Unbound and bounden
In celebration of the 750th anniversary of the founding of University
College, Oxford, Howard Skempton has set an extract from Shelley's Prometheus
Unbound, to be premièred by the choir of the college at a concert
in St John's Smith Square, London on 14 November.
Skempton's carol setting of Adam lay y bounden is to be premièred
by the choir of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh on 28 December.
A BBC commission for The Cardinall's Musick to Michael Finnissy has produced
a ten-minute work entitled Palm-Sunday, based in part on Bruckner's
motet Vexilla Regis. The première is to be heard in a BBC
concert in Worcester Cathedral on 27 November celebrating musical landmarks
of the Millennium. Andrew Carwood conducts the Finnissy motet, and the rest
of the concert engages the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales under
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Scholars of Cambrai
There will be three opportunities in the USA to hear Circa 1400
- the opening concert of 1999-2000 season of The Scholars of Cambrai. Director
Gail Gillispie's selection includes music by Johannes Ciconia, Francesco
Landini, Leonel Power, and the 'Monk of Salzburg' (enigmatic composer of
some of the earliest Germanic secular polyphony). 12 November, 8pm, Evanston
Unitarian Church, 1330 N Ridge (Ridge, north of Dempster); 13 November,
8pm, St. Luke's Catholic Church, Lake St. at Lathrop, River Forest; 14 November,
3pm, All Saint's Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Ave. Hermitage at Wilson
(Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
or +1 708 758 3750.
November concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra include Paavo Bergland
directing Sibelius Symphony No 4 on 12, 13, together with Brahms Tragic
Overture and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole (soloist, Jorja Fleezanis).
Naive and sentimental music
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
in the Dutch première of John Adams' Naive and sentimental music
in Utrecht on Nov 11 and Amsterdam on the following evening.
Warwick Arts Society
Buoyed up by the Lindsays, Warwick Arts Society's 20th Anniversary year concerts in
the British Midlands continue with the Ludwig Quartet (Nov 12), who will
be exploring the rare G major Quartet by Franck's protege Ernest Chausson,
and the Skampa Quartet (Dec 3), who set Suk's Meditation and Richter's Divertimento
alongside Dvorak. Both concerts are in the newly refurbished Royal PumpRooms,
Leamington Spa. Events at St.Mary's, Warwick include Florilegium (2 Nov)
and the Wren Baroque Soloists (30 Nov). December showcases two mediaeval-inspired
groups - The City Waites (Dec l0) and Sirinu (Dec l6) - at the Lord Leycester
Hospital, Warwick, while the Mellstock Band revives raucous memories of
Thomas Hardy's Wessex in the historic village of Salford Priors (Dec 15).
Next year's Warwick and Leamington Festival will be on 1-l5 July 2000.
Full details : 01926-410747 /496277.
1999/2000 season in Budapest
The Budapest Philharmonic's 1999/2000 season includes music by Liszt,
Mozart and Tchaikovsky (13-14 December, conducted by Zuohang Chen, with
Barry Douglas, piano); Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven (31 January, with the
Beaux Arts Trio); Bach, Mozart and Bartók (28 February); Mahler's
3rd Symphony (20-21 March); Sibelius (3-4 April); Beethoven's Symphonies
1 and 9 (15-16 May).
Budapest Opera premières include Britten's Peter Grimes
(staged by Balazs Kovalik - 13, 14, 17, 19, 23, 28 November and 18, 20 January),
Three Sisters by Peter Eotvos (based on Chekhov, staged by Istvan
Szabo - 2, 5 April) and Bizet's Carmen (staged by Mikos Szinetar
- 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30 May).
Other events in Budapest include the Nureyev Ballet Competition (16 March
finals, 17 March gala. Opera House).
Del Cuarto Elemento
Music by James Dillon, featured recently at Norway's Ultima Festival,
can be heard in several countries during the coming weeks. Cellist Rohan
de Saram will give the UK première of Eos on 23 November at
the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and in Austria, violinist
Irvine Arditti will play Del Cuarto Elemento at Wien Modern on 14
November. Dillon, who is currently working on music for Stuttgart's ECLAT
Festival in February, will celebrate his 50th birthday in October 2000.
Info: Edition Peters.
Voces Sacrae's latest recordings include Michael Finnissy's Seven
Sacred Motets (l991), recorded on Metier MSV CD92023, and 'Except the
Lord Build the House', recorded in Exeter College Chapel together with the
choir of St.Mary Magdalen, and comprising music by Mendelssohn, Byrd, John
Rutter and W.S.Lloyd Webber (Metier ..........). The 8-voice choir was recently
heard at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, during a tour of New South Wales.
Voces Sacrae's recording of Michael Berkeley's Eight Motets, together
with music by Magnus Williamson, Gabriel Jackson and Bob Chilcott, will
be released in the new year.
