMS Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen; Von ewiger Liebe; Ständchen; Von waldbekränzter Höhe; Die Mainacht Acclaimed Italian contralto Sara Mingardo presents a programme of Mahler and Brahms, and includes Brahms’s Op. 91 which also incorporates his favourite instrument, the viola. £12 concs £10

LAWRENCE ZAZZO

Peter Evers

Tuesday 29 March 7.30 pm

LAWRENCE ZAZZO countertenor SIMON LEPPER piano

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

IVES Selection of songs to include: Memories: a. Very pleasant, b. Rather sad; Tom sails away; Songs my mother taught me ROREM War Scenes BARBER Hermit Songs Op. 29 GERLE Anacreontea: Drink Well and Sing Equally at home on both the recital platform and opera stage, American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo has established a busy international career, with regular performances in the world’s leading concert venues. His repertoire is equally diverse, ranging from Baroque to contemporary, including works by Thomas Adès and Jonathan Dove. ‘Lawrence Zazzo … shows himself a countertenor of gorgeous tone, superb control throughout the range, excellent musicianship and handsome bearing’ New York Times £15 £20 £25 £30

Song Recital Series/The Art of the Countertenor SARA MINGARDO

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Roberto Serra

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Since his successful debut at the Schubertiade in 2002, the Austrian baritone Florian Boesch has given recitals all over the world, from Japan to the USA. He recently won the coveted Golden Mask National Theatre Award for his performance in The Magic Flute at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Continuing the Decade by Decade series, this recital includes works written between 1870 and 1880. £18 £25 £30 £35 Supported by the Decade by Decade Song Syndicate

Song Recital Series/Decade by Decade: 100 Years of German Song 1810 –1910

FLORIAN BOESCH

Stephan von der Decken

Wednesday 30 March 7.30 pm

FLORIAN BOESCH baritone MALCOLM MARTINEAU piano 1870 –1880 BRAHMS 8 Lieder und Gesänge Op. 57 Heine settings by WOLF, GERNSHEIM, FIBICH and BRAHMS LISZT Gebet; Einst; An Edlitam; Ihr Glocken von Marling

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Sussie Ahlburg

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Thursday 31 March 7.30 pm

Florilegium’s 20th-anniversary season at Wigmore Hall starts with a programme of music by Vivaldi and Telemann. They will be joined by the soprano Elin Manahan Thomas for Vivaldi’s Laudate pueri and Motet Nulla in mundo. Instrumental works include some of Telemann’s Tafelmusik, his Double Concerto for recorder and bassoon and Vivaldi’s La Follia variations.

FLORILEGIUM ASHLEY SOLOMON director, flute, recorder ELIN MANAHAN THOMAS soprano JANE GOWER bassoon FLORILEGIUM 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIVALDI Sinfonia in G RV146 TELEMANN Quartet in D minor from Tafelmusik I VIVALDI Laudate pueri TELEMANN Concerto in F for recorder, bassoon, strings and basso continuo VIVALDI Trio Sonata in D minor Op. 1 No. 12 ‘La Follia’ VIVALDI Motet: Nulla in mundo pax sincera TELEMANN Conclusion in E minor from Tafelmusik II

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Amit Lennon

Early Music and Baroque Series

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BRAD MEHLDAU AT WIGMORE HALL Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is one of the most exciting musicians in his field today, touring and recording extensively with great success. Having been invited by John Gilhooly to curate Wigmore Hall’s Jazz Series from September 2009, Brad Mehldau brought his inimitable style to bear in a series of concerts over the 2009/10 season. This included a solo performance, appearances with Joshua Redman and the Brad Mehldau Trio, and a programme of both jazz and classical music with the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, including the UK première of new work co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and KölnMusik. Brad Mehldau continues his curatorship this year, inviting friends from across the musical spectrum to participate in a variety of duo performances which will explore the limits of improvisatory and experimental contemporary composition, in addition to more conventional work in the jazz tradition. Italian vocalist Diana Torto joins renowned British pianist John Taylor on 6 May; whilst German reeds player Klaus Gesing joins forces with the ubiquitous British pianist Gwilym Simcock on 2 June. In the autumn, Brad Mehldau himself forms two all-American partnerships, with versatile mandolin player Chris Thile on 16 September, and acclaimed singer Joe Henry on 2 December, concluding what promises to be an extraordinary and thought-provoking series of collaborations. This brings Brad’s tenure as Jazz Series Curator to a close.

