Composed by Henning Kraggerud in 2014, Equinox is a kaleidoscopic tour across the world and time. Comprising 24 short Postludes, it is the musical counterpart to a 24-part story by world-famous Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. In the story, a man travels through each of the 24 time zones, starting in Greenwich in C major. The work, which is a full concert length, can be performed with or without narrator.
John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical…
“…The musical japes and textural sophistication of the Third [Zemlinsky quartet] bring out the best in the Brodsky’s playing – wry, playful, and rhythmically taut. And there’s plenty of suavity and emotional depth in its account of the more lyrical Fourth…”
Matthew Rye, The Strad, June 2015
The Brodsky Quartet are known for their profound accounts of complete cycles. Their latest Chandos release is the complete quartets of Zemlinsky, which has met great critical acclaim worldwide. It is, however, the Shostakovich cycle which is perhaps most widely associated with the Brodsky name, the quartet having performed the project across the globe throughout their 40 year existence. 2016 will mark the release of the Brodsky Quartet’s second recording of this seminal cycle, recorded live at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.
In the lead up to Easter Stephen Layton took his wonderful choir Polyphony to Frankfurt and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. On their return to the UK the choir performed their annual Easter concert on Good Friday at St John’s Smith Square – this has become something of a British institution.
Soprano Lucy Hall is currently singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni on an extended tour of the UK with English Touring Opera. This summer she appears as Morgana in Alcina, and, for one performance, as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera.
Madeleine returns to Wagner this summer and appears in three parts of Opera North’s complete Ring cycle. Madeleine can be heard as Wellgunde in DAS RHEINGOLD and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG and returns as Rossweisse in DIE WALKÜRE. Madeleine can also be heard in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) in the Leeds International Concert Season.
Trio Apaches has recently returned from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where they gave a performance of the beautifully oppressive Piano Trio No.2 by Shostakovich, and the dramatic Trio in F sharp by Babajanian. The concert was recorded, live, by BBC Radio 3, and you can listen to the full broadcast here.
This is the second broadcast for Trio Apaches in as many months. In February, they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor, Alexandre Bloch. This has led to a very exciting development for the Trio – watch this space!
The Tallis Scholars once again find themselves across the Atlantic singing a wonderful English Renaissance programme of Byrd, Tallis, Taverner and Davy to enlightened audiences in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Texas and Minnesota.