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bristol
international
classical
season
oct 2015 – jun 2016
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bournemouth symphony orchestra
the orchestra at colston hall
“Coming to Bristol is
always exciting for the
Orchestra; we share a
special experience with
audiences here”
Kirill Karabits,
Principal Conductor
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns
to Colston Hall this season, once again
delivering the backbone of our sensational
series of concerts.
With a history in Bristol stretching back to the 1950s,
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has rightly
become ‘the Orchestra at Colston Hall’ – performing
some of the most compelling and adventurous concerts
in our International Season.
As we head towards our 150th anniversary in 2017, it’s
worth reflecting on a relationship which has lasted more
than 50 years. Indeed, the BSO was one of a number
of orchestras that helped us celebrate our centenary
way back in 1967. It was under the baton of Constantin
Silvestri on Wednesday 20 September that the Orchestra
gave ‘The Hundredth Birthday Concert’ with piano soloist
John Ogdon; broadcast live on the BBC Home Service.
It’s with another 150th anniversary that the BSO will
doubtless shine this season as they celebrate Sibelius’
milestone birthday in December. We are also particularly
excited to see the Bristol premiere of a major new choral
work by James MacMillan, co-commissioned by the
BSO. Bringing together a special choir of young people
from Bristol, Bournemouth and Poole, this is sure to be a
landmark event.
With Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits conducting the
majority of concerts, the BSO will be continuing its long
tradition of stirring and spectacular performances as the
Orchestra at Colston Hall.
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welcome to the bristol international
classical season 2015/16
Louise Mitchell
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust
I am delighted to introduce the Bristol International
Classical Season 2015/16. It is a programme that is
packed with delights, from much-loved mainstays of the
classical repertoire, to brand new music premiered only
in 2015.
Extraordinary music is the beating heart of our season,
but it only comes alive when the outstanding soloists,
conductors and orchestras breathe life into it. These
eminent ensembles will be travelling to Bristol in order to
take us out of the concert hall to all sorts of destinations:
you could find yourself in the midst of Russia’s first
revolution courtesy of Shostakovich and the BSO, or
blasting into outer space with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra. Witness a Scandinavian spring with the Oslo
Philharmonic or glimpse the souls of the great composers.
It’s all possible this classical season.
“Extraordinary music
is the beating heart
of our season”
Louise Mitchell
As well as featuring some debut appearances, we also
welcome back some Bristol favourites. Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra at Colston Hall,
and their Music Director Kirill Karabits continue to prove
that they are a force to be reckoned with. Philharmonia
Orchestra also returns, and this year it brings BBC’s Planet
Earth, complete with stunning visuals projected onto the
big screen.
If you’re finding you’re spoilt for choice, Bristol resident
and editor of BBC Music Magazine Oliver Condy picks
out his highlights on p. 4. Don’t forget that aside from
‘the big 12’, there are talks, chamber and lunchtime
concerts taking place throughout the season. And
why not join the conversation online on Facebook and
Twitter? We’ll post links to additional content before each
concert so you can really get inside the music. See p. 32
for details.
As ever, I hope to welcome you to the Hall soon.
Enjoy this superb season!
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get your
season started
dresden philharmonic
fri 2 oct 2015, 7.30pm (p. 7)
When Sol Gabetta played Elgar’s Cello Concerto at Colston
Hall a few years ago, she gave a wonderfully personal
account of this masterpiece – so it’s great to welcome her
back. Gabetta joins forces with the Dresden Philharmonic and
conductor Michael Sanderling, who take centre stage for
Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 3.
orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique
fri 15 jan 2016, 7.30pm (p. 13)
Oliver Condy’s
picks of the
season
Editor of BBC Music
Magazine, organist and
Bristol resident Oliver
Condy casts his expert
eye across our season
and presents his pick of
what’s not to be missed.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner has a reputation for authentic, thrilling
performances of 17th and 18th century music, so to hear
him conduct his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in
Mozart’s incredible final three symphonies will be a privilege.
This concert will be the start of an artistic partnership between
Colston Hall and Sir John Eliot – an exciting time for Bristol.
oslo philharmonic
fri 11 mar 2016, 7.30pm (p. 19)
Having loved every one of Vasily Petrenko’s recent recordings,
I can’t wait to hear him conduct in person. And in the hands of
the brilliant Henning Kraggerud, Sibelius’ hauntingly atmospheric
Violin Concerto should be something special too.
bournemouth symphony orchestra
thu 5 may 2016, 7.30pm (p. 21)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to Colston Hall
on 5 May joined by the exceptional violinist Vilde Frang.
