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Performances & Events: Presenting Live Concert and Opera Performances from around the World, and Reviews of Archived Music-Making Available Online to Stream When You Want, Where You Want

Magazine article Gramophone

Performances & Events: Presenting Live Concert and Opera Performances from around the World, and Reviews of Archived Music-Making Available Online to Stream When You Want, Where You Want

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Royal Festival Hall, London & in shops

Carl Davis celebrates his 80th, conducting his score for the 1927 film, Napoleon, November 6

Carl Davis celebrated his 80th birthday on October 28. So, given he has been such a driving force behind the modern reinvention of the silent movie, this particularly celebratory event feels like a big one. It sees him conducting the Philharmonia in the first showing of a fresh, further digitally restored version of the 1927 silent film, Napoleon. Now, at five and a half hours in duration (broken up by three intervals) it's not for the faint hearted, but there's no question that it'll be a major cinematic and musical experience. If you can't quite face that length of time on a concert-hall seat, the event coincides with the first release by the BFI on DVD/BluRay of Napoleon, and also of the first-ever CD release of the entire soundtrack, performed by the Philharmonia, on the Carl Davis Collection label, southbankcentre/whatson/philharmonia

Peel Hall, Salford & BBC Radio 3

Peel Hall, Salford & BBC Radio 3 The Hebrides Ensemble & Psappha collaborate for a joint 25th anniversary tour, November 8-12 (broadcast at a later date)

Contemporary northern classical ensembles, the Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha, celebrate their 25th birthdays this season by collaborating for the first time, bringing a specially devised programme to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Salford, Leeds and Bangor. Entitled Transfigured Night', it celebrates the close relationship both ensembles enjoyed with the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and opens with Maxwell Davies's The Last Island performed to a film of The Holms of Ire islands. The Schoenberg masterpiece after which the programme is named also features, as does a new commission from David Fennessy.

hebridesensemble.com, pssapha.com, bbc.co.uk/radio3

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & UK cinemas

Vittorio Grigdlo, as Offenbach's Hoffmann, returns to Covent Garden, November 15

John Schlesinger's sumptuous production of Offenbach's popular Les contes d'Hoffmann returns again to Covent Garden under the baton of Evelino Pid6, full of names you'll want to see and hear. Vittorio Grigolo takes the title-role, Thomas Hampson sings the four villains, Sonya Yoncheva sings Antonia, Sofia Fomina sings Olympia, and Christine Rice returns as Giulietta, the role she inhabited so deliciously in the 2008 revival.

roh.org.uk/showings

Symphony Hall, Birmingham & BBC Radio 3

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts the CBSO in Mahler, November 16, broadcast November 22

There's a lot of excitement surrounding mention of the CBSO at the moment, thanks to their new Music Director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. This broadcast performance of Mahler's Symphony No 1 at their Symphony Hall home will be well worth catching. The Mahler is paired with Haydn's cheerful salute to the dawn, his Symphony No 6, while the evening opens with the UK premiere of a piece from Grazinyte-Tyla's native Lithuania, the atmospheric Fires by Raminta Serksnyte.

cbso.co.uk, bbc.co.uk/radio3

Barbican, London & Classic FM

Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition Final, November 17, broadcast November 22

Established by Donatella Flick in 1990, this major conducting competition is open to young conductors under the age of 35 from the 28 full EU member states. …

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