Ro­man­tic Ox­ford

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Could one imag­ine a mist­ier, more mel­low ex­am­ple of au­tum­nal mu­sic-mak­ing than the ‘The Last Romantics’ in the city of dream­ing spires (pic­tured)? This year’s Ox­ford Lieder Fes­ti­val has Mahler and his con­tem­po­raries at the heart of a pro­gramme that fea­tures singers such as so­prano Sylvia Schwartz, tenors Ian Bostridge and Mark Pad­more, and mezzo Dame Sarah Con­nolly.

7 GLYN­DE­BOURNE ON TOUR Glyn­de­bourne, Lewes and var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, 7-28 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1273 815000 Web: www.glyn­de­ Un­veiled at Glyn­de­bourne this sum­mer, Brett Dean’s Ham­let (above) takes pride of place in the com­pany’s six-venue au­tumn tour that also re­vis­its Ni­cholas Hyt­ner’s pro­duc­tion of Mozart’s bit­ter­sweet com­edy Così fan tutte, and Rossini’s Il bar­bi­ere di Siviglia (di­rected by Annabel Ar­den for the 2016 Glyn­de­bourne fes­ti­val). Dun­can Ward con­ducts Ham­let with tenor David Butt Philip as the tor­mented Prince and so­prano Jen­nifer France as Ophe­lia

8 EN­SEM­BLE 360 Crucible Stu­dio The­atre, Shef eld, 9 Oct Tel: +44 (0)114 249 6000 Web:­sicinth­er­

Ox­ford Lieder Fes­ti­val isn’t alone in pon­der­ing Vi­enna (see Choice 12). Mu­sic in the Round’s flag­ship cham­ber group, En­sem­ble 360, launches the new Sh­effield sea­son with Korn­gold’s op­u­lent Pi­ano Quin­tet in E, Mahler’s Pi­ano Quar­tet frag­ment and the early String Quar­tet, D353 by Schubert. The mainly Vi­en­nese pro­gramme also fea­tures Be­rio’s ex­per­i­men­tal Se­quenza IV.

9 AURORA ORCHES­TRA St Ge­orge’s Bris­tol, 11 Oct Tel: 0845 402 4001 (UK only) Web: www.stge­orges­bris­

When it’s not liv­ing dan­ger­ously play­ing sym­phonies from mem­ory, con­duc­tor Ni­cholas Col­lon’s Aurora Orches­tra rev­els in tack­ling ear-open­ing orches­tral re­duc­tions such as Iain Far­ring­ton’s in­ge­nious dis­til­la­tion for 16 play­ers of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Sung by mezzo-so­prano Sarah Con­nolly and tenor An­drew Sta­ples, it fol­lows Mahler’s youth­ful Pi­ano Quar­tet move­ment and Mozart’s Pi­ano Con­certo, K413.

10 LON­DON SIN­FONI­ETTA St John’s Smith Square, 11 Oct Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 1061 Web:

The Lon­don Sin­foni­etta notches up its half-cen­tury with a series de­fi­antly en­ti­tled ‘Un­fin­ished Busi­ness’. First up is one of the en­sem­ble’s ear­li­est com­mis­sions: Hans Werner Henze’s Voices. Fif­teen mu­si­cians range over some 70 in­stru­ments in an ex­u­ber­ant folk-song ta­pes­try spiked with elec­tron­ics, sports com­men­tary and Ho Chi Minh’s ‘Prison Song!’. Sin­foni­etta co-founder David Ather­ton con­ducts.

11 UL­STER ORCHES­TRA Ul­ster Hall, Belfast, 13 Oct Tel: +44 (0)28 9033 4455 Web: www.ul­s­terorches­

Con­ducted by Gergely Madaras, the Ul­ster Orches­tra flaunts some of its most ex­otic plumage in a pro­gramme book­ended by Kodály’s Pea­cock Vari­a­tions and the suite from Stravin­sky’s The Fire­bird. Be­tween them Brit­ten’s Pi­ano Con­certo takes flight un­der the fin­gers of ar­dent cham­pion Steven Os­borne.

12 OX­FORD LIEDER FES­TI­VAL Ox­ford, 13-28 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1865 591276 Web: www.ox­

