Music box: Young stars perform big works at City Hall

Young stars perform big works at City Hall

TWO big works from two highly-acclaimed young musicians and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra get the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall restarted this Friday.

Russian virtuoso Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in the pianistic fireworks that are Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto before the CBSO’s much-sought-after Latvian music director Andris Nelsons steers them through Richard Strauss’s tone poem En Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life).

The concert and performers were covered in last week’s Telegraph if you want to read more.

Another fast-rising young conductor Robin Ticciati – London-born of Italian descent – is on the podium for the first of four Hallé appearances to come on January 29 and David Kadouch, another young pianist, this one from France, plays Ravel’s dashing G major piano concerto.

The rest of the concert takes in Brahms’ First Symphony and Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict Overture.

Younger generation musicians give way to two vastly experienced ones on February 10 when the world-famous period instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment come to town with the distinguished American conductor David Zinman.

Anthony Pay is the soloist in Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto, which is sandwiched between four well-known movements from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream music and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Nicholas Kraemer is the conductor on February 25, then the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Manchester Camerata perform Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Concerto for four violins Op 3 No 10, plus Mozart’s Requiem.

The Hallé return on March 18 with Sir Mark Elder and a programme of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer – sung by Roderick Williams! – and Elgar’s First Symphony.

The Hallé’s principal guest conductor Markus Stenz comes with them on April 2 to perform Wagner’s Act 1 and Act 3 preludes from The Mastersingers, plus Mendelssohn’s Concerto for violin, piano and strings and Schumann ‘Rhenish’ Symphony.

The BBC Philharmonic is here with its principal guest conductor, Vassily Sinaisky, on May 7 and dazzling trumpet player Alison Balsom who plays Hummel’s concerto, while the orchestra play Mahler’s First Symphony and three of Dvorák Op 46 Slavonic Dances under their own steam.

Another young musician of exceptional talent, Natalie Klein, plays Haydn C major cello concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on May 21.

Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro are elsewhere and she will have a sympathetic conductor in Dmitry Yablonsky, also a cellist who played the Haydn concerto at the age of nine.

The Hallé end the season on June 3 with conductor Rory Macdonald, the Philharmonic Chorus, the 2009 winner of Leeds Piano Competition, Sofya Gulyak, and Samuel West variously performing Walton’s (arranged Palmer) Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario, Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody and Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night Overture.

All the concerts begin at 7pm and tickets are a bargain price at £15.