Emmanuelle Haïm on 20 years of Le Concert d’Astrée

Friday, April 22, 2022

The French conductor and harpsichordist celebrates the anniversary of her ensemble

Emmanuelle Haïm founded her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée 20 years ago and to mark this auspicious birthday, she directed two charity concerts. One in Paris and one on Berlin, and invited many of her musical friends to take part, including Sir Simon Rattle who took to the podium to conduct music from Rameau’s Les boréades. Gramophone’s Editor, Martin Cullingford caught up with Emmanuelle to talk about the occasion, the resulting Erato album, ‘Une nouvelle fête baroque. Vingt ans’, and reflect on the past two decades of music-making.

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Wigmore Hall concerts for the week starting on Saturday, April 23

Saturday, April 23, 1pm
Phil Meadows saxophone 
Mike De Souza electric guitar            
Joe Downard bass                 
Harry Pope drums                

Imagine Series: Phil Meadows’s Beware of the Bear               

Saturday, April 23, 7.30pm
Trish Clowes & her ensemble My Iris                   

Album Launch - A View with a Room

Sunday April 24, 11.30am
Lucas Debargue pf         

Franck 3 Pièces pour grand orgue – Fantaisie (trans Debargue)                 
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit    
Scriabin Fantasie, Op 28     
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie S161 – Après une lecture du Dante     

Sunday April 24, 3pm
‘Schöne Fremde’
Dominik Köninger bar         
Daniel Heide pf    

Korngold 6 Einfache Lieder Op 9      
Schoenberg 6 Lieder Op 3 
Schumann Liederkreis Op 24             

Sunday April 24, 7.30pm
'Once upon a time...'
Collegium / Lawrence Power va       

Purcell Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632         
Thomas Larcher Nucleus   
Locke The Tempest – Curtain Tune           
John Cage Living Room Music – Story      
John Woolrich Ulysses Awakes (based on Claudio Monteverdi)                 
Luke Bedford Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale   
Maxwell Davies The Yellow Cake Revue, Op 88 – Farewell to Stromness        
Cassandra Miller Just So    
Biber Battalia a10                 
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony  

Monday April 25, 1pm LIVE STREAMED
Leila Josefowicz

Matthias Pintscher La Linea Evocativa: A Drawing for Violin Solo              
Bach Partita No 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV1004                

Monday April 25, 7.30pm
Jean Rondeau harpsichord

Bach Goldberg Variations 

Tuesday April 26, 7.30pm
Andrei Ioniţă vc   
Naoko Sonoda pf

Enescu Concertstück (arr Ioniță)      
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821               
Schnittke Suite in Old Style (arr Daniil Shafran)
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C, Op 119

Wednesday April 27, 1pm
Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Prizewinners
Usha Kapoor vn   
Edward Leung pf 

Brahms F.A.E. Sonata – Scherzo in C minor. Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108              
Beach Violin Sonata Op 34

Wednesday April 27, 7.30pm
Nicholas Daniel ob                
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord             
Adam Walker fl    
Ben Goldscheider hn           
Isang Enders vc    

Debussy Sonata for oboe, horn and harpsichord (reconstructed by Kenneth Cooper)         
Carter Enchanted Preludes. Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord              
Widmann Air for solo horn                 
Adès Sonata da Caccia, Op 11           

Thursday April 28, 1pm LIVE STREAMED
‘Remembering Kitchener Camp’ – A memorial concert for Yom HaShoah
Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel narrators    
Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan vns           
Rachel Roberts va                 
Gemma Rosefield vc            
London Cantorial Singers   

Haas String Quartet No 3 Op 15       
Haydn String Quartet in B flat Op 76 No 4, 'Sunrise'    
Traditional Lo Teida Milchama (May You Never Know War Anymore)    
Ravel Deux mélodies hébraïques – Kaddisch

Thursday April 28, 7.30pm
Schumann Quartet               

Haydn String Quartet in C, Op 33 No 3, 'The Bird'         
Helena Winkelman Papa Haydn's Parrot        
Mozart String Quartet No 17 in B flat, K458, 'The Hunt'               

Friday April 29, 3pm
'Music for the Moment'
Bryony Rawstron vc             
Lynn Henderson hn              
Electra Perivolaris pf            

A concert for people living with dementia and their friends, family and carers

Friday April 29, 7.30pm
‘Hello Young Lovers’
Louise Alder sop  
James Baillieu pf  

Fauré Le papillon et la fleur, Op 1 No 1.  Chanson d’amour, Op 27 No 1. Rêve d'amour, Op 5 No 2. Notre amour, Op 23 No 2     
L Boulanger Les heures claires – C'était en juin; Que tes yeux clairs, tes yeux d'été; S'il arrive jamais
Mahler Frühlingsmorgen. Erinnerung. Urlicht. Das himmlische Leben    
Copland 12 poems of Emily Dickinson             
Ned Rorem Early in the Morning      
Rodgers He was too good to me. Dancing on the Ceiling. Hello Young Lovers       

For full information and tickets just go to wigmore-hall.org.uk where you can also watch a host of archived concerts as well as the 2022-23 season launch. Tickets for September to December’s concerts go on sale to Friends of Wigmore Hall on May 11 and on general sale on May 14 at 10am. Tickets for the remainder of this season are on sale now.

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