We described her recent recording of Mozart Concertos as
“compelling listening throughout” in BBC Music Magazine earlier
this year, awarding her superfluous performance top marks all
round. With Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra she’ll be taking
on Brahms’ formidable Violin Concerto.
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enhance your
experience
inside the music
pre-concert talks
the lantern, 6.25pm. free with a concert ticket
Get inside the music with music educator Jonathan James,
who introduces each International Classical Season concert
and interviews members of the orchestra. As a conductor and
trained teacher, Jonathan brings a breadth of expertise and
a deep enthusiasm to exploring the works being performed.
Enhance your experience: We’ll be producing bite-sized
videos going inside the music of our season concerts. Look out
for these on our website and in the Classical EYE e-newsletter,
see p. 32 for more information.
chamber concerts
with Stephen Johnson and English Piano Trio
the lantern, 7.30pm
Look out for the chamber concerts accompanying selected
performances. Highly regarded music lecturer and BBC Radio
3 host Stephen Johnson will give an illuminating talk followed
by a performance by the English Piano Trio of works that
complement and enhance the main concert programme.
Free tickets are available for 8 – 25 year olds with CAVATINA,
see p. 33.
saver seats for just £10
booking
opens
Subscribers:
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General booking:
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See p. 35 for more
information
Experience world class orchestral music for just £10 by booking
a saver seat. You will be allocated the best available remaining
seat in the auditorium on the night of the performance - it’s the
perfect way to try out a live classical concert for the first time
or for a low cost evening out. There is limited availability and
customers can purchase two tickets per transaction. This offer is
not available in conjunction with other offers or subscriptions. For
more information, please contact box office or see our website.
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dresden philharmonic
beethoven and bonaparte
fri 2 oct 2015, 7.30pm
Wagner Die Meistersinger Overture
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica
Conductor Michael Sanderling
Cello Sol Gabetta
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A dazzling young cellist, a symphony that
tramples on tyranny and Wagner aglow
with national pride – passions ride high as
the curtain goes up on our new season
What more invigorating way to open a season than
with the work whose scale and ambition supersized the
symphonic goalposts at its first hearing in 1804? Originally
composed to salute Napoleon, Beethoven furiously
scratched out his dedication for Eroica when the French
General crowned himself Emperor. The piece instead
acerbically enshrines “the memory of a great man”.
Similarly written at a time overshadowed by European
conflict, in the aftermath of World War I, Elgar described
his Cello Concerto as “a man’s attitude to life”, multishaded in character, and prefaced tonight by a burst of
resplendent Wagner.
chamberconcert
Conductor Michael Sanderling has headed Dresden’s
venerable 145 year old Philharmonic since 2011. For
the iconic Elgar they’re joined by multi-award-winning
Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta who played the work at her
Berlin Philharmonic debut with Simon Rattle, and boasts
“intensity and lightness of touch in near-miraculous
balance” according to Glasgow’s Herald.
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
mon 28 sep 2015, 7.30pm
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Stephen Johnson Insight
Elgar Piano Quintet Op.84 with
Zsuzsa Berenyi (violin) and Morgan Goff (viola)
A close contemporary of the Cello Concerto Sol
Gabetta plays at the launch of our season, the
haunting and haunted Piano Quintet reflects Elgar’s
experience of the emotional collateral damage of
World War I. “It’s strange music”, he confided to
the critic Ernest Newman, “and I like it – but it’s
ghostly stuff”.
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bournemouth symphony orchestra
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1905
thu 29 oct 2015, 7.30pm
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.11
The Year 1905
Conductor James Gaffigan
Piano Alexander Gavrylyuk
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From political drama to real-life revolution,
James Gaffigan and the BSO man the
barricades for an evening rich in zeal
and idealism
Defiance stalks the BSO’s first concert of the season as
the young Prokofiev’s compact concerto is flanked by
two powerful examples of musical agitprop. A Goetheinspired complement to the Eroica Symphony heard
earlier in the month, Beethoven’s gritty Overture in praise
of selfless heroism later became associated with the
Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Following on, Shostakovich’s
blockbuster of a symphony commemorates the 1905
Russian Revolution in music despatched with almost
newsreel immediacy; spanning glacial numbness to
searing fervour.
American conductor James Gaffigan is an old friend of
the BSO who “not only shows you how a piece should
sound, but what it means” (Toronto Globe and Mail) and
he’s joined by Horowitz Competition winner Alexander
Gavrylyuk, described by Gramophone as “a pianist to
strike awe and envy into all possible rivals”. Beating off
the LSO and Berlin Philharmonic to be voted the ‘World’s
Favourite Orchestra’ in Bachtrack’s 2014 poll, the BSO
starts the new season with a spring in its step.
