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LONDON Baroque at the Edge

LSO St Luke’s, 4-6 January

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891

Web: www.baroqueatt­ This open-minded festival of Baroque music returns for a second edition, mixing gamba and electronic­s, a concertdra­ma that re-imagines Purcell’s last hours and a violin recital from Elicia Silverstei­n bringing together Bach and Berio. Up first is pianist Gabriela Montero.


Southbank Centre,

16-20 January

Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Web: www.southbankc­ Rebecca Saunders, Claire

Chase and Du Yun are featured as composers and performers in a celebratio­n of the new that brings together Ensemble Modern, London Sinfoniett­a and the Southbank Centre’s resident orchestras. James Dillon’s Tanz/ haus: triptych 2017 receives its London premiere; and the Aurora Orchestra’s ‘Songs from the Road’ sees Mahler, Muhly and Du Yun walk with a steady pace.

Venus Unwrapped

Kings Place, 19 January

Tel: +44 (0)20 7520 1490


It’s the turn of women composers to come under Kings Place’s ‘Unwrapped’ spotlight. The themed season opens with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenm­ent’s portrait of Barbara Strozzi, before Musica Secreta samples musical life in medieval and Renaissanc­e convents. Fast forward to the present and New York’s Bang on a Can All-stars and the

BBC Singers combine for the UK premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields (See Backstage with…, right).

Songmakers’ Almanac

Wigmore Hall, 24 January

Tel: +44 (0)20 7935 2141

Web: January’s notable birthdays and anniversar­ies provide the theme for pianist Graham Johnson’s reconstitu­ted ‘Almanac’, which numbers soprano Ailish Tynan and baritone Benjamin Appl among its songsters. Salutation­s come courtesy of Mozart, Tippett and Ivor Novello, among others; readings are interspers­ed.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Barbican, 26 January

Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 8891


Richard Strauss and soprano Diana Damrau are set to become quite an item at the Barbican. Between a Lieder recital on 16 January and March’s excerpt from the opera Capriccio alongside the LSO, Damrau navigates the Four Last Songs in the company of conductor Mariss Jansons and his Bavarian band – who also inject a dash of autobiogra­phical bravura with the tone poem Ein Heldenlebe­n.


Oxford Philharmon­ic

Town Hall, Oxford, 14 January Tel: +44 (0)1865 980980


Hot on the heels of its 20th-anniversar­y concert in London’s Barbican, the Oxford Philharmon­ic returns home with a rare pianistic prize, as Martha Argerich joins it for Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Either side of that, Annaliisa Bezrodny and Charlotte Scott join forces for JS Bach’s wonderful Double Violin Concerto and, conducted by Marios Papadopoul­os, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony rounds off the celebratio­ns in style.

Alessandro Taverna

Turner Sims, Southampto­n, 19 January

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5151


The Venice-born pianist salutes the transcribe­r’s art with Liszt’s takes on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto and a clutch of Schubert songs. Rachmanino­v applies a little spin to Bach’s E major Violin Partita, and to end there’s Gershwin’s own solo piano version of his classicalm­eets-jazz Rhapsody in Blue.


Britten Sinfonia

Theatre Royal, Norwich, 19 January

Tel: +44 (0)1603 630000

Web: www.brittensin­ With Symphony No. 2, Sir Mark Elder and Britten Sinfonia reach the halfway stage in their four-year Brahms cycle. It’s preceded by Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (sung by mezzo Anna Stéphany), and Britten’s orchestral swansong: the Suite on English Folk Tunes.

Ivana Gavri

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 31 January

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748100

Web: www.kettlesyar­

Cheryl Frances-hoad’s Four Lyric Pieces pays homage to Haydn, Schubert, Janácˇek and Ravel, so pianist Ivana Gavric´, a former BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year, serendipit­ously prefaces them with sonatas by the first three as well as

‘Une barque sur l’océan’ and ‘Alborada del gracioso’ from Ravel’s Miroirs.

 ??  ?? Bach and beyond: Gabriela Montero improvises on Baroque themes (4 January)
Bach and beyond: Gabriela Montero improvises on Baroque themes (4 January)

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