We Recommend: Classical Music

LSO Futures: Manoury’s Ring

Sun 24 Mar

Barbican Hall

For the first time in the UK, the London Symphony Orchestra performs Philippe Manoury’s piece, Ring. This LSO Futures season focuses on the concept of space and on the relation with the orchestra and the audience. Supported by Diaphonique.

Classical Music

Quatuor Van Kuijk

Fri 29 Mar

LSO St Luke's

Winners of the Wigmore Hall's prestigious string quartet competition in 2015 and currently part of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, The Van Kuijk quartet celebrates French music with pieces from Poulenc, Durupt and Debussy.

Classical Music

Handel vs Porpora

Mon 8 Apr

St George’s, Hanover Square

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu and charismatic mezzo-soprano Giuseppina Bridelli perform a programme of Handel and Porpora directed by Franck- Emmanuel Comte.

Classical Music

Lise de la Salle

Sun 14 Apr

Wigmore Hall

The French pianist returns to Wigmore Hall in a classical-to-modern programme that includes Chopin’s luminous nocturnes and Fauré’s substantial barcarolles alongside Prokofiev’s self-arranged ballet score.

Classical Music

Ensemble Correspondances

Mon 22 Apr

Wigmore Hall

A varied programme of sacred works by a leading French Baroque composer who held several important appointments under both Louis XIV and his successor and which climaxes in one of his celebrated grands motets.

Classical Music

Julian Pregardien & Eric Le Sage

Mon 29 Apr

Wigmore Hall

A programme devoted to major cycles by both composers, Schumann and Fauré. The former’s Heine cycle precedes the latter’s Verlaine settings of 1892-4, dedicated to Emma Bardac, with whom Fauré was in love at the time of composition.

Classical Music

Two Coasts: Past and Current Streams

Wed 1 - Mon 20 May

Club Inégales

Two Coasts combines contemporary music and baroque music, with a programme including collaborative and improvisatory versions of French and British baroque music composed by Rameau, Marin Marais, Lully. Purcell and Boyce, as well as two new works inspired by this dual legacy. Supported by Diaphonique.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Jean Rondeau

Mon 10 Jun

Wigmore Hall

An individualist, whose performances have enthralled international audiences, rounds off a programme of works imagined for his instrument with Brahms’s keyboard arrangement of Bach’s great D minor violin chaconne.

Classical Music

Lucas Dabargue

Fri 5 Jul

Wigmore Hall

The French Pianist, since coming to international attention at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has won plaudits for his highly personal performances of a carefully selected repertoire.

Classical Music

Xavier Phillips & François-Frédéric Guy

Sat 6 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Devoting their programme to a single composer, two exceptional French artists perform almost the entirety of Beethoven’s output for cello and piano, demonstrating his range and development over a series of pieces produced between 1796 and 1815.

Classical Music

Max Emanuel Cencic, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu & Franck-Emmanuel Comte

Thu 11 Jul

Wigmore Hall

The fictionalised historical figure of the Carolingian knight Roland (or Orlando) inspired innumerable Baroque operas, sampled here by the Croatian star countertenor alongside his period-instrument colleagues and with a handful of instrumental interludes.

Classical Music

Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet

Sat 27 Jul

Wigmore Hall

The founder-director of one of Europe’s most durable and expert period-instrument ensembles leads a programme that simulates the musical experience of the mass in the time of Mozart and Haydn.

Classical Music