Notable anniversaries - 2014

January 13th - Stephen Foster (American songwriter) died 1864
March 6th - Kirill Kondrashin (Russian conductor) born 1914
March 8th - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (German composer) born 1714
March 15th - Johan Halvorsen (Norwegian composer) born 1864
March 21st - Paul Tortelier (French cellist) born 1914
May 2nd - Giacomo Meyerbeer (German composer) died 1864
May 9th - Carlo Maria Giulini (Italian conductor) born 1914
June 11th - Richard Strauss (German composer) born 1864
July 1st - Pierre Monteux (French conductor) died 1964
July 2nd - Christoph Willibald Gluck (German composer) born 1714
August 28th - Anatol Lyadov (Russian composer) died 1914
September 12th - Jean-Philippe Rameau (French composer) died 1764
November 15th - Jorge Bolet (Cuban pianist) born 1914

continue...

December 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Presenter: Bernard Clarke
  1. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Nabucco (Overture) - Filarmonica Della Scala, cond. Riccardo Chailly (7.01)
  2. Joaquin Rodrigo (1902-1999): Fantasia para un gentilhombre - John Williams, guitar; English Chamber Orchestra, cond. Charles Groves (20.56)
  3. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell), Op. 34 - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Andrew Davis (17.12)
  4. Léo Delibes (1836-1891): Coppélia, suite for orchestra - Vienna State Opera Orchestra, cond. Maurice Abravanel (10.11)
  5. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621): The Lutheran Service (In dulci jubilo) - Gabrieli Consort, cond. Paul McCreesh (5.23)
  6. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Francesca da Rimini - Symphonic Fantasia after Dante, Op. 32 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Sian Edwards (23.12)
  7. Johann Strauss I (1804-1849): Radetzky March, Op. 228 - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Hans Knappertsbusch (2.59)

continue...

November 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, November 6th 2013

'Women Performing Music'
Presenter: Jim Bruce
Marin Alsop
  1. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Marche Slave, Op. 31 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Sian Edwards (9.08)
  2. Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 (iii. Rondo. Allegretto) - Sharon Kam, clarinet; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, cond. Kurt Masur: (6.39)
  3. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Rückert Lieder (4. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen) - Kathleen Ferrier, contralto; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Bruno Walter (5.30)
  4. Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Violin Concerto in D minor (iii. Allegro vivace) - Julia Fischer, violin; Russian National Orchestra, cond. Yakov Kreizberg (9.19)
  5. Gustav Holst (1874-1934): Symphony in F major, 'The Cotswolds' (iii. Scherzo: Presto, Allegretto) - Ulster Orchestra, cond. JoAnn Falletta: (4.58)
  6. Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837): Trumpet Concerto in E flat major (ii. Andante; iii. Allegro) - Alison Balsom, trumpet; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, cond. Stefan Solyom, (8.45)
  7. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Song Without Words in D, Op. 109 - Jacqueline Du Pré, cello; Gerald Moore, piano (5.35)
  8. Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): Les cyclopes, in D minor - Sophie Yates, harpsichord (3.42)
  9. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Impromptu No.2 in E flat, D.899, - Mitsuko Uchida, piano (4.55)
  10. Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World', Op. 95 (i. Adagio - Allegro molto) - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, cond. Marin Alsop: (11.46)

continue...

October 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

'Composers – the B team'
Presenter: John O'Hagan
William Boyce
  1. William Boyce (1711-1779): Overture (Symphony) No. 4 in F major - English Concert, dir. Trevor Pinnock (6.45)
  2. Antoine Brumel (c.1460-c.1520): Mass “Et ecce terrae motus” (Kyrie) - Huelgas Ensemble, cond. Paul Van Nevel (6.07)
  3. William Byrd (c.1543-1623): Come, woeful Orpheus - Pro Cantione Antiqua, cond. Geoffrey Mitchell (4.58)
  4. Georg Böhm (1661-1733): Chorale: Christ lag in Todesbanden - Francis Chapelet, organ (4.13)
  5. Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784): Adagio and Fugue in D minor - Irish Baroque Orchestra, dir. Monica Huggett (7.54)
  6. Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra (iv. Intermezzo interrotto; v. Finale) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. Fritz Reiner (13.11)
  7. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2 (ii. Adagio cantabile-Allegro-Tempo I) - Smithson String Quartet (6.08)
  8. Franz Berwald (1796-1868): Symphony No. 3 in C, "Sinfonie Singulière" (ii. Adagio-Scherzo.Allegro assai-Adagio) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Igor Markevitch (8.36)
  9. Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): String Quartet No. 2 (iii. Notturno: Andante) - Borodin String Quartet (8.09)
  10. Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Jeux d’Enfants - Montreal Symphony Orchestra, cond. Charles Dutoit (11.12)