From a silent movie screen­ing of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkava­lier ac­com­pa­nied by the Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment to Schoen­berg’s Pier­rot Lu­naire in New Col­lege Chapel, ‘Mahler and fin-de-siè­cle Vi­enna’ is en­gross­ing this year’s Ox­ford Lieder Fes­ti­val. Help­ing to con­tex­tu­alise the com­poser’s com­plete songs with pi­ano is a tempt­ing ros­ter of singers, in­clud­ing mezzo-so­pra­nos Katarina Karnéus and An­ge­lika Kirch­schlager, plus tenors Ian Bostridge and Mark Pad­more. 13 BARRY DOU­GLAS All Saints’ Church, Dul­ver­ton, 14 & 15 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1392 665885 Web: www.thet­wom­oors­fes­ti­ A Schubert song cy­cle day, the City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Orches­tra, and vi­o­lin­ist Tas­min Lit­tle are among the temp­ta­tions pro­posed by 2017’s Two Moors Fes­ti­val. Pi­anist Barry Dou­glas joins the En­del­lion Quar­tet for Brahms’s pro­tean Pi­ano Quin­tet fol­low­ing a solo recital the night be­fore in which Tchaikovsky’s Grand Sonata, Op. 37 crowns Schubert’s Sonata, D958 and Brit­ten’s Noc­turne. 14 ROYAL LIVER­POOL PHIL­HAR­MONIC Phil­har­monic Hall, Liver­pool, 19 & 22 Oct Tel: +44 (0)151 709 3789 Web: www.liv­er­pool­ The UK pre­miere of Aaron Jay Ker­nis’s Legacy for solo horn, harp, per­cus­sion and strings, and Leonard Bern­stein’s On the Wa­ter­front Suite en­sure a transat­lantic slant when James Fed­deck con­ducts Holst’s The Plan­ets. The mati­nee re­peat stays State­side, but swaps the Ker­nis and Bern­stein for John Adams and Gersh­win’s Pi­ano Con­certo. Ju­lian Joseph is the soloist.

15 TO­TAL IM­MER­SION Bar­bican, Lon­don, 21 Oct Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891 Web:­

Ju­lian An­der­son, this year’s win­ner of the BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine Pre­miere Award, is the lat­est

com­poser to be fêted in the BBC’S day-long To­tal Im­mer­sion series. A cap­pella sa­cred mu­sic from the BBC Singers, cham­ber works and a ‘Meet the Com­poser’ ses­sion pave the way for an orches­tral por­trait in­clud­ing An­der­son’s Fan­tasias and his Sym­phony (2003). Ed­ward Gard­ner con­ducts the BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra.


Sym­phony Hall, Birm­ing­ham, 25 Oct

Tel: +44 (0)121 780 3333 Web:

Scarcely a month after launch­ing the CBSO’S sea­son with Haydn’s The Cre­ation, the orches­tra’s cho­rus is pressed into ser­vice once more for Verdi’s un­apolo­get­i­cally oper­atic set­ting of the Re­quiem texts. Con­duc­tor Ed­ward Gard­ner over­sees a dis­tin­guished solo quar­tet of so­prano Natalya Ro­maniw, mezzo-so­prano Karen Cargill, tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones and bass Brind­ley Sher­ratt.

17 BRECON BAROQUE FES­TI­VAL Brecon, Powys, 26-30 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1874 611622 Web: www.bre­con­baro­que­fes­ti­

It’s ‘Viva Vi­valdi’ as vi­o­lin­ist Rachel Podger’s 12th Brecon-based early mu­sic fes­ti­val homes in on the ‘Red Priest’ and his Vene­tian mi­lieu. En­sem­ble Diderot (be­low) delves into the 17th­cen­tury hin­ter­land with Marini and Castello, while Podger her­self plays Vi­valdi’s Four Sea­sons in a pro­gramme mar­ry­ing Le­grenzi and JS Bach. To set the ball rolling, I Fa­gi­olini salutes Mon­teverdi at 450 with cho­ral works by the com­poser and his con­tem­po­raries.

18 BRIT­TEN WEEK­END Snape Malt­ings, 27 & 28 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1728 687110 Web: www.snape­malt­

As Snape Malt­ings em­barks on its ‘Brit­ten Week­end’, the com­poser’s ra­dio out­put is ex­plored. An ex­cur­sion to Or­ford Church recre­ates Louis Mac­ne­ice’s 1946 ra­dio play The Dark Tower com­plete with Brit­ten’s score per­formed by the BBC Con­cert Orches­tra un­der Robert Ziegler. And the same forces (but with An­drew Gourlay con­duct­ing) dust down Brit­ten’s mu­sic for King Arthur.

19 WEST-EAST­ERN DI­VAN ORCHESTERA South­bank Cen­tre, Lon­don, 28 & 29 Oct Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555 Web: www.south­bank­cen­tre.

Daniel Baren­boim and his West-east­ern Di­van Orches­tra might have been ab­sent from this year’s BBC Proms but they re­turn to Lon­don to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the death of cel­list Jac­que­line du Pré with two fundrais­ing con­certs in aid of mul­ti­ple sclero­sis re­search. The pro­gramme in­cludes Strauss’s solo cello en­riched tone poem Don Quixote.

20 RAMEAU’S PIG­MALION Sal­lis Ben­ney The­atre, Brighton, 28 & 29 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1273 709709 Web:

Two new opera pro­duc­tions en­liven a Brighton Early Mu­sic Fes­ti­val cir­cling the theme of ‘Roots’. Mon­teverdi’s L’or­feo sam­ples the genre’s first master­piece, while Rameau’s Pig­malion (see box) em­bod­ies the high French Baroque. Staged by Karolina So­fu­lak, pe­riod instrument En­sem­ble Molière gives the lat­ter a 21st-cen­tury twist with dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion.

baroque strides: En­sem­ble Diderot ex­plores the mu­sic of 17th-cen­tury Venice (Choice 17)

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