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Music From Bach to Birtwistle
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Music From Bach to Birtwistle

Date: 6 Oct
Time: 15:30
Lucienne Renaudin Vary, trumpeter
Leticia Moreno, violinist
Daniel Kharitonov, pianist
Ksenija Sidorova, accordionist
Alban Gerhardt, cellist
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Tamara Stefanovich, pianist
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violinist
Pekka Kuusisto, violinist
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist


A concert featuring everything from a Bach Cello Suite to a world premiere, this programme brings a veritable mélange of music performed by experts of contemporary repertoire.

Barbara Hannigan takes us to the Fin de Siécle by exploring the roots of modern music with composers who went on to lead a musical revolution; Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto bring us a world premiere by Peter Eötvös; Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich deliver an explosive duet in a London premiere.

Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, praised by Concertonet for her 'masterful technique in... smoothly delivered trills and arpeggios', raises the curtain with Duke Ellington's smooth In a Sentimental Mood

Violinist Leticia Moreno introduces a Spanish flavour to the evening with a selection of the Canciones Populaires espagnolas followed by accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, called 'superbly subtle and virtuosic' by The Arts Desk, who takes the stage with cellist Alban Gerhardt for a special arrangement of Piazzolla's Grand Tango.

The starry line-up continues with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan who joins pianist Tamara Stefanovich in songs from her prize-winning album Vienna: Fin de Siécle (Alpha Classics) which features music from Wolf, Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler and members of the Second Viennese School.

The purity of a solo Bach cello suite (Alban Gerhardt) opens the second half and then, changing the mood, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto, ground-breaking star violinists, combine in a wild selection of virtuosic duos. This includes the first performance of a short piece by Peter Eötvös written specially for the HP50 anniversary entitled For Lydia and based on the Lydian mode.

To conclude, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich perform the London premiere of Keyboard Engine, written especially for them by Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

This concert continues the 50 Years in a Day series celebrating music management agency HarrisonParrott's 50th anniversary. The day marks 50 golden years of music making featuring four inspiring generations of artists showcasing their musical tastes and talents across three thrilling concerts.

The evening also marks the launch of the HarrisonParrott Foundation, a charity which aims to support and champion diversity and inclusivity within the arts.

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The Queen Elizabeth Hall is the second largest concert hall on Southbank Centre site, hosting chamber orchestras, quartets, choirs, dance performances and opera. As well as the main concert hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall also contains two smaller venues, the Purcell Room and The Front Room at the QEH. Festival Village is located on the ground level of Queen Elizabeth Hall, underneath the foyer entrance and the Roof Garden on the top of the venue.


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