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london calling
thu 12 nov 2015, 7.30pm
Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1
Haydn Symphony No.104 London
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Cello Steven Isserlis
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Prokofiev and Shostakovich look on as
Kirill Karabits makes his season debut
alongside an eminent cellist and a
vivacious symphony that took Georgian
London by storm
“This wonderful man never fails” declared The Morning
Chronicle after Haydn’s benefit performance of his
tribute to the city that had taken him to its heart – a
symphony bristling with wit and elegance; it’s one of the
peaks of the classical era. Paving the way is the wry neoclassicism of the student Prokofiev’s delightful Sinfonietta
and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 – a piece with
its composer’s name literally written all over it, his initials
spelled out in the opening notes.
Karabits and the BSO have been attracting 5-star reviews
for their ongoing Prokofiev symphony cycle on the Onyx
label and turn their “persuasive command of the idiom”
(The Telegraph) on the engaging early symphonyin-miniature. There’s nothing miniature though about
Steven Isserlis’ profound rapport with Russian music.
Arguably one of the top five cellists in the world
today, when Isserlis plays “the temperature rises
palpably” observes Sinfini Music.
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stormy sibelius
thu 10 dec 2015, 7.30pm
Sibelius Suite from The Tempest
Grieg Piano Concerto
Sibelius Tapiola
Sibelius Symphony No.7
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Piano Juho Pohjonen
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Kirill Karabits rounds off 2015 with
promises of magic and mythology in this
Scandinavian musical smorgasbord
Fresh from last month’s Anglo-Russian entente
cordiale, Kirill Karabits and the BSO turn their attention
to Scandinavia. Ahead of the 400th anniversary of
Shakespeare’s death next April, they open with a
suite from Sibelius’ compelling incidental music to The
Tempest. It leads to a near contemporary, the brooding
tone poem Tapiola, suffused with the spirit of Finland’s
pine forests, and completing the late Sibelian triptych
is the magnificent 7th Symphony. In between, Grieg’s
evergreen concerto lends Norwegian nuance.
Pianist Juho Pohjonen is a young Finn fast blazing an
impressive trail – equally at home in Beethoven with EsaPekka Salonen’s Philharmonia or performing Messiaen’s
glittering Des Canyons aux Etoiles at New York’s
Carnegie Hall. Andras Schiff was so impressed with his
playing he awarded him the prestigious Klavier Festival
Ruhr Scholarship. As a performer “of keen intellect and
passionate reserve” (San Jose Mercury News), he brings
a little Nordic know-how to Grieg’s timeless favourite.
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orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique
the majesty of mozart conducted by
sir john eliot gardiner
fri 15 jan 2016, 7.30pm
Mozart Symphony No.39
Mozart Symphony No.40
Mozart Symphony No.41 Jupiter
Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner
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Three masterworks conducted by a maestro
magician who never fails to cast a spell.
Concluding with the Jupiter Symphony, this
Mozart trilogy is out of this world
“Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined” said
American dramatist Arthur Miller. And while the jovial
Symphony No. 39 might tend to agree, the two that
quickly followed over the summer of 1788 would tell a
different story. From the anguished turmoil and protean
energy of the G minor No. 40 to the Olympian grandeur
and concluding contrapuntal fireworks of the Jupiter,
Mozart’s symphonic trilogy distils the essence of what it is
to be human.
To perform them is a period instrument orchestra whose
playing is every bit as sophisticated and formidable
as its name. For a quarter of a century the Orchestre
Révolutionnaire et Romantique has been turning heads
under its inspirational founder Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
There’s a visceral immediacy to everything they do,
encapsulated by “exuberant physicality… relentless
intelligence and audacity” (The Guardian). Hold on tight.
Nothing is ever routine with Eliot Gardiner at the helm.
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
wed 13 jan 2016, 7.30pm
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Stephen Johnson Insight
Mozart Piano Trio in G K.564
Mozart Piano Trio in E K.542
With Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s voyage through the
last three symphonies in mind, the English Piano
Trio resumes last year’s survey of Mozart’s always
engaging piano trios. Like the symphonies themselves,
the scintillating G major K.564 and K.542 in E (one
of Mozart’s favourites) were composed over that
productive summer of 1788.
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philharmonia orchestra
planet earth in concert
fri 29 jan 2016, 7.30pm
Conductor/Composer
George Fenton
Soprano Haley Glennie-Smith
A cosmic collision of spectacular visuals
and live orchestral music paint an aweinspiring portrait of our Planet Earth
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From the towering peaks of Nepal to the lush green of
the Amazon, from the dry-sculpted crescents of the
Sahara to the glistening polar ice caps, our planet is truly
spectacular.