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Booking for the concerts in this series is now open. Friday 6 May 2011 7.30 pm

DIANA TORTO singer JOHN TAYLOR piano £15 £20 £25 £30 (not part of subscription scheme)

Jazz Series

Thursday 2 June 2011 7.30 pm

Eric Richmond

£15 £20 £25 £30 (not part of subscription scheme)

JOHN TAYLOR

DIANA TORTO Rainer Rygalyk

KLAUS GESING reeds GWILYM SIMCOCK piano

Jazz Series

Friday 16 September 2011 7.30 pm

CHRIS THILE mandolin BRAD MEHLDAU piano

KLAUS GESING

GWILYM SIMCOCK

JOE HENRY

CHRIS THILE

£15 £20 £25 £30 (not part of subscription scheme)

Jazz Series

Friday 2 December 2011 7.30 pm

JOE HENRY singer BRAD MEHLDAU piano £15 £20 £25 £30 (not part of subscription scheme)

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EVENTS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE All events listed on pages 68 to 70 will open for booking on 2 November, with the exception of the Family Concerts on 29 January and 19 March, which go on sale alongside the other concerts in the January – March Wigmore Series. Family Events are supported by The Lucille Graham Trust, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and The Charities Advisory Trust.

Saturday 29 January 11.00 am

STEVEN ISSERLIS FAMILY CONCERT For age 5 plus A repeat of the concert on 28 January for families. Adults £7 Children £5 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Friday 28 January 11.00 am

STEVEN ISSERLIS KEY STAGE 2 SCHOOLS’ CONCERT Join world-renowned cellist, STEVEN ISSERLIS, and friends for an exciting programme including Little Red Violin – an exquisite children’s story based on Little Red Riding Hood, but with a very musical twist! Written by STEVEN ISSERLIS, with music by ANNE DUDLEY. £2.50 per ticket (not part of subscription scheme) www.benjaminharte.co.uk

Supported by John Lyon’s Charity and The Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust

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Thursday 17 February 11.00 am

O DUO: RHYTHMS OF THE WORLD KEY STAGE 1 SCHOOLS’ CONCERT Join inspirational percussionists O DUO for this rhythmic extravaganza. Samba and salsa your way to Wigmore Hall for this interactive concert featuring music from Africa, South America and Europe. Accompanied by a teachers’ pack packed full of musical classroom activities. £2.50 per ticket (not part of subscription scheme) Supported by John Lyon’s Charity and The Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust

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Saturday 12 February 10.30 am – 3.30 pm

SOUND EXPERIMENT FAMILY DAY For age 5 plus Discover exciting new ways to play with music in this technology-focussed family day. Join composer and soundartist DUNCAN CHAPMAN to create some new sounds and make some innovative music to perform on the Wigmore Hall stage at the end of the day. Adults £10 Children £8 (not part of subscription scheme)

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O DUO

Sussie Ahlburg

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Saturday 19 March 2.00 pm

ÁLVARO PIERRI FAMILY CONCERT For age 5 plus South American guitarist ÁLVARO PIERRI takes families on an inspiring journey to sun drenched Spain and South America – a musical treat for all the family, especially budding guitarists. www.benjaminharte.co.uk

Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Adults £7 Children £5 (not part of subscription scheme)

JUICE IT UP! HALF-TERM COURSE For ages 11 – 16 years Join experimental vocal trio, JUICE, and explore your vocal potential. From unusual traditional songs to vocal and body percussion, from harmony singing to animated scores, discover a new world of vocal sounds. £30 per ticket (not part of subscription scheme) Supported by Arts Council England ÁLVARO PIERRI

Saturday 12 March 10.30 am – 3.30 pm

PLAYING TRICKS FAMILY DAY For age 5 plus Discover the trickery and magic in the story of Pulcinella, hear how Stravinsky brought the characters to life and devise your own music for the story. With workshop leader SAM GLAZER and students from the Royal Academy of Music. This workshop is offered in collaboration with Open Academy and will be repeated at the Royal Academy of Music on Sunday 20 March. Adults £10 Children £8 (not part of subscription scheme)

