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Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante

Saturday June 9, 2018 at 19:30
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
£9 - £28
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  1. Sinfonia No 2 in B flat Wq 182 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  2. Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky Op 35a - Anton Arensky
  3. Concerto for harpsichord in G HWV 487 - George Frideric Handel
  4. Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi

Enjoy a selection of Bach’s most famous set of concertos performed by the internationally acclaimed London Concertante, in the magnificent candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Founded in 1991, the ensemble continues to travel up and down Britain, and beyond with tours throughout Europe and the USA. Recognised for their irresistible musical interpretations and enchanting performance style, it is no surprise that they have continued to find such far reaching support for over 25 years. Reaching critical acclaim on their numerous recordings, London Concertante have found themselves labelled one of the finest chamber ensembles in Europe.

Renowned for their musical genius, enjoy three out of six of JS Bach’s remarkable Brandenburg Concertos. Whilst the 5th is famous for its dazzling array of harpsichord virtuosity and flair, the 6th is arguably the most unique of all the concertos, with its original orchestration lacking the violin entirely. Brandenburg Concerto No 6 features some of the Baroque Maestro’s characteristically exuberant and intricate melodic interplay; the violas begin almost in unison over a pressing accompaniment before the melody develops and gracefully expands hinting at the melancholic theme that is to follow in the sublime second movement. The final movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 opens with a spectacularly ecstatic rush of energy that brings the work to a joyous and euphoric close. The selection of Brandenburg Concertos are excellently partnered by Mozart's delightful Flute Quartet, and Vivaldi's effervescent Four Seasons in what is set to be a magical exploration of the Baroque masterpieces.

If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts a remarkable audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

A new experience for me … atmospheric and emotionally powerful. I would happily do this again!”
– A happy audience member (January 2018)

“the most stunning and talented ensemble…enthralled and delighted”
– A happy audience member (November 2017)

“First-class musicians … The muscle in each individual’s playing gave such a punch to Tchaikovsky’s writing.”
– Sunday Express

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
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