Cellist Mario Brunello embraces Bach’s repertoire in a pictorial odyssey at the National Gallery
Cellist Mario Brunello, former first prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, embarks on a series of lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery from 14 September to 7 December, with art historian Guido Beltramini, director of the Andrea Palladio International Centre for Architectural Studies. Choosing three paintings by Botticini, Holbein and Conegliano at the National Gallery, Brunello has devised three programmes to explore three individual themes - resonance, enigma and distance. For the second concert on 24 October, Brunello explores the idea of an enigma at the heart of Holbein’s Ambassadors – the skull placed between the Ambassadors only visible from certain angles – through Bach’s Partita No.2 for violin but on a violoncello piccolo.
Filomena Campus marks the centenary of the jazz legend at EFG London Jazz Festival and on tour
To mark Thelonious Monk’s Centenary, EFG London Jazz Festival hosts a new edition of Filomena Campus’ critically acclaimed Monk Misterioso at Kings Place on Saturday 18 November, sponsored by Arts Council England and marking the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. With a revised script by renowned Italian writer Stefano Benni, a new selection of arrangements by Rowland Sutherland and new video design by SDNA, this dramatised jazz production explores the revolutionary jazz legend who lived his last seven years in silence. Prior to the UK tour of Monk Misterioso -Colchester, Milton Keynes and Portsmouth - there will be a launch at the British Library on 11 October to mark Monk’s Centenary exploring his legacy not just as a jazz musician or composer but as a modernist
Jessica Duchen brings her latest novel Ghost Variations to life
Author Jessica Duchen presents her latest novel “Ghost Variations” - about the mysterious rediscovery of Schumann’s suppressed Violin Concerto - in a series of concerts with violin and piano duo David Le Page and Viv McLean. Marking the 80th anniversary of the modern premiere of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, the tour kicks off in London at the cabaret venue Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel off Piccadilly Circus on 23 October, followed by intimate salon concerts at Burgh House in Hampstead and Lampeter House in Pembrokeshire alongside concert venues in Bromsgrove and Leicester
Pianist Paul Berkowitz makes returns to London after 25 years to release new Schubert CD and perform at St. John’s Smith Square
Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz makes his return to the London stage after 25 years to celebrate the culmination of a 30-year Schubert cycle project. Berkowitz will perform Schubert’s 19th, 20th and 21st piano sonatas at St. John’s Smith Square on 9 November to mark the release of his latest CD on Meridian records. Berkowitz has chosen the final three sonatas for this concert, as they are the works he began his Schubert recording cycle with. This concert will be the first time Berkowitz will have performed the last three Schubert sonatas all in one concert, having been playing them his whole life.
In the long shadow of revolution: Mariinsky Orchestra return to the UK
The Mariinsky Orchestra returns to the UK for a series of concerts at the BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, Birmingham and Belfast with music of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich composed in the shadow of the Russian Revolution, now 100 years ago. At Cadogan Hall on 8 and 9 October, Valery Gergiev presents a programme in which he couples the music of Stravinsky with that of his teacher and mentor, Rimsky-Korsakov.