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Captured like never before in the world’s most successful
natural history television series, the BBC’s landmark
documentary Planet Earth tells an astonishing story;
following the journey of the sun across continents to visit
different habitats and oceans and delve into the private
lives of animals.
Emmy award-winning British composer George Fenton
scored the series and tonight conducts the Philharmonia
Orchestra and special guest soloist Haley Glennie-Smith
in a stunning performance that combines emotional
and evocative live orchestral music with awe-inspiring
reworked HD footage from the BBC series.
The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting
Corporation and are used under licence. BBC logo © BBC 1996.
Photo © Robert Caputo, Aurora Photos
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bournemouth symphony orchestra
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great britons
thu 11 feb 2016, 7.30pm
James MacMillan Little Mass
Mendelssohn Calm Sea and
Prosperous Voyage
Elgar Enigma Variations
Elgar’s perennial puzzler and the Overture
it momentarily plunders are entwined in
an evening given ‘Mass’ appeal by James
MacMillan’s new choral work
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Premiered on the cusp of the 20th century and
dedicated “to my friends pictured within”, Elgar’s Enigma
Variations was the making of him. And not just in Europe.
Gustav Mahler introduced New Yorkers to its thumbnail
sketches writ large and the riddle of its theme remains
unsolved to this day. Kirill Karabits cunningly prefaces it
with Mendelssohn’s seascape, which is subtly alluded
to in Variation XIII’s tender yet troubled Romanza. And
first up is something hot off the press: James MacMillan’s
abridged Mass for children’s voices and orchestra,
co-commissioned by the BSO and premiered in Liverpool
in 2015.
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For tonight’s performance of the Little Mass, the BSO
assembles The MacMillan Choir – a specially formed
choir of young people from Bristol, Bournemouth and
Poole developed in partnership with Bournemouth
Symphony Youth Chorus, Bristol Plays Music and
Soundstorm Music Education Hubs. After conducting
2013’s uplifting Friday Afternoons Project for the
Britten centenary, which featured nearly 2,000 Bristol
schoolchildren, Kirill is a dab hand!
James MacMillan’s Little Mass: commissioned by Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society for their 175th Anniversary
and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Image courtesy of The Elgar Birthplace Museum
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oslo philharmonic
a scandinavian spring
fri 11 mar 2016, 7.30pm
Grieg Excerpts from Lyric Suite:
Gangar, Notturno, Trolltog
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Mahler Symphony No.5
Conductor Vasily Petrenko
Violin Henning Kraggerud
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The Oslo Philharmonic goes back to its
roots for its Hall debut with lyrical Grieg,
virtuosic Sibelius and amorous Mahler,
under dynamic Music Director Vasily
Petrenko
Jean Sibelius only composed one concerto, but it’s
a corker! A great smouldering Leviathan of a piece
crowned by a finale musicologist Donald Tovey famously
likened to a ‘polonaise for polar bears’. Norway’s
pre-eminent orchestra brings a gift from home in the
shape of Grieg’s charming Lyric Suite, and Mahler makes
a declaration of love in his emotional 5th Symphony,
through the exquisite and enduringly popular Adagietto.
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With links back to Grieg, and a golden era ushered in by
Mariss Jansons, André Previn and Jukka-Pekka Saraste,
the Oslo Philharmonic maintains its enviable pedigree
under Vasily Petrenko. To keep Sibelius’ Polar bears on
their toes, Oslo native and Sibelius Prize winner Henning
Kraggerud revisits a concerto his recording of which
Gramophone hails as “Masterly…warm and powerful”.
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
tue 8 mar 2016, 7.30pm
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Stephen Johnson Insight
Grieg Andante con moto in C minor for piano trio
Grieg Cello Sonata in A minor Op.36
Mahler Piano Quartet Movement in A minor with
Zsuzsa Berenyi (viola)
Pressed to come up with a sequel to his Piano
Concerto, Grieg protested that “Pegasus wouldn’t
budge”. When Pegasus finally obliged, the result
was a cello sonata, like the concerto, laced with
enlivening folk idioms. Also in A minor, the key of his
fate-obsessed 6th Symphony, adolescent angst fuels
the student Mahler’s soulful piano quartet movement.
