NEW! The ‘New’ Szymanowski Quartet’s First Appearance at the Wigmore Hall Next Sunday

31/12/2017

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The Polish SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET, a former BBC New Generation ensemble, returns to the Wigmore Hall 7 January on for a coffee concert of Schubert and Mozart. They also appear on In Tune on 4 January. Read more

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28/12/2017

THE BEST OF 2017
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NEW! Violinist Liza Ferschtman Celebrates Bernstein’s Centenary in 2018

22/12/2017

Liza Ferschtman celebrates Bernstein’s centenary with recording and five-country tour

LThe Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman will release her 10th album on Challenge Classics in January 2018, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’Symposium and Korngold’s Violin Concerto. The recording comes at the start of Bernstein’s centenary year. From January to June 2018 Ferschtman will give 10 performances of Bernstein’s five-movement concerto across the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the UK and USA. Read more

NEW! The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series in 2018

13/12/2017

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Chamber music St James’ Piccadilly

The great Christopher Wren-designed Church of St James’ Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018: The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series launches on January 26th 2018 at 7.30pm with a concert given by LSO violinist Rhys Watkins, international cellist Rowena Calvert and concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith. Read more

NEW! Opera and More in Buenos Aires in 2018

12/12/2017

Opera Buenos Aires 2018 – A Mixed Bag 

The Teatro Colón’s 2018 season comes from a new team with Enrique Arturo Diemecke now the artistic and production director-general, and with it some reorganisation and innovation of activities.

Numerically the season is about the same as 2017, taking into account cancellations/postponements and with the change of an oratorio in place of an opera to make seven operas and the oratorio and also three chamber operas. Read more

NEW! Ex Cathedra at St John’s Smith Square’s 2017 Christmas Festival

06/12/2017

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Ex Cathedra Raises a Glass, or Six, for Christmas

Later this month, leading UK choir Ex Cathedra brings the ethereal sound-scape of Ēriks Eŝenvalds’ ‘Stars’ to St John’s Smith Square as part of its ‘Christmas Music by Candlelight’ programme on 14 December. Setting a poem by Sara Teasdale, the Latvian composer’s work is scored for choir, Tibetan singing bowls and wine glasses tuned to six pitches, giving it a magical, otherworldly character. Read more

NEW! Dénes Várjon Talks to Sebastian Smallshaw About Budapest’s Kamara.hu

03/12/2017

Dénes Várjon in conversation with Sebastian Smallshaw

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András Keller and Dénes Várjon playing Busoni’s Second Violin Sonata at kamara.hu 2019
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Dénes Várjon studied music at the Liszt Academy with Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Over the last 25 years, he has established an international career as a concert pianist and chamber musician, and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals in Europe and the United States. Since 2015, he has been artistic co-director of the chamber music festival kamara.hu, which he coordinates together with his wife, the pianist Izabella Simon. I spoke with Dénes Várjon in Budapest, just after he had performed in the second concert of this year’s kamara.hu. Read more

R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM – DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (1962-2017)

29/11/2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017) dies at 55

Seen and Heard-International is saddened to have heard of the death – after a courageous fight against cancer – of the wonderful Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, at much-too-early age of 55.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

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