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Vakula and the Devil - A Ukrainian Christmas Eve

A magical retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s famous story Christmas Eve interwoven with a ravishing selection of Russian and Ukrainian music and song.

Honest blacksmith Vakula is in love with the beautiful but proud Oksana. But how on earth will he manage the impossible task she sets him before Christmas?

Bass-baritone, cellist and storyteller Matthew Sharp joins Chroma musicians to perform music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Borodin as well as Ukrainian folk music.

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven    Egmont Overture
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no 1
Scotchmer    Valse Tragique(from Symphony no 2)
Brahms         Symphony no 3

Stephen Scotchmer conductor
Yulia Chaplina          piano
Sue Bint                    leader

Würth Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss II               Overture: Die Fledermaus
Bruch                     Violin Concerto no. 1
Saint-Saëns           Introduction and rondo capriccioso
Shostakovich        Symphony no.10

Maxim Vengerov         violin/conductor
Stamatia Karampini

Philharmonia Orchestra

Mendelssohn  Symphony no. 4 (Italian)
Brahms           Symphony no. 2

Daniele Gatti

Mendelssohn’s irresistibly exuberant Italian Symphony captures in four movements his impressions of the country. The slow movement is a pilgrim’s march, and the gently flowing scherzo is followed by an exhilarating Neapolitan salterello.

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Weber                  Overture: Euryanthe
Beethoven          Symphony no. 5
Shostakovich     Symphony no. 5

Michael Sanderling

Weber’s opera Euryanthe is his musical masterpiece, and the overture shows its many strengths. Beethoven’s fifth symphony, from the most famous opening in music, builds through its four movements from dramatic struggle to a blazing, triumphant conclusion.

Spira Mirabilis

Beethoven        Symphony no. 7

We’re delighted to welcome the extraordinary ensemble Spira Mirabilis to The Anvil for the first time. They gather each year for an intense period of concentration on a single work, which results in even the most familiar pieces appearing new and special in performance.  

Beethoven’s symphony was first played at a mammoth concert in 1813 which was one of his greatest public successes. Its joyous energy and rhythmic impetus have made it among the most popular of all his symphonies.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov    Symphony no. 1
Tchaikovsky       Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov    Caprice bohemien

Nemanja Radulovic    violin
Kirill Karabits

Philharmonia Orchestra

Beethoven   Piano Concerto no. 2
Mahler          Symphony no. 1

David Fray                  piano
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 shows the young composer breaking away from Mozart’s model into his own world of emotion, with a tender slow movement and mischievous and sprightly finale.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Bach St Matthew Passion

Philharmonia Orchestra

Mosolov         The Iron Foundry
Prokofiev       Piano Concerto no. 3
Glière             Concerto for coloratura soprano
                       Suite: The Red Poppy

Behzod Abduraimov    piano
Ailish Tynan                  soprano
Vladimir Ashkenazy

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