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titans
thu 5 may 2016, 7.30pm
Brahms Violin Concerto
Mahler Symphony No.1 Titan
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Violin Vilde Frang
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A symphony issuing a thrilling wake up
call to modernism meets a violinist oozing
“musical maturity coupled with youthful
effortlessness”: the BSO takes its season’s
leave with panache to spare
Buffeted by distant fanfares; eerily lit by string
harmonics, an elemental unison ‘A’ sounds across the
orchestra. Nature stirs. More than a century after its first
performance, Mahler’s symphonic debut still packs a
startlingly contemporary punch, charting a bold journey
whose endgame is the Paradise attained by the Titan of
the work’s subtitle. For his last programme of the season
Kirill Karabits pairs it with a Titan of very different stamp:
Brahms’ colossus of a concerto composed just six years
before Mahler started work on his symphony.
The rise and rise of Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang has
been something to behold. She’s that rare thing, a
star without the affectations of stardom – or as one
newspaper put it: “she’s not trying to be a snake
charmer, nor is she going for gold – Vilde Frang is only
herself – unique, effortless and natural” (Neue Zurcher
Zeitung). With Kirill Karabits’ trademark “freshness and
buoyancy” (The Guardian), Brahms’ hot-blooded
concerto is in persuasive hands.
Quote at the top of the page from Kronen Zeitung
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moscow state symphony orchestra
russian rhapsody
wed 11 may 2016, 7.30pm
Prokofiev Russian Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a
Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Conductor Pavel Kogan
Piano John Lill
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Rachmaninov and Prokofiev beam in the
hands of their compatriots; Pavel Kogan’s
magnificent Muscovites are in their element
A distinguished Russian orchestra. A virile Russian
programme. The combination is irresistible as the
Moscow State Symphony returns with a delectable
double helping of Rachmaninov. Exiled from his
homeland, and prey to the changing tastes in musical
fashion, he remarked “I feel like a ghost wandering in
a world grown alien”. There’s nothing remotely alien
however about the impish humour and inventiveness
of the Paganini Variations, and saturated with supple
lyricism, the expansive 2nd Symphony was a triumph from
the start. Perky Prokofiev – the music of an exile returned
– sets the scene.
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“Vibrant, soulful and involving” was Gramophone’s
verdict on the Moscow State Symphony’s Rachmaninov
cycle under Music Director Pavel Kogan, and having
premiered works by Prokofiev, the Russian Overture is
wired into its DNA. John Lill’s affinity with the Russian
repertoire remains undimmed: a pianist “driven by
trenchant intellect and unflinching authority” proclaims
The Herald.
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
tue 3 may 2016, 7.30pm
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Stephen Johnson Insight
Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque in D minor Op.9
Rachmaninov composed a single movement Trio
élégiaque in 1892 with more than a passing glance
to Tchaikovsky’s great A minor Trio mourning Nikolai
Rubinstein. The following year he wrote tonight’s
élégiaque in D minor, this time to honour the memory
of Tchaikovsky in an impassioned work shot through
with tenderness, regret, and a king-sized piano part
for Rachmaninov himself.
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bbc national orchestra of wales
romantic reveries
wed 1 jun 2016, 7.30pm
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A £36 B £30 C £24 D £18
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Saver seats £10 incl. bf (see p. 5)
A repertoire of romantic music, charmed
to life by the supple playing of BBC
NOW makes for a stirring concert whose
atmosphere will be bottled and broadcast
by BBC Radio 3
There’ll be a hearty welcome in BS1 as the BBC National
Orchestra of Wales returns to the Hall after last season’s
exhilarating contribution to the BBC’s weeklong Brahms
Experience in Bristol.
Whether coupling Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with
an exuberant orchestral celebration by Composerin-Residence B Tommy Andersson, or supplying the
soundtrack to Doctor Who, BBC NOW is nothing if not
versatile. Proms regulars, and BBC Cardiff Singer of the
World mainstays, Wales’ flagship orchestra performs a
programme of 19th century romantic music which will
be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
A full programme and details of the broadcast will be
announced prior to the concert, which is certainly in
capable hands – as Bachtrack said of the orchestra last
year: “the BBC NOW could bend to whatever the music
demanded of them, whether that was jollity, tragedy or
tranquillity.”
Promoted by St George’s Bristol in conjunction with
Bristol Music Trust.