continue...

September 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, September 4th 2013

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Presenter: Tadhg Donovan

  1. Canzonetta: La fiera vista - Concerto delle Dame di Ferrara, Sergio Vartolo (5.56)
  2. Madrigals Book 5 (O Mirtillo, Mirtillo, anima mia) - Concerto Italiano, cond. Rinaldo Alessandri (2.33)
  3. La favola d'Orfeo (Toccata; Scorto da te) - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Mary Nichols, mezzo-soprano; Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, cond. John Eliot Gardiner (8.07)
  4. Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Psalmus 147: Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum) - Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, cond. John Eliot Gardiner (4.42)
  5. The Coronation of Poppea (Pur ti miro! Pur ti godo!) - Roberta Mameli; Emanuella Galli; La Venexia, cond. Claudio Cavina (6.54)
  6. Madrigals Book 9 (Zefiro Torna) - Núria Rial, soprano; Philippe Jaroussky, counter tenor; L’Arpeggiata, cond. Christina Pluhar (7.04)

continue...

June 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, June 5th 2013
  1. Adolphe Adam (1803-1856): If I were King (Overture) - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Hayman (7.56)
  2. Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928- ): Cantus Arcticus "Concerto for Birds & Orchestra", Op. 61 (1. The Bog; 2. Melancholy) - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam (11.06)
  3. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Jérusalem (Ballet music) - La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Riccardo Chailly (19.17)
  4. Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904): Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 (No. 2 in E minor, Mazurka) - Chamber Orchestra of Europe, cond. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (5.53)
  5. Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Götterdämmerung (Act III. Siegfried's Funeral Music and Final Scene) - Cleveland Orchestra, cond. George Szell (14.14)
  6. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Saul, HWV 53 (Act 1. Chorus. How excellent thy name, oh Lord, etc.) - King's College Choir of Cambridge; English Chamber Orchestra, cond. Philip Ledger (11.26)
  7. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (16.15)
  8. Charles Gounod (1818-1893): Faust (Ainsi que la brise légère) - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Hayman (4.42)

continue...

May 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, May 1st 2013

  1. Anon. (10th C.): Gregorian Chant (Agnus Dei) - Choir of King’s College Cambridge (1.18)
  2. Josquin Desprez (c.1440-1521): Mille Regretz - The Scholars of London (1.51)
  3. Jacques Arcadelt (c.1505-1568): Margot, labourez les vignes - The Scholars of London (1.01)
  4. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): L’Orfeo (Toccata) - San Petronio Cappella Musicale, cond. Sergio Vartolo (1.55)
  5. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Concerti Grossi Op VI, No.1, (vi. Allegro) - Capella Istropolitana, cond. Jaroslav Krček (1.37)
  6. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): The Four Seasons: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "Summer" (iii. Allegro) - Nigel Kennedy, violin; English Chamber Orchestra (2.43)
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen – O Lamm Gottes unschuldig) - Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, cond. John Eliot Gardiner. (6.59)
  8. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Solomon, HWV 67 (Will the sun forget to streak?) - Susan Gritton, soprano; Gabrieli Consort & Players, cond. Paul McCreesh (6.20)
  9. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony No. 88 in G major (iv. Finale, Allegro con spirito) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Wilhelm Furtwängler (3.40)
  10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (ii. Andante) - Murray Perahia, piano; English Chamber Orchestra (6.55)
  11. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (iv. Allegro con brio) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Carlos Kleiber (8.36)
  12. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Mazurka in D, Op. 33, No. 2 - Irina Zaritzkaya, piano (2.16)
  13. Hector Berlioz (1836-1869): Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 (iv. March to the Scaffold) - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Colin Davis (6.47)
  14. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): La Traviata (Addio del passata bei sogni ridenti) - Maria Callas, soprano; Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, cond. G. Santini (3.27)
  15. Franz Liszt (1811-1886): A Faust Symphony (Final Chorus) - Andras Molnar, tenor; Hungarian State Opera Chorus, Franz Liszt Academy of Music Orchestra, cond. András Ligeti (7.32)
  16. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Rite of Spring (The Adoration of the Earth, IV. Spring Round Dances) - Kirov Orchestra, cond. Valery Gergiev (3.40)
  17. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): Candide (Overture) - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Leonard Bernstein (4.18)

