Music From Bach to Birtwistle
A concert featuring everything from a Bach Cello Suite to a world premiere, this programme brings a veritable mélange of music performed by experts of contemporary repertoire.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto bring us a world premiere by Peter Eötvös, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich deliver an explosive duet in a London premiere.
Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, praised by Concertonet for her ‘masterful technique in... smoothly delivered trills and arpeggios’, raises the curtain with Duke Ellington's smooth In a Sentimental Mood
Violinist Leticia Moreno introduces a Spanish flavour to the evening with a selection of the Canciones Populaires espagnolas followed by accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, called ‘superbly subtle and virtuosic’ by The Arts Desk, who takes the stage with cellist Alban Gerhardt for a special arrangement of Piazzolla’s Grand Tango.
The starry line-up continues with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan who joins pianist Tamara Stefanovich in songs by Wolf, written on texts by Goethe. Combining the eroticism of Wagner and genius of Schumann, Wolf's lieder are mini-masterpieces.
The purity of a solo Bach cello suite (Alban Gerhardt) opens the second half and then, changing the mood, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto, ground-breaking star violinists, combine in a wild selection of virtuosic duos. This includes the first performance of a short piece by Peter Eötvös written specially for the HP50 anniversary entitled For Lydia and based on the Lydian mode.