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royal philharmonic orchestra
the planets – an HD odyssey
sat 11 jun 2016, 7.30pm
R. Strauss Sunrise from Also
Sprach Zarathustra
J. Strauss On the Beautiful Blue
Danube Waltz
Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor,
orch. Stokowski
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Allegretto
John Williams Star Wars Main Title
Holst The Planets
Conductor Robert Ziegler
Tickets: Book for 3 or more concerts
and save up to 30% (see p. 35)
A £42 B £36 C £30 D £24
students £8.50, under 18s £1 incl. bf
Saver seats: £10 incl. bf (see p.5)
It’s a case of ‘Holst’s heavenly bodies but
not as we know them Jim’ when Robert
Ziegler, the RPO, and NASA’s breathtaking
film converge on a landmark centenary
Bar a little orchestration it’s exactly 100 years since
Holst completed The Planets, and we have lift-off for
a celebration like no other. From menacing Mars to
ethereal Neptune, Holst’s extra-terrestrial score is docked
with Duncan Copp’s stunning HD film, which will be
shown on the big screen as the orchestra perform the
milestone suite. And by way of introduction there are
interviews with NASA scientists who set the stage for
what the audience are about to witness. Beforehand,
conductor Robert Ziegler starts the countdown with a
whistle-stop intergalactic tour of Sci-Fi musical classics.
Moreover, film and Robert Ziegler go hand in hand. He’s
conducted the soundtracks to The Hobbit and Sense
and Sensibility among others, regularly directs concerts
of film music, and is a serial accompanist of silent movies.
Who better then to pilot the RPO in its 70th birthday year
as Holst and Houston shake hands?
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more great concerts
bristol choral
society with
british sinfonietta
verdi – requiem
john wilson and
the john wilson
orchestra
gershwin in hollywood
uwe orchestra
with uwe singers
+ guest ensembles
teatime feast of music
sat 17 oct 2015, 7.30pm
sun 15 nov 2015, 7pm
sun 6 dec 2015, 4.30pm
Conductor Adrian Partington
Soprano Clare Rutter
Mezzo-soprano Maria Jagusz
Tenor Gerard Schneider
Bass Baritone TBC
Join John Wilson and The
John Wilson Orchestra
plus special guests in this
sensational new live show
celebrating the genius of
George Gershwin. Featuring
some of his greatest hits
such as I Got Rhythm, The
Man I Love, Somebody Loves
Me, Fascinatin’ Rhythm and
Strike Up The Band – all in
their sumptuous original film
orchestrations. “There are
few conductors who receive
rapturous applause before
they have even lifted their
baton for the first beat …
John Wilson is one of them,”
says the New Statesman.
The University of the West
of England presents the
UWE Orchestra, UWE Singers
and a myriad of smaller
ensembles in an afternoon of
music celebrating Bristol as
European Green Capital 2015;
showcasing the wonderful
musical talents of its students,
staff and friends.
Like Berlioz’s Grande Messe
des Morts or the Britten War
Requiem, Verdi’s tribute
to Alessandro Manzoni is
a Requiem writ large and
from the heart. Headed by a
distinguished line-up of soloists
Bristol Choral Society usher
in a new season with a work
whose graphic depiction
of the Day of Wrath will set
Colston Hall trembling.
Viva Verdi!
Tickets £26.88, £21.50, £16.13,
£10.75, under 25s £5.38 incl. bf,
OAPs 10% discount
Tickets £48.38, £43, £37.63,
£28.49 incl. bf
The main orchestral and
choral concert at 4.30pm will
feature a number of largescale works themed around
issues arising from Bristol’s
European Green Capital
status, including the world
premiere of several newlycommissioned works by
composers that reflect upon
Green issues.
Free performances of jazz
and classical music as well as
a pre-concert talk take place
before the main concert.
Tickets £16.13, £10.75,
£13.98 conc., £8.60 conc.,
accompanied school-age
children £1.08 incl. bf
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bristol choral
society with
bristol ensemble
mini-messiah
family concert
sat 19 dec 2015, 4.30pm
Conductor Adrian Partington
Weighing in at under an
hour, Bristol Choral Society’s
family-friendly selection box
of highlights ensures that the
Handel habit starts young!
Tickets £7.53 incl bf,
accompanied under 18s free
handel’s messiah
sat 19 dec 2015, 7.30pm
Conductor Adrian Partington
Christmas is coming and it’s
time to jettison the scores as
Bristol Choral Society once
more performs Handel’s
most cherished oratorio from
memory. Heading up the
festive foursome of soloists is
Mark Padmore, a peerless
Handelian, and Society
President.
bournemouth
symphony orchestra
new year
viennese gala
wed 30 dec 2015, 7.30pm
Conductor Aleksandar
Markovic
See in the New Year in style
with the BSO’s traditional
celebration of Johann Strauss,
the King of Waltz. Don’t miss
your chance to hear his
waltzes, marches and polkas
as they should be heard,
played by a full symphony
orchestra.
Following on from his hugely
successful debut at the
BSO with the New Year
Gala in 2013, the Orchestra
is delighted to welcome
back charming Viennese
conductor Aleksandar
Markovic for what is sure to
be a festive evening looking
towards the excitement of the
New Year.