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Booking Information SUBSCRIPTION BOOKINGS WIGMORE SERIES SUBSCRIPTIONS (excludes Coffee Concerts, BBC Lunchtime Concerts and other events where stated) Subscription I: Book 9 – 11 concerts at a 5% discount Subscription II: Book 12 or more concerts at a 10% discount

BBC LUNCHTIME CONCERT SUBSCRIPTIONS Book 10 or more concerts at a 5% discount Book all concerts in any one booking period at a 10% discount Benjamin Ealovega

BOOKING DATES BOOKING PERIOD 2 Sunday 2 January – Thursday 31 March 2011 Friends Priority booking form to reach the Box Office by 7 October Mailing List Priority booking form to reach the Box Office by 21 October General Public By telephone/online from 2 November

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COFFEE CONCERT SUBSCRIPTIONS Book 10 or more concerts at a 5% discount Book all concerts in any one booking period at a 10% discount To qualify for a subscription, the same number of tickets need to be booked for each event. Any tickets bought in addition to a subscription series must be paid for at the full rate. Discounts cannot be combined. Box Office information continues overleaf

BOOKING INFORMATION 2 January – 31 March 2011


WIGMORE HALL BOX OFFICE 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP Tel: 020 7935 2141 Online Booking: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk Email: (not for bookings) boxoffice@wigmore-hall.org.uk

TICKETS Unless otherwise stated, tickets are divided into four price ranges Stalls C – M: Highest price Stalls A – B, N – P: 2nd highest price Balcony A – D: 2nd highest price Stalls BB, CC, Q – S: 3rd price Stalls AA, T – X: Lowest price

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BOX OFFICE HOURS 7 days a week: 10 .00 am–8.30 pm. Days without an evening concert 10 .00 am–5.00 pm. No advance booking during the half-hour prior to performance. TELEPHONE BOOKINGS 7 days a week: 10.00 am–7.00 pm. Days without an evening concert 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. There is a non-refundable £2.00 administration charge for each transaction. This includes the return of your tickets by post if time permits. POSTAL BOOKINGS Please make cheques payable to Wigmore Hall with the amount left open but stating an upper limit, and add an administration charge of £2.00. Tickets will then be sent by post.

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ONLINE BOOKINGS

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Online booking is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a £1.00 administration charge online. You can select your own seat and make subscription bookings online.

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TICKETS FOR CONCESSIONS A-B CC BB AA

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P L AT F O R M

AA

Where a concession (concs) ticket price is listed these are available to students, senior citizens and the unemployed.

BOOKING INFORMATION 2 January – 31 March 2011


GROUP BOOKINGS Discounts of 10% are available for groups of 12 or more, subject to availability. WESTMINSTER RESCARD Westminster ResCard holders may obtain a 10% discount on ticket purchases of £3 or above. Two tickets per card (not applicable to subscription bookings). TRANSPORT Tubes: Bond Street (Central, Jubilee lines), Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines). Buses: A number of bus routes pass along Oxford Street. Car Parking: There is limited street parking after 6.30 pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday in permitted areas. Alternatively there are public car parks in Cavendish Square, Harley Street and Marylebone Lane, all of which are less than a five minute walk from the hall. RESTAURANT/BAR For Restaurant/Bar opening hours please telephone 020 7258 8292 Email: catering@wigmore-hall.org.uk FACILITIES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE Full details from 020 7258 8210

OX F O R D CIRCUS BOND STREET

This brochure is available in alternative formats. Please contact the Box Office if this would be of assistance to you. Telephone: 020 7935 2141 Email: boxoffice@wigmore-hall.org.uk Information in this brochure was correct at the time of printing. The right is reserved to substitute artists and to vary programmes if necessary. Cover photos by Benjamin Ealovega Cover design by aka Brochure design and production by Peter Williamson

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BOOKING INFORMATION 2 January – 31 March 2011


Friends of Wigmore Hall

Membership

Join our

friends Membership starts from just ÂŁ35 a year Join today and get priority booking & information, exclusive events & special offers

Pick up a leaflet in the foyer or ask at the Box Office Join online at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/friends Call the Friends’ Office on 020 7258 8230 Email friends@wigmore-hall.org.uk Photography: Ben Ealovega


