We Recommend: Classical Music

La traviata

Tue 17 Dec - Mon 23 Mar

Royal Opera House

Richard Eyre's naturalistic production of Verdi's traviata contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for the main characters.

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Orchestre National de Lille – UK Tour

Tue 28 Jan - Sat 1 Feb

Various Venues in the UK

Under the inspirational conductor Alexandre Bloch, the Orchestre National de Lille performs in 5 cities for the biggest UK tour of a French orchestra in 2020, featuring the 1st prize of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, pianist Eric Lu.

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Orchestre National de Lille – French Landscapes

Wed 29 Jan

Cadogan Hall

The Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Alexandre Bloch, promises to shine in this programme of evocative melodies from the very best of the French composers: Ravel and Debussy. American pianist Eric Lu will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

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Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware

Sun 2 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Multi-award-winning Franco-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig explores works by Duparc, Strauss and Rachmaninov in tandem with pianist Jonathan Ware.

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Valentine in Paris

Fri 14 Feb

Southbank Centre

For Valentine's Day, French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, will stop by Humperdinck’s enchanted German forest to access masterpieces of the French repertoire such as Ravel's Piano Concerto.

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Cédric Tiberghien

Sun 23 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien will intersperse some of the Beethoven's Variations written between 1782 and 1803 with works by 20th-century American experimentalists such as John Cage.

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The Oboist Entertains: Leleux Interprets Mozart

Mon 2 Mar

Southbank Centre

Oboist extraordinaire, François Leleux explores Austria, Poland and Italy with three pieces by three great composers (including Mozart) with the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Lise Berthaud & David Saudubray

Mon 2 Mar

Wigmore Hall

With her pianist partner David Saudubray, widely admired French viola player Lise Berthaud will perform two major pieces by Schubert and Brahms, originally written for other instruments.

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Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper

Sun 8 Mar

Wigmore Hall

One of the world’s leading baritones Stéphane Degout returns to Wigmore Hall with pianist Simon Lepper, taking part to the song recital series.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Beethoven & Ives

Tue 10 Mar

Southbank Centre

Beethoven was a humanist and musical revolutionary, Charles Ives became known as a radical modernist of his day. Pierre-Laurent Aimard gives voice to the two great composers, revealing Beethoven’s influence on the avant-garde.

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Harpsichord en fête

Fri 20 - Fri 27 Mar

Institut français d'Ecosse & St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

For its Harpsichord en fête festival's 2nd edition, the Institut français d'Ecosse invited the artists to select and perform on historical harpsichords from St Cecilia's Hall. The festival will also celebrate historical dances with a Baroque ball.

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Lise de la Salle: Liszt, Debussy & Beethoven

Tue 31 Mar

Southbank Centre

Lise de la Salle returns to the Wigmore Hall on the occasion of the International Piano Series, which present the most prestigious pianists on the concert platform and showcases the grand masters alongside the best of a current generation of rising stars.

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Le Concert d’Astrée

Tue 14 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Under Emmanuelle Haïm’s direction, Baroque specialist group Le Concert d'Astrée brings a rich selection of pieces from the 16th and 17th Centuries to the Wigmore Hall.

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1920s Paris, The Crazy Years: Pulcinella & Paris

Tue 28 Apr

Southbank Centre

In their Worlds Colliding series, City of London Sinfonia explore the blurred lines between classical and popular culture. With conductor and pianist David Greilsammer, they will give voice to 20th Century French composers.

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Les Talens Lyriques

Fri 8 May

Wigmore Hall

Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset’s Baroque ensemble welcomes German tenor Julian Prégardien for a programme of love songs by some of the leading lights of the French Baroque period.

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Varèse & Debussy: Dreamscapes

Sat 9 May

Southbank Centre

Young conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra dedicate their programme to Varèse and Debussy, who share a preoccupation with the texture, physicality and sensuality of sound itself.

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Varèse and Debussy: Microcosms

Sun 10 May

Southbank Centre

This time with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla combines 4 works by Varèse with pieces by Debussy and contemporary composers Rebecca Saunders and Gérard Grisey.

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La Serenissima

Tue 12 May

Wigmore Hall

The UK’s leading Venetian-specialist ensemble La Serenissima celebrate Vivaldi's women student-performers in the company of soprano Julia Doyle, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić and contralto Hilary Summers.

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Memory / Hélène Grimaud

Sun 7 Jun

Barbican Centre

Hélène Grimaud matches Schumann's virtuosity with pieces by Satie, Silvestrov, Debussy and Chopin to ‘conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been’, as she says.

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