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BBC Total Immersion Day: Edgard Varèse
06 May Barbican Hall from 11.00am

Edgard Varèse, even a half century after his death, remains a controversial yet cult figure. Born in France in 1883, he moved to Italy to study and knew all the major artistic figures of his day. He emigrated to the US in 1915 and, apart from a five-year stint in Paris, remained there until his death in 1965. His unique voice and rigorous, though eclectic aesthetic, influenced countless younger composers even though his entire output can be performed in about three hours. So this Total Immersion is truly total - embracing every note he ever composed, including screenings of specially recorded BBC Symphony Orchestra films of Etude pour Espace and Ecuatorial.

11am and 6.45pm Reconstruction of Varèse’s piece for tape Poéme électronique, Foyers  |  12pm Talk, Fountain Room  |  2pm Concert, Milton Court  |  4.30pm Film, Cinema Two  |  6.15pm Performance, Foyers  |  7pm Concert, Hall



Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 04 May 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

It seems only apt that this summer concert begins with Wagner’s rousing orchestral opening as a welcome to Tasmin Little, an international star of great prestige, to Cadogan Hall. Under Christoph König – a conductor of ‘deep intelligence and musicality’ – Tasmin Little performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the foremost concertos of the Romantic era. Another Romantic gem rounds out this concert in style, is Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, one of the best loved symphonies of its kind.


6.15pm: RPO Preludes – Brahms: String Quintet No. 2

Some of the RPO’s best string players perform Brahms’ Second String Quintet, a work full of passionate expression, involving much contrast and musical conversation between the instruments.


Christoph König conductor
Tasmin Little violin



 

Lise Davidsen soprano & James Baillieu piano

Rosenblatt Recitals
09 May 7.30pm Wigmore Hall

Lise Davidsen was urged to develop her voice as an operatic soprano whilst studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, a recommendation fully justified in the wake of a string of prestigious award wins, including the Audience Prize at Operalia 2015. Davidsen’s 2016/17 season includes anticipated debuts at Glyndebourne and Opernhaus Zürich.


‘Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, aged 28, is the real deal … she sealed her win with singing that was strong and technically flawless, and put her name at the top of the list of young singers of her generation.’ Financial Times


Lise Davidsen soprano

James Baillieu piano
 

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