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The Barenboim Project 2015
Daniel Barenboim is in town, conducting his Staatskapelle Berlin in concertos with soloists pianist Martha Argerich and violinist Lisa Batiashvilli for two nights in late April. Later, for a week-long series in May and June, Barenboim the pianist gives four recitals of Schubert piano sonatas.
Ensemble Intercontemporain: Boulez at 90
The contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976 is conducted by Matthias Pintscher in Boulez’s ‘Mémoriale’ and ‘Sur Incises’, alongside Pintscher’s ‘Choc (Monumento IV)’ and Yann Robin’s ‘Asymétriades’. Followed by Michael Barenboim playing Boulez’s ‘Anthèmes 2’ for violin and electronics.
City of London Sinfonia’s laid-back ‘CLoSer’ series continues with violinist/violist Ljova playing his blend of classical, Russian folk, jazz, Balkan, gypsy and klezmer music. It’s part of the ensemble’s ‘Emigré’ series (the soloist’s parents left Moscow for New York in 1990).
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Rachmaninoff
London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski continues its survey of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s orchestral music with Piano Suites (four movements, arranged by Yuri Butsko) and Symphony No 3. Plus, tenor Vsevolod Grivnov is the soloist in ‘Ten Songs’ (arranged by Jurowski’s grandfather, with whom he shares his name).
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