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BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine’s choice of the best Oc­to­ber con­certs and op­eras, plus a guide to Rameau’s Pig­malion

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The best con­certs and opera near you

1 IMS PRUSSIA COVE Hall for Corn­wall, Truro, 1 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1872 262466 Web: The In­ter­na­tional Mu­si­cians Sem­i­nar at Prussia Cove has been shar­ing its de­lib­er­a­tions na­tion­wide for 40 years, and to cel­e­brate, Markan­thony Tur­nage (be­low) has been com­mis­sioned to write a quin­tet for pi­ano and strings. Pre­miered in the com­pany of Mozart’s G mi­nor Quin­tet, K516 and Schubert’s Trout Quin­tet, Tur­nage’s Prus­sian Blue jour­neys from Truro to Wig­more Hall via Wells, Stowe and Cam­bridge.

2 BOURNEMOUTH SYM­PHONY ORCHES­TRA Light­house, Poole, 4 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1202 280000 Web: www.bso­

Em­bark­ing on its 125th an­niver­sary sea­son, the Bournemouth Sym­phony is think­ing big. En­list­ing the sea­soned ex­per­tise of on­des-martenot doyenne Cyn­thia Miller and pi­anist Steven Os­borne, Kir­ill Kara­bits con­ducts Mes­si­aen’s love song writ large: the Tu­ran­galîla Sym­phony. It’s paired with an­other French sym­phony, small yet per­fectly formed – Bizet’s scin­til­lat­ing Sym­phony in C.

3 ENGLISH TOUR­ING OPERA Hack­ney Em­pire, Lon­don, 4-7 Oct Tel: +44 (0)20 8985 2424 Web: www.en­glish­touring­

Direc­tor James Con­way takes the bold step of di­vid­ing Han­del’s opera se­ria master­piece Gi­ulio Ce­sare into two parts spread over two evenings – Part One en­com­pass­ing ‘The Death of Pom­pey’; Part Two wit­tily dubbed ‘Cleopa­tra’s Nee­dle’. And com­plet­ing an all­baroque au­tumn tour is Rameau’s Dar­danus given in its 1744 re­spray with tenor An­thony Gre­gory in the ti­tle role.

4 ROYAL SCOT­TISH NA­TIONAL ORCHES­TRA Caird Hall, Dundee, 5 Oct Tel: +44 (0)1382 434940 Web:

Fresh from an Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mari­in­sky Orches­tra, the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra ex­pands once more for a sea­son-open­ing ac­count of Stravin­sky’s The Rite of Spring. The pro­gramme opens with the Scot­tish pre­miere of Gavin Hig­gins’s Ve­loc­ity and El­gar’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo. Ni­cola Benedetti is the soloist and Peter Ound­jian con­ducts.

5 LON­DON PI­ANO FES­TI­VAL Kings Place, Lon­don, 5-8 Oct Tel: +44 (0)20 7520 1490 Web:

Fol­low­ing last year’s de­but in­stal­ment, the Lon­don Pi­ano Fes­ti­val is back with a Rus­sian flavour per­me­at­ing a line-up that musters – among solo and duo recitals – a two-pi­ano marathon for six pi­anists. New works by Elena Langer and Kevin Volans rub shoul­ders with Ravel and Shostakovich as Ilya Itin, Nel­son Go­erner and Melvyn Tan are among pi­anists join­ing artis­tic direc­tors Katya Apek­i­sheva and Charles Owen.

6 BBC PHIL­HAR­MONIC Bridge­wa­ter Hall, Manch­ester, 6 Oct Tel: +44 (0)161 907 9000 Web: www.bridge­wa­

The BBC Phil­har­monic’s chief con­duc­tor des­ig­nate cer­tainly earns his keep in a pair­ing of two ma­jor 20th-cen­tury works. Lead­ing from the front, John Storgårds plays the vi­o­lin in Mes­si­aen’s Quar­tet for the End of Time, be­fore tak­ing up the ba­ton for Shostakovich’s haunt­ing med­i­ta­tion on death, the Sym­phony No. 14. The soloists are so­prano Soile Isokoski and bass-bari­tone Stephen Richard­son.

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