Concert recommendations – April 2013- Cadogan Hall
Concert recommendations for a hopefully spring-like April 2013
Cadogan Hall, London
Concert recommendations – We know you don’t have a lot of spare time, so we’d like to make things easier for you by choosing some of our favorite concerts in the upcoming month.
This week, we’re looking at concert recommendations for Cadogan Hall. Spitting distance from the Sloan Square tube station, it’s easy to get to and there are plenty of places to eat and shop nearby.
We’ve mentioned it before, but we really like the way Cadogan Hall has samples of the music being played on each relevant webpage. It’s a clever move and we’re sure it helps swing people toward buying a ticket.
Our first concert recommendation is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday the 11th of April at 730pm playing a program of Russian favorites. They are favorites for a reason and if you don’t know these pieces, we really recommend them. Scheherazade (try spelling that correctly without looking it up!) especially takes you on a wonderful musical journey. Scheherazade was the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. The work illustrates a few episodes from the stories and is very evocative of Arabia (seen through the eyes of a Russian, of course!). The other large piece on the program, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, played by Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski, is essentially a piano concerto in 24 short segments. Don’t worry, it’s only 25 minutes long and it’s quite interesting to follow the theme as it evolves throughout the piece.
For something completely different, a few days later on the 16th of April, jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth and the Cadogan Swing Orchestra are presenting “Songs from Stage & Silver Screen” . Ms Dankworth at the very least has a genetic claim to being a jazz singer – she’s he daughter of the jazz musician, arranger and composer Sir John Dankworth and singer Dame Cleo Laine. But that fact is really irrelevant – she’s got a lovely smooth voice, is tremendously expressive and uses interesting arrangements. Sure to be an enjoyable evening.
The next night, the 17th at 730pm, the Orion Orchestra play Tchaikovsky, Britten and Bax. (We still have trouble spelling Tchaikovsky even after all these years…there’s a theme developing here…). The Britten violin concerto isn’t played as frequently as others but it’s well worth a listen and gives a lovely platform for the soloist with a few extended cadenzas. The Orion Orchestra is made of members selected from the cream of London’s young professionals. We’re always in favor of supporting younger musicians, so make some time in your calendar to go see this concert.
Finally, the concert recommendation we’re most excited about at Cadogan Hall this month. On the 23rd, the RPO present “Heart of Darkness”, which features the London premiere of the Suite rom Tarik O’Regan’s recent opera, Heart of Darkness. O’Regan is a young British composer who has already been recognised with two Grammy nominations and review for the full Heart of Darkness opera have been positive. This is a great opportunity to hear a work at its “birth” and we’re sure it will be worthwhile. All that, and a Sibelius Symphony (always rich in texture and engaging) and an Elgar overture which the website says is “a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band.” Sounds like a fun night with a bit of something for everyone.
Our concert recommendations are meant as a shortcut to planning some of your month…if you think we’ve got it wrong or missed something fabulous, please get in touch!