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Manchester-based Chinese music ensemble, Oriental Breeze, consists of members from the local Chinese community and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Enjoy the charm of traditional Chinese music with many of the most popular Chinese pieces, such as Jasmine, Beijing melody and many more classics. Price: FREE
Join us for the first Music Society concert of the academic year, featuring three contrasting French works. We introduce our newest music students in Poulenc’s eclectic Gloria, followed by Louise Farrenc’s (1834) overture, transitioning classical and romantic idioms. Ravel's colourful and beautifully orchestrated Mothergoose suite contrast..
In the last years of Stalin’s regime, composers in Russia and the eastern bloc were exhorted to compose music ‘for the people’. In Poland Lutoslawski responded with a folklike series of piano pieces, which he later arranged for viola and cello, while in Russia the ailing Myaskovsky, once dubbed ‘the conscience of Soviet music’ compos..
The Danels begin their late-Schubert survey with the bitter-sweet ‘Rosamunde’ named after its slow movement’s variations on incidental music to a play of that name. The Second Piano Quintet by Poland’s Gra?yna Bacewicz blends with neoclassicism with modernist adventure, and the concert opens with the genial Serenade by Romanus Hoffstet..
Weinberg loved the cello - it was clearly a vehicle with which he could express his innermost feelings and thoughts. Jonathan Aasgaard, a longstanding fan of his music, is delighted to present a selection of his music for solo cello. Price: FREE Weinberg 5 preludes op 100 Britten Suite no 1 op 72 Weinberg Sonata no 1 op 72
As the culmination of a two-day intensive workshop on historically informed performance, guided by Peter Holman MBE, co-founder of The Parley of Instruments, together with Baroque strings specialist Judy Tarling, members of The University of Manchester Baroque Orchestra treat us to an exploration of the rich and varied repertory of late sevent..
Touch and movement (encapsulated by Judith Weir’s apt title) characterise this programme of short late twentieth century classics, plus the UK première of Richard Whalley’s recent Kinderszenen. Judith Weir The Art of Touching the Keyboard John Adams China Gates Helmut Lachenmann Guero Toru Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos II Richard Wha..
Three works composed between 1922-34 reveal the varied nature of early twentieth-century chamber music, using imaginative forces to evoke new timbres and characters. Contrastingly, Gloria Coates treats that most familiar of ensembles, the string quartet, in a more contemporary idiom. FREE
Böcklin’s 1884 painting ‘The Isle of the Dead’ inspired Rachmaninoff’s extraordinary work, featuring one of the most sinister openings in any orchestral repertoire. Postgraduate composer, Will Frampton, explores a similarly dark sound-world, whilst Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony brightens the second half. Programme to Include: Rachma..
Beethoven only rarely rearranged his works for different instrumental combinations. Acclaimed period-instrument chamber group, Ensemble DENOTE, explores his reimagining of the Septet, Op.20 as a Trio, Op.38. Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E flat, Op.38 Price: FREE