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Supporting Wigmore Hall Wigmore Hall’s size brings an unparalleled sense of intimacy to every performance and is loved by audiences and musicians alike. However, the limitation that this places on audience numbers means that ticket sales alone cannot meet all our costs. Additional support from individuals, companies and charitable foundations is vital in order to ensure that the world’s finest musicians, together with promising young performers, continue to appear at Wigmore Hall. If you would like to support the Hall by becoming a Friend, or by sponsoring a concert or Learning event, please call 020 7258 8230 or email friends@wigmore-hall.org.uk for more information. The Wigmore Hall Trust is very grateful to the individuals and organisations listed below who have made an investment in our concert, learning and community programmes this season: HONORARY PATRONS Aubrey Adams Donald Kahn OBE Sir Ralph Kohn FRS and Lady Kohn Mr and Mrs Paul Morgan

DONORS AND SPONSORS Eric Abraham* Aubrey Adams* Lady Alexander of Weedon* Tony and Marion Allen* American Friends of Wigmore Hall † The Anniversary Patrons Arts Council England Anthony Austin Bequest from Dr Patricia Baker Alan Bell-Berry Mr Nicholas J Bez Arline Blass Karl Otto Bonnier*† David and Mary Bowerman* Alan Bradley* Nicolas and Hilary Browne-Wilkinson* Rainer and Doreen Burchett* Gwen and Stanley Burnton* Clive Butler Clive Barda

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Charities Advisory Trust Café de Colombia The late John Coblenz Edwin C Cohen* Sonia and Harvey Cole Complete Coffee John Crisp* Peter Crisp and Jeremy Crouch* Judy Davies and Kingsley Manning* Decade by Decade Song Syndicate Pauline Del Mar The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust The Dunard Fund The Ellerdale Trust Vernon and Hazel Ellis † The Elton Family The Equitable Charitable Trust The Fidelio Charitable Trust † Peter and Sonia Field John and Amy Ford Foyle Foundation Friends of Wigmore Hall Jonathan Gaisman* John and Lauren Goldsmith* The Gordon Foundation C H G Green The Milton Grundy Foundation*


Mr and Mrs Rex Harbour* The Hobson Charity André and Rosalie Hoffmann Gay Huey Evans* Graham and Amanda Hutton* Hutton Collins Partners LLP Hyde Park Place Estate Charity Simone Hyman* John Lyon’s Charity Marc Jourdren* Donald and Jeanne Kahn* Jerome Karet* Peter Jervis David & Louise Kaye* Sir Ralph Kohn FRS and Lady Kohn* The Kohn Foundation Christian Kwek and David Hodges* Joy and Geoffrey Lawrence Maryly La Follette* Lloyds TSB Private Banking The Lucille Graham Trust Simon and Pamela Majaro Stanley and Eithné Mann Martin Randall Travel Ltd Mayfield Valley Arts Trust Milton Damerel Trust Mr and Mrs Paul Morgan Amyas and Louise Morse* Lionel and Lynn Persey* The Piano Fund The Porter Foundation Dr Clive Potter* Oliver Prenn Nick and Claire Prettejohn* The Rayne Foundation David B Rockwell* † Conchita Romero*

Charles Rose* Rosenblatt Recitals Jackie Rosenfeld OBE Hon RCM* Ruth Rothbarth* † N M Rothschild and Sons Limited The Rubinstein Circle S E Franklin Charitable Trust No. 3 The Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen* Lois Sieff OBE Martin and Elise Smith* Victoria and Richard Sharp* Cita and Irwin Stelzer John Stephens OBE, Hon FTCL* The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation The Tertis Foundation Allen L Thomas and Jane Simpson ’Scilla and Tony Thornton*† John and Ann Tusa*† Marina Vaizey* Kathleen Verelst* Robin Vousden* Marie-Luise Waldeck David and Frances Waters* Michael Watson † Anne and David Weizmann* City of Westminster Mrs Mary Weston Tony Wingate † The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation The Wolfson Foundation Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Simon Yates and Kevin Roon* and several anonymous supporters *also Rubinstein Circle members † also Anniversary Patrons

The Wigmore Hall Trust, registered charity number 1024838


DIRECTOR JOHN GILHOOLY

36 WIGMORE STREET LONDON W1U 2BP WWW.WIGMORE-HALL.ORG.UK BOX OFFICE 020 7935 2141

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Wigmore Series January 2011 - March 2011  

Concerts at Wigmore Hall, London from January 2011 to March 2011