Voces Sacrae can be contacted
by e-mail, or visit their website.
A European tour by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will bring Biped,
a new work to a commissioned score by Gavin Bryars to Paris for a season
9-20 November. The work explores a new animation technology of motion capture.
English Fancie Camarada
The English Fancie Camarada presents a retrospective series of 20th century
chamber music at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK, all starting at 7.30pm.
On 13 November, 'the war years', you can hear the Phantasy for Piano
Quartet by Frank Bridge, Fantasy for String Quartet by Herbert
Howells, the Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet by Arnold Bax, Alan Rawsthorne's
Oboe Quartet, the Delius Cello Sonata, and Britten's Phantasy Quartet.
Further concerts (including many Camarada commissions and first performances)
will be held on 4 December - 'War years - the aftermath', 29 January - 'New
directions' (with a 6.30pm pre-concert talk by Richard Rodney Bennett) and
3 March - 'towards the millennium' (6.30pm pre-concert talk by Howard Skempton).
Tickets cost GBP 7 (concessions GBP 5) per concert, from The Playhouse,
Beaumont Street, Oxford, +44 (0)1865 798600 or at the door. Info: +44 (0)1252
Judith Lang Zaimont
Forthcoming U.S. performances of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont include the world première of
her Piano Sonata on November 14, 1999 at Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery
by Bradford Gowen.
Norwegian National Ballet will present Michael Corder's celebrated production
of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet in its first visit to London, 16-20
November at Sadler's Wells. Booking: +44 (0)171 863 8000.
St Ceciliatide International Festival
The 5th St Ceciliatide
International Festival of Music takes place at Stationers' Hall in the
City of London 20-28 November. American musicologist Joshua Rifkin and the
Bach Ensemble play Bach concertos and the Ouverture in D (minus the oboes,
trumpets and drums it later acquired) 24 Nov. Fiori Musicale present Vivaldi's
Seasons on 20 & 21 November with new music by Geoffrey Burgon reflecting
on the Vivaldi work and interweaving with it. Chapelle du Roi sing Guerrero's
Vespers for St Ceciliatide on 22 Nov, and the Finnish Yggdrasil Quartet
mark the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death on 25 November with pianist
Fumiko Shiraga playing new chamber arrangements of Chopin's two piano concertos.
The Lindsay Quartet plays Beethoven on the 26th and Fiori Musicale reappear
on 27 and 28 November with James Bowman presenting two choral works by Zelenka
and Bach Cantata 54 (Widerstehe doch der Sunde).
Gary Dranch plays Krenek
Clarinettist Gary Dranch will give a recital at the Donnell Library Center,
20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 on 21 November, 2:30pm. This chamber
recital includes clarinet, violin and piano trios by Ida Gotkovsky (born
1933) and Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), a clarinet, cello and piano trio by
Paul Juon (1872-1940) and a qauartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello
by Bernhard Hendrik Crusell (1775-1838).
The UK-based Tallis Scholars under their founder and conductor Peter
Phillips visit Italy 24-28 Nov (Rome, Bolsena, Frosinone, Grotta Ferrata,
Milan), and the Netherlands 12-13 January (Rotterdam and Enschede). Full
info on their recordings at www.gimell.com.
Song at St John's
The 30th Anniversary Season commencing in October at St John's Smith
Square, London, contains Song at St John's, a blossoming of solo
song with piano. Four Russian evenings commence on 27 November with Galina
Gorchakova. A Millennium Song Series, 'Across Time and Space', explores
themes of time, culture and society. There will be a Study Day led by Roderic
Swanston on 16 January with the first recital on 7 February bringing Susan
Bickley and Paul Robinson for a programme drawn from Italy, Spain, Russia
and the UK. Finally, on 17 March Rosalind Plowright and the Mastersingers
Company introduce a Celebrity Song Series. Box office: +44 (0)20 7233 1618
Ensemble Wind Quintet will play in London's Purcell Room as part of 'Fresh Young Artists Platform' on
7 December, 7.30pm. The ensemble will give the world première of
a work written for them - Paul Patterson's Westerley Winds, the European
première of Philip Bimstein's Casino for quintet and tape,
and music by Berio, Briccialid, Pärt and Tinoco. Tickets GBP 10 (GBP
8, concessions) from email@example.com
or phone +44 (0)171 960 4242. Other Galliard Ensemble appearances include
27 November, 11am (Birtwistle, Olsen, Lindberg, Tinoco and Ligeti - Huddersfield
Festival, St Paul's Hall); 6 February 2000, 9pm (Cambini, Briccialdi, Holst,
Ibert, Pärt, Ligeti and Patterson - Balliol College Oxford).
