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Sun 27 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Jesu, nun sei gepreiset – ‘Jesus, now be praised’ BWV41

Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Professor Alan Fitzsimmons

The Mystery of ‘Oumuamua

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

 

The music

To celebrate the start of 2019, we perform the cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, 1725. It opens the year in triumphant fashion, with brilliant trumpets and a powerful message of hope conquering evil.

The science

In 2017, scientists discovered ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system. What is it? Where did it come from? Professor Alan Fitzsimmons of the Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, the led the first team to try and find the answers.

 

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck Arias from Il Parnaso Confuso, Antigono and La Clemenza di Tito
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orfeo
Mozart Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito

Giovanni Antonini Conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Wed 13 Feb 2019

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Love and Duty

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Giovanni Antonini conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Fri 15 Feb 2019

Grand Theater of Provence

Love and Duty

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck Arias from Il Parnaso Confuso, Antigono and La Clemenza di Tito
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orfeo
Mozart Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito

Giovanni Antonini Conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

The music

Bach wrote this cantata when he was very busy – he produced six in one month while he was writing St John Passion. This one is more flamboyant than many, with the violins getting the chance to shine.

The science

How did the universe emerge from its dark ages after the Big Bang? Dr Emma Chapman tells us about her work researching early stars.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Sat 16 Mar 2019

Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

Brahms Piano Concerto
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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/ piano

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Sun 17 Mar 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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Bach Cantata: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende ‘A Terrible End Shall Sweep You Away‘. BWV90

Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
Jonathan Brown bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Lewis Dartnell speaker

Hunting for Aliens

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

The music

With its uncompromising title, this theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection.

The science

Is there life on other worlds? Science is getting closer to finding an answer. Lewis Dartnell closes our season with a look at the latest research in astrobiolology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 19 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.2

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Schumann Symphony No. 3
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Sir András Schiff piano/ conductor

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahams’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Wed 20 Mar 2019

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/ piano

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

Read More

Sat 23 Mar 2019

The National Concert Hall, Dublin

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/ piano

One of the world’s best pianists plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

Read More

Tue 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A thrilling staging of the Easter story.

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Sat 6 Apr 2019

Elbphilharmonie

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach  St John Passion 

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Sun 7 Apr 2019

Elbphilharmonie

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach  St John Passion 

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Tue 9 Apr 2019

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Thu 18 Apr 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Trial by Jury

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Gilbert and Sullivan Overture from The Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan Selection of songs from The Yeoman of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Ruddigore
Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury

John Wilson Conductor
Simon Butteriss The Learned Judge
Louise Alder Angelina
Michael Porter Edwin
Counsel for the Plaintiff Simon Bailey

The feel good hit of the 1870s.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury was the Mamma Mia! of the 1870s, running for hundreds of performances and touring as far as the USA and Australia.

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Fri 10 May 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Thu 16 May 2019

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Fri 31 May 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

States of Independence

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Elgar Serenade for Strings
Strauss Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Alina Ibragimova Violin

The definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

We round off our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

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