We Recommend: Classical Music

Nash Ensemble: The French Connection

Sun 24 Sep - Sat 9 Dec

Wigmore Hall

This series juxtaposes music from Stravinsky's French period with music by a variety of composers from the French tradition – including Saint-Saëns and Fauré, the great Impressionists Debussy and Ravel, and composers from the generation that emerged after WWI.

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Van Kuijk Quartet Tour

Thu 19 - Mon 30 Oct

Throughout the UK

After a noticeable appearance at BBC Proms this year, the Van Kuijk Quartet comes back for its 2017 British tour. Considered by the BBC as one of the most promising ensembles, watch out for their concerts near you.

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Edith Canat de Chizy & The Van Kuijk Quartet

Mon 23 Oct

Town Hall Birmingham

The ECHO Rising Stars series spotlights the French string quartet Quatuor van Kuijk, in music by Haydn, Janáček, Ravel and the world premiere of French contemporary composer Edith Canat de Chizy's New Work.

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Pascal Gallois at the Sound Festival

Thu 9 Nov

Sound Festival

Pascal Gallois, worldly renowned as one of the best bassoon players is invited to the Sound festival in Aberdeen. For this season dedicated to bassoon, come and listen to the world premiere of Philippe Hersant's Eight Pieces for Bassoon and Instrumental Ensemble.

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Creation sans frontière: Franco-Scottish Musical Twinning

Sat 11 Nov

Sound Festival

Stéphane Magnin's work will be performed for the first time at the Aberdeen's Sound Festival. Result of a French-Scottish collaboration, this work promises to be interestingly unusual mixing voices, percussion, bassoon and strings.

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Meeting Lou Reed

Fri 17 Nov

Bates Mill

Meeting Lou Reed is the project created by the French contemporary ensemble 2e2m and the German Zeitkratzer. The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival dares to confront those two ensembles with affirmed, radical aesthetics for a novel performance.

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Quatuor Diotima

Wed 22 Nov

Wimbledon International Festival

Quatuor Diotima, one of the world’s most in-demand ensembles, will perform the great composers - Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky - alongside a more contemporary work by French composer Henri Dutilleux at Wimbledon International Festival.

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Philippe Jaroussky & Ensemble Artaserse

Sun 26 Nov

Wigmore Hall

Superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, accompanied by the Ensemble Artaserse, will perform an all-Handel programme featuring dazzling arias from such little-known operas as Flavio, the King Lear-like Siroe, and Tolomeo.

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Les Arts Florissants & Emmanuelle de Negri

Sat 9 Dec

Barbican Centre

Baroque Ensemble Les Arts Florissants, famous for their complete cycle of Monteverdi's madrigals for which they won a Gramophone Award, returns to the Barbican Centre performing the last anthology of Monteverdi's sacred vocal music, Selva Morale e spirituale.

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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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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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