We Recommend: Classical Music

Thomas Dunford & Keyvan Chemirani

Fri 5 Jan

LSO St Luke's

For Baroque at the Edge Festival, a new festival that aims to mix baroque masters with world, jazz and folk musics, Thomas Dunford (lute) and Keyvan Chemirani (Persian Percussions) will make a virtuoso concert showing all the richness of improvisation.

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Stéphanie d’Oustrac & Nash Ensemble

Sat 13 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d'Oustrac seen at Glyndebourne Festival opening concert in 2015 returns to the United Kingdom for a more intimate recital at Wigmore Hall, singing Debussy's Trois Poèmes and two Duparc's songs, a repertoire she is deeply familiar with.

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Les Talens Lyriques

Sun 14 Jan

Barbican Centre

For the 350th anniversary of François Couperin's birth, the Barbican Centre offers a half-day exploration of his works. Expect some of his most expert performers, Les Talens Lyriques, to interpret Trois Leçons de ténèbres by candlelight.

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Quatuor Diotima

Thu 18 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Young, promising French string quartet Quatuor Diotima premieres Rebecca Saunders' new work at Wigmore Hall. Schubert's mighty String Quartet in G major and Szymanowsky's expressive and colourful Quartet n°2 will also be performed.

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Benedict Kloeckner & Momo Kodama

Fri 19 Jan

Harrogate Music Festival

World-class German and Japanese soloists Benedict Kloeckner (cello) and Momo Kodama (piano) will interpret iconic sonatas from Chopin and Shostakovich. Concert will take place near York and will begin with Schuman's melodic and poignant Fantasiestucke.

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Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud

Fri 19 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Renowned cellist and pianist Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud come with a daring programme including two of the most famous cello sonata : Brahms' Sonata n°1 and Shostakovich's Cello Sonata in D minor.

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Matthias Goerne in Das Rheingold

Sat 27 Jan

Royal Festival Hall

Internationally acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne will have the title role in Wagner's Das Rheingold during LPO's Golden Gala Evening. Come to see this year's winner of the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone Award.

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Romain Leleu & François Dumont

Mon 12 Feb

Royal Albert Hall

Satie, Chopin, Poulenc, Gershwin or Araturian will be played by French trumpeter Romain Leleu. Short, famous pieces such as Rimsky Korsakov's Le Vol du Bourdon or Edith Piaf's La Foule will also be part of this duo concert at Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room.

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Quatuor Zaide

Sun 18 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Sunday lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall celebrates youth with a young, female string quartet and a programme that includes an early Beethoven string quartet and Debussy's one and only string quartet to celebrate the composer's birth centenary.

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Raphael Pichon & the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus

Thu 22 Feb

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

This concert marks the debut of Raphael Pichon's season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as guest conductor. The former countertenor will conduct two masterpieces: Schubert's Symphony No 8 'Unfinished' and Mozart's Mass in C minor.

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Les Talens Lyriques

Mon 26 Feb

Wigmore Hall

French baroque internationally renowned ensemble Les Talens Lyriques will play Monteverdi, Rossi and Cavalli. Come and listen to Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Monteverdi, honoured during the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

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Insula Orchestra & Laurence Equilbey

Thu 8 Mar

Barbican Centre

To mark International Women’s Day, conductor Laurence Equilbey and the Insula Orchestra present an introduction to the music of composer Louise Farrenc with soloists Alexandra Conunova (violin), Natalie Clein (cello), Alice Sara Ott (piano).

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Quatuor Voce

Fri 9 Mar

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

French string quartet Quatuor Voce will be part of the French Connections festival, performing the likes of Dutilleux, Debussy, Vaughn-Williams and Britten.

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Quatuor Arod

Fri 16 Mar

Ryedale Festival

Freshly appointed BBC New Generation Artists for the 2017 to 2019 seasons, Quatuor Arod will play Mendelsohn, Webern and Beethoven for Ryedale Festival launch concert. This promising French quartet has just released its first CD dedicated to Mendelsohn (Erato)

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Thibaut Garcia

Sat 17 Mar

Ryedale Festival

Guitarist Thibaut Garcia has imagined a recital full of energy, tenderness and emotion including pieces from Bach to Piazolla. This programme will show all the intensity of his instrumental mastery which is often described as passionate, skilled and sensual.

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Julien Leroy & Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Sun 18 Mar

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

French conductor Julien Leroy is invited by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Orchestra for a French contemporary classical music programme on Debussy's legacy, including pieces by Pierre Boulez and Tristan Murail.

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Sat 24 Mar

Royal Festival Hall

Grammy nominee violonist Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Stravinsky's Violin Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Each movement begins with a chord specially invented by Stravinsky for this concerto and which is supposed to be impossible to play.

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Les Folies françoises

Wed 28 Mar

Wigmore Hall

For its Wigmore Hall debut, French baroque ensemble conducted by violonist Patrick Cohen-Akenine,les Folies françoises will perform Bach's virtuoso Orchestral Suite n°2 and Harpsichord Concert n°1.

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