continue...

April 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

  1. Francesco da Milano (1497-1543): Fantasia - Konrad Ragossnig, lute (2.51)
  2. William Byrd (1543-1623): A Fancie from “My Ladye Nevells Booke” - Paul Nicholson, organ (5.22)
  3. Luys de Narváez (fl. 1530-1550): Fantasia del cuarto tono - Grant Herreid, vihuela (1.49)
  4. Thomas Morley (1557-1603): Fantasia: Il Lamento - Dowland Consort (2.08)
  5. William Lawes (1602-1645): Consort Sett a 6 in F major, No. 8 (2. Fantazy) - Fretwork (2.27)
  6. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Fantasia in E flat major - Christine Schornsheim, harpsichord (4.56)
  7. Anton Heberle (c.1780-?): Fantasia (I. Tempo ad libitum) - Michala Petri, descant recorder (4.30)
  8. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): "Choral Fantasy", Op. 80 - Hélène Grimaud, piano; vocal soloists; Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen (19.03)
  9. Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): “Why Fum’th in Fight?” - Atlanta Chamber Chorus (0.54)
  10. Franz Waxman (1906-1967): Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet) - Maxim Vengerov, violin; Irina Vinogradova, piano (10.12)
  11. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1891): Night on Bare Mountain (arr. Leopold Stokowski) - Cleveland Orchestra cond. Oliver Knussen (9.23)
  12. Elliott Carter (1908-2012): A Fantasy about Purcell's Fantasia upon One Note - The London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, cond Christopher Larkin (3:15)

continue...

March 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, March 6th 2013


The Viennese fortepiano exemplified with three famous concertos
  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano; English Baroque Soloists, cond. John Eliot Gardiner (29.43)
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 - Steven Lubin, fortepiano; Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood (33.36)
  3. Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Allegro; 3. Allegro vivace) - Andreas Staier, fortepiano; Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, cond. Philippe Herreweghe (20.15)


continue...

February 2013 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, February 6th 2013

  1. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Overture: The Wasps - English Strings Orchestra, cond. William Boughton (8.34)
  2. Anon: Gregorian Chant - Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, cond. David Hill (1.05)
  3. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): O Viridissima Virga - Gothic Voices, cond. Christopher Page (3.10)
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): In Dulci Jubilo - Christopher Herrick, organ
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Wie Schon Leuchet Der Morgenstern - The King’s Consort, cond. Robert King (3.51)
  6. John Tavener (1944- ): The Lamb - Choir of Westminster Cathedral, cond. James O’Donnell (3.32)
  7. Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931): Rève d'enfant for violin & piano, Op.14 - Midori, violin; Robert McDonald, piano (4.36)
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op.35 - Ronald Brautigam, piano; Peter Masseurs, trumpet; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Riccardo Chailly (21.00)
  9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Rondo for violin & orchestra in B flat major, K. 269 - Pinchas Zukerman, violin; English Chamber Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim (7.31)
  10. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op.78 - Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, cond. Charles Dutoit; Peter Hurford, organ (34.00)

continue...

Contact us...

Your name:
Your EMAIL address:
How did you first hear about us?
Please type your query or comment here. We will respond by email as soon as possible.

Create a web form here