Budapest's Vigad Concert Hall is the venue for the Hungarian Chamber
Symphony Orchestra's interesting programme on 28 November, 7.30pm. Soprano
Katalin Pitti and pianist Gabriel Gorog join the orchestra, and Alberto
Santana conducts Prokofiev's Classical Symphony Op 25, Anton Rubinstein's
Piano Concerto No 4, Op 70 in D minor, Tres postals illuminades by
Xavier Montsalvatge and Mignons Lied, Die drei Zigeuner and
Die Loreley by Liszt. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Burning Bush
A distinctive integration of traditional musics
will be heard at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 28 November. Lucie
Skeaping, Arab folk musicians and the The Burning Bush, an ensemble
specialising in traditional Jewish world music, will present it using a
wide array of exotic instruments.
'Jazz on the level' will be a series at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales
on Tuesdays at 8.30: Just East of Jazz, 30 Nov; John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus,
25 Jan; Tony Coe Trio, 15 Feb; Marlene Verplank and her Musicians, 7 March.
Box Office: +44 (0)1222 878444.
Yehuda Kanar recital
Cellist Yehuda Kanar and pianist Julian Jacobson play Max Bruch's Kol
Nidrei, Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Fauré's Elégie
and Rachmaninov's Sonata on 1 December, 8pm at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street,
London W1. Info: +44 (0)20 8952 2009.
York's involvement in early music is increasing progressively through
the activities of their Early Music Foundation. On 3 December is held a
Medieval Feast for the Archbishop of York, a re-creation of the celebration
in 1437, and on 17 December a programme of Christmas music by the group
Passacaglia. There is more pre-Christmas and Christmas music. Info email@example.com
Sir Colin Davis conducts a Berlioz Odyssey commencing on 5 December.
This is described as an 'epic journey' and will involve the London Symphony
Orchestra, various soloists and choirs. Full information on +44 (0)845 60
Forgotten genius of Renaissance Spain
A native of Flanders, Philippe Rogier (c1561-1596) lived and worked mostly
in southern Spain, and his music reflects both styles. Magnificat 's final concert of Rogier's music in London
this Autumn is at St James, Piccadilly, 10 December, 7.30pm: Missa Domine
Dominus Noster - also featuring The Wallace Collection in Rogier's festive
polychoral Christmas music.
About Time in Ely
On Sunday 12 December a BBC Millenium concert will take place in Ely
Cathedral presenting The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Birmingham
Contemporary Music Group conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in a programme including
Haydn's Te Deum and Beethoven's Ninth plus the première of
Mark-Anthony Turnage's About Time. Info: +44 (0)1353 660349.
Uppsala Choral Symphony
Soprano Gunilla Stephen-Kallin, mezzo Ulrika Tenstam, tenor Lars Cleveman,
bass Gunnar Lundberg, the Störkyrkans Kor, and the Uppsala Chamber
Orchestra will be conducted by Gustaf Sjökvist in a performance of
Beethoven's Symphony No 9 at Universitetets Aula, Uppsala, Sweden on 16
December, 7.30pm. Tickets: 077-1707070.
The illustrious Guaneri String Quartet, which has a residency at the
University of Maryland, is to première a Concerto for string quartet
and orchestra by Richard Danielpour with the National Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Leonard Slatkin at Washington's Kennedy Center on 13, 14, and
15 January 2000 then in New York at Carnegie Hall on 25 January.
Oreste and Oresteia
The English Bach Festival Opera presents a short season in January at
the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera in London. Oreste by
Handel, not heard in England since 1734, will be staged on January 14 and
22 at 7.30 and 16 and 23 at 4. At the reverse end of the chronological scale
Xenakis' Oresteia will be given its first performance in England
of the new complete version. Dates: Jan 15,18,19,21 at 7.30.Box office:
+44 (0)207 304 4000.
The Sixteen in sixteen cathedrals
From February to November 2000, The Sixteen will perform in 16 of England's
finest cathedrals. Starting in York and ending in Canterbury, the choir
will sing some of the best renaissance music by Byrd, Taverner and Tallis
- composers connected historically with the cathedrals. Watch out for a
new page on The Sixteen
website, which (by the end of October) will give further information
and booking details.
The Plymouth Music Series in Minneapolis has announced its 1999-2000
season, called 'Uncommon Artistry'. Witness will be partially African American
with a song cycle from John Williams and Dream N. the Hood, a rap
symphony by Gregory T.S.Walker to be programmed in Orchestra Hall on 19
Feb; The Kings Singers will present Aha! Cappella at Wooddale Church
on 7 April; Czech composer Jan Jiraseks reworking of Bach's St Luke's Passion
will be sung on 12 May at the Ted Mann Concert Hall. Info: +1 612 624 2345.
Elliot Carter's recently premièred one act comic opera What
Next? is at the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 25 and 31 March
2000. With text by Paul Griffiths (after Jacques Tati's film Traffic),
What Next? is conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Nicolas
Brieger, with decor by Gisbert Jaekel.
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