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Schools have broken up for the summer and the dilemma about how to keep the children occupied during the holidays raises its head again. We’ve explored what classical music events are available – either free or at low cost – to entertain children and perhaps encourage them to explore something new.
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Mussorgsky, Grieg, Strauss R.
Baltic Youth Philharmonic; Kristjan Järvi; Jan Lisiecki
Dvořák, Grieg, Bax, Whelan
Ulster Orchestra; Jac van Steen; Zhang Zuo
Beethoven, Grieg, Schumann
Düsseldorf Symphony; Constantin Trinks; Arthur Jussen
Mussorgsky, Grieg, Sibelius, Gelgotas, Kalnins
Unknown; Kristjan Järvi; Jan Lisiecki
Strauss R., Grieg, Sibelius, Stravinsky
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Javier Perianes
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Mixed fare that Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christopher Warren-Green, with Nelson Freire's performance the highlight.
Garrick Ohlsson joins for Osmo Vänskä and the Cleveland Orchestra for Grieg's famous Piano Concerto, followed by a beautiful Sibelius Fifth Symphony.
Manchester favourite Nobuyuki Tsujii made a welcome return to the BBC Philharmonic with Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto, followed by a thrilling performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, conducted by Juanjo Mena. The concert began, though, with a world première. Emily Howard was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write her new work, Axon, for the BBC Philharmonic.
Starting the role of principal conductor of a new orchestra may be compared to trying out a new car. There is of course the initial thrill of the novelty of it all, testing the performance of the vehicle; how quickly it can accelerate, how smooth are the transitions from one speed to another.
Neeme Järvi brought his fine Swiss orchestra to Manchester for a deeply moving evening of Pärt, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, leaving a large audience very quiet as they left the Bridgewater Hall.Tchaikovsky wrote his Sixth Symphony amid substantial personal turmoil, despite the relatively recent success of his Fifth.