Tickets A £30, B £25, C £20,
D £15, students £8.50,
under 18s £1 incl. bf
the orchestra pitts
scratch orchestra
and chorus
sun 31 jan 2016, 4pm
This massive event is now in its
seventh year, as an orchestra
of nearly 300 amateur players
join with a chorus of a similar
number for one day only.
They rehearse during the day
from 9.30am and then put
on a free concert at 4pm.
Donations are encouraged
for Cancer Research UK, and
the last concert raised over
£10,000. The sound simply
has to be heard: 60 violins, 26
cellos, 52 flutes, 46 clarinets,
16 trumpets, 20 saxophones, 8
percussionists and a chorus of
300. A magical experience.
For more information on
how to participate please
visit www.theorchestrapitts.
wix.com/theorchestrapitts
or email [email protected]
hotmail.co.uk
Tickets Free for audience. To
participate, please visit the
Orchestra Pitts website
Tickets £26.88, £21.50, £16.13,
£10.75, under 25s £5.38 incl. bf,
OAPs 10% discount
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more great concerts
bristol choral
society with
music for awhile
bach – st matthew
passion
bournemouth
symphony orchestra
heroes & aliens: epic
galactic soundtracks
thu 17 mar 2016, 7.30pm
sat 12 mar 2016, 6pm
Conductor Adrian Partington
Evangelist Rufus Muller
Jesus Adrian Powter
Soprano Nicola Wydenbach
Alto James Neville
Tenor Robin Bailey
Bass Baritone Dominic
Sedgwick
The pre-eminent Bach
Evangelist Rufus Muller
(“superb in his animated
lyricism” - the Independent
on Sunday), and the period
instruments of Music for Awhile
lend added authority as
Bristol Choral Society scale
the Everest of Bach’s Great
Passion; a work fusing ‘then’
and ‘now’ with searing
immediacy.
Conductor Pete Harrison
Join the BSO and boldly go
where no orchestra has gone
before in another blockbuster
concert featuring music from
some of the most iconic and
successful space movies
of all time, including Apollo
13, Star Wars, Star Trek, ET,
Close Encounters of the Third
Kind, Avatar and War of the
Worlds... plus many more.
Tickets A £30, B £25, C £20,
D £15, students £8.50,
under 18s £1 incl. bf
Tickets £26.88, £21.50, £16.13,
£10.75, under 25s £5.38 incl. bf,
OAPs 10% discount
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national children’s
orchestras of
great britain
sat 9 apr 2016, 7pm
Join NCO’s Main Orchestra
as they present a stunning
programme of classical
favourites at an exceptional
standard. Experience the
excitement and hear the
nation’s most talented young
musicians perform their first
concert of 2016. You are
guaranteed to be captivated
by the passion, precision and
professionalism of these young
musicians, and kept on the
edge of your seat with an
equally thrilling programme.
“A magnificent concert”
Classic FM
Tickets £23.65, £19.35, £15.05,
£10.75, children £5.38 incl. bf.
Concessions and family tickets
available. Tickets go on sale in
January 2016
bristol ensemble
a night at
the musicals
bristol ensemble
mozart 260
celebration
sun 24 apr 2016, 4pm
thu 19 may 2016, 7.30pm
Join the Bristol Ensemble
and the Westenders, top
performers from London’s
West End, for a show of the
best of the musicals.
Conductor David Ogden
Violin/Director Gilles Apap
bristol ensemble
the virtuoso piano
thu 23 jun 2016, 7.30pm
The Westenders features
six exceptional performers
who between them have
appeared in over twenty
of the most popular and
prestigious West End shows of
the last decade - including
Beauty & the Beast, Les
Miserables, Miss Saigon,
Aspects Of Love, Jesus Christ
Superstar, Oliver!, Crazy For
You and many more.
Under the musical direction
of Jae Alexander, the
Westenders give a semistaged concert performance,
featuring favourite songs from
the magical shows of the
West End.
Tickets £29.56, £23.11, £17.74,
under 18s £2.15 incl. bf
Mozart Overture to
The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Violin Concerto
No.3 in G
Mozart Requiem
Bristol Ensemble is joined by
the extraordinarily talented
violinist Gilles Apap and two
of Bristol’s leading choirs for
this celebration of the music
of Mozart.
In his first performance in the
UK with an orchestra, Gilles
Apap performs Mozart’s Violin
Concerto No.3. Hailed as a
true violinist of the 21st century
by Yehudi Menuhin,
Gilles Apap has become
widely known for his
remarkable ability.
Also joining the Ensemble are
singers from the City of Bristol
Choir, Exultate Singers and
Bristol Youth Choir under the
baton of conductor David
Ogden.
