classical music

Music From Bach to Birtwistle

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Four generations of leading artists perform the music of four centuries in the second concert of HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series 50 Years in a Day.

Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, praised by Concertonet for her ‘masterful technique in... smoothly delivered trills and arpeggios’, raises the curtain with a solo performance.

Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, called ‘superbly subtle and virtuosic’ by The Arts Desk, takes the stage with cellist Alban Gerhardt and violinist Leticia Moreno in solos, duos and trios culminating in a special arrangement of Piazzolla’s Grand Tango.

Next, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto, ground-breaking star violinists, combine in a wild selection of virtuosic duos.

Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan joins pianist Tamara Stefanovich in songs from her prize-winning album Vienna: Fin de Siécle (Alpha Classics) which features music from Wolf, Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler and members of the Second Viennese School.

To conclude, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich perform the London premiere of Keyboard Engine, written especially for them by Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

The San Francisco Chronicle commented: ‘the overarching metaphor of a whirring, clacking machine helps illuminate the music’s rhythmic force...’

In their US premiere of the work Musical America said: ‘this was playing of jaw-dropping virtuosity, infused with that ineffable quality that raises less than one-in-a-hundred musical experiences into the realm of the sublime.’

Enjoy the tastes and talents of some of HarrisonParrott’s charismatic artists, celebrating the music management company’s 50th anniversary with music spanning from Bach to the present.

The evening also marks the launch of the HP50 Charitable Foundation.


Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet
Ksenija Sidorova accordion
Alban Gerhardt cello
Leticia Moreno violin
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Barbara Hannigan soprano
Tamara Stefanovich piano
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano


Programme includes: -
JS Bach: Prelude from Suite No.6 in D for solo cello, BWV.1012
Falla: 7 Canciones populares espagñolas arr. for cello & accordion
Piazzolla: Le grand tango
Selection of violin duos: .
Songs from the album Vienna Fin de Siècle: .
Harrison Birtwistle: Keyboard Engine for 2 pianos (London premiere)

Dates & times

6 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 140 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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