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Performances & Events: Live Music-Making and Reviews of Online Concerts, Including Salonen's Stravinsky Tribute, and Three Symphonies from Major Maestros at the Helms of a Trio of Scandinavian Orchestras

Magazine article Gramophone

Performances & Events: Live Music-Making and Reviews of Online Concerts, Including Salonen's Stravinsky Tribute, and Three Symphonies from Major Maestros at the Helms of a Trio of Scandinavian Orchestras

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Cinemas nationwide

Teatro alia Scala: The Temple of Wonders, May 26

This beautifully shot docu-film tells the story of Milan's La Scala, leading the viewer through the main historical, musical, social and political events in the opera house's 238-year history by way of centuries of archive material. This material ranges from the words of musicians, experts and aficionados through to photographs, musical scores, paintings and film. It's on for one night only, so catch it while you can. For a sneak peak first, check out the trailer on Gramophone's website--part of a feature on the film published back in February. discoverarts.co.uk; gramophone.co.uk/features

Wigmore Hall & online

115th anniversary celebratory concerts, May 31 and June 1

Wigmore Flail is celebrating its 115th birthday across a number of special concerts, and we've picked these two for mention because you can watch them live, remotely, on the Wigmore's recently launched live-stream facility. May 31 is a gala concert of Schubert repertoire featuring pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and James Baillieu, Cuarteto Casals, soprano Sophie Bevan, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, tenor Allan Clayton and baritone Flenk Neven. The following night offers a programme of two Bachs, JS and JC, from period group Arcangelo under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, with soloists violinist Isabelle Faust, flautist Rachel Brown, and soprano Anna Lucia Richter. wigmore-hall.org.uk

Southbank Centre at St John's, Smith Square & BBC Radio 3

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Stravinsky, June 2

Part of the Philharmonia's 'Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals' series, this concert away from the orchestra's Southbank Centre base features a programme of Stravinsky's late ecclesiastical works alongside his musical tributes to personal friends. On the programme are the Requiem Canticles, Introitus (TS Eliot in Memorium), In Memorium Dylan Thomas, Mass, Elegy for JFK, and Cantata. Salonen conducts, David Edwards directs, and the soloists are mezzo-soprano Helene Hebrard, tenor Allan Clayton and bass David Soar. The concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. philharmonia.co.uk/stravinsky; southbankcentre.co.uk; sjss.org.uk; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Philharmonic Studio, Salford MediaCityUK & BBC Radio 3

Colin Matthews's 70th birthday concert broadcast, June 15

The Royal Northern College of Music is celebrating composer Colin Matthews's 70th birthday year with a two-day In Focus' festival celebrating his work, under the artistic direction of Clark Rundell. Running from June 15-16, it features music by Matthews (who is also a Fellow of the RNCM) performed alongside new works by RNCM students. This particular June 15 concert sees the BBC Philharmonic under Clark Rundell perform Matthews's Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Daniel Pioro, and Broken Symmetry. It will be broadcast at a later date on BBC Radio 3. mcm.ac.uk/festivals/in-focus-colin-matthews/

Aldeburgh Festival & BBC Radio 3

Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux, June 19

The centrepiece of this year's Aldeburgh Festival is a complete performance of Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux, which consists of 150 minutes of solo piano music depicting 77 different bird species. With the teeming birdlife of The Makings, Snape, and RSPB Minsmere as the backdrop, the festival's outgoing Artistic Director. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is performing the work live on BBC Radio 3, spaced across four concerts taking place between 3.30am and midnight to correspond to the times of day the composer envisaged when he first composed the work. aldeburgh.co.uk; bbc.co.uk/radio3

Wigmore Hall & BBC Radio 3

Les Ambassadeurs, June 20

We've been enjoying the music-making of French period ensemble Les Ambassadeurs in Gramophone's reviews pages for a number of years, and now the group is making its Wigmore Hall debut as part of the regular lunchtime series broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. …

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