Piano/Director
Andrei Gavrilov
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No.1
Ravel Concerto for Left Hand
Andrei Gavrilov’s unique and
unforgettable performance
with the Bristol Ensemble in
2014 brought Colston Hall to
its feet in what one audience
member described as ‘an
explosion of delight’. Expect
a similarly gripping, intense,
energetic, passionate
rollercoaster ride from this
virtuosic Russian soloist when
he returns to perform three
demanding concertos in one
evening – Rachmaninov’s
Second, Prokofiev’s First and
Ravel’s Concerto for Left
Hand. Fireworks, exhilaration
and passion guaranteed.
Tickets £26.88, £21.50, £16.13,
£10.75, under 26s £8.60, under
18s £1.08 incl. bf
Tickets: £26.88, £21.50, £16.13,
£10.75, under 26s £8.60, under
18s £1.08 incl. bf
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All concerts take place in The Lantern at 1.05pm. Tickets: £5.50 incl. bf
YCAT lunchtime sessions
RAM lunchtime sessions
We welcome back the Young Classical
Artists Trust and some of the country’s most
exceptional young musicians for another
stimulating series of lunchtime concerts. Be
among the first to see these maestros in the
making.
The Royal Academy of Music presents a
series of concerts given by top students of the
prestigious London School. Enjoy a bite-sized
concert by the rising stars of the classical
world.
thu 1 oct 2015*
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tue 6, tue 13, wed 21, tue 27
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Piano: Jonathan Ware
mon 30 nov 2015*
Violin: Benjamin Baker
Piano: TBC
thu 28 jan 2016
Piano: Ji Liu
thu 25 feb 2016*
Bassoon: Amy Harman
Piano: Jonathan Ware
fri 8 apr 2016
Piano: Alexander Ullman
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feb 2016
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use the lay-by next to the Hall in Pipe Lane.
by train
Bristol Temple Meads, the nearest station, is about
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If you are travelling by car, we recommend parking
in Trenchard Street Car Park, which is behind
Colston Hall. For more information on getting to
Colston Hall please visit www.colstonhall.org/visit-us
Via M5: Exit junction 18, follow A4 (Portway) to the
centre. At the promenade (St Augustine’s Parade)
turn left into Colston Street.
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Most city centre buses stop at the central
promenade where you should alight for Colston Hall.
For bus information, call Traveline on 0871200 2233.
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box office hours
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This programme is correct at time of going to press.
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Conductor
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mon 28
feb 2016
Stephen Johnson Insight
p. 7
Dresden Philharmonic:
Beethoven and Bonaparte
p. 6
oct 2015
fri 2
thu 11
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: Great Britons
p. 16
mar 2016
tue 8
Stephen Johnson Insight
p. 19
p. 18
sat 17
BCS with British Sinfonietta:
Verdi - Requiem
p. 28
fri 11
Oslo Philharmonic:
A Scandinavian Spring
thu 29
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: 1905
p. 8
sat 12
BCS with Music for Awhile:
Bach - St Matthew Passion
p. 30
thu 17
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: Heroes and Aliens
p. 30
nov 2015
thu 12
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: London Calling
p. 9
sun 15
John Wilson & The John
Wilson Orchestra: Gershwin in
Hollywood
p. 28
dec 2015
sun 6
UWE Orchestra with UWE Singers:
Teatime Feast of Music
p. 28
thu 10
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: Stormy Sibelius
p. 10
sat 19
BCS with Bristol Ensemble:
Messiah & Mini-Messiah
p. 29
wed 30
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra:
New Year Viennese Gala
p. 29
apr 2016
sat 9
National Children's Orchestras
of Great Britain
p. 30
sun 24
Bristol Ensemble: A Night at the
Musicals
p. 31
may 2016
tue 3
Stephen Johnson Insight
p. 23
thu 5
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra: Titans
p. 20
wed 11
Moscow State Symphony:
Russian Rhapsody
p. 22
thu 19
Bristol Ensemble: Mozart 260
Celebration
p. 31
jun 2016
jan 2016
wed 13
Stephen Johnson Insight
p. 13
wed 1
BBC National Orchestra of
Wales: Romantic Reveries
p. 24
fri 15
Orchestre Révolutionnaire
et Romantique:
The Majesty of Mozart
p. 12
sat 11
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:
The Planets - an HD Odyssey
p. 26
fri 29
Philharmonia Orchestra:
Planet Earth in Concert
p. 14
thu 23
Bristol Ensemble:
The Virtuoso Piano
p. 31
sun 31
The Orchestra Pitts
p. 29
For a full list of lunchtime concerts see p. 33.
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