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Concerts: 2018-2019
 
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Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

Saturday 21 April 2018, 7.30 pm
St John's Church, Waterloo, London SE1 8TY

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Stravinsky's Monumenteum is a recomposition of 3 madrigals by Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, the result being a fusion of the two composers' music. Tchaikovsky's justly famous violin concerto is virtuosic and full of fiery and Romantic Russian temperament. Brahms final symphony, his fourth, is considered by many one of the finest of all symphonies, full of gloroius tunes and deep (and sometimes dark) sentiment.
 
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
 Louisa Staples  Violin
 
Stravinsky  Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa
Tchaikovsky  Violin concerto
Brahms  Symphony No.4 in E minor
 
Mahler's Hammer Blows: Symphony No.6

Saturday 14 July 2018, 7.30 pm
St John's Church, Waterloo, London SE1 8TY

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The wonderfully sonorous sound of a section of Monteverdi's groundbreaking 8th book of Madrigals precedes Mahler's mammoth 6th symphony. Nicknamed 'The Tragic' it contains a large orchestral 'hammer' which is supposed to represent the 'hammer of fate'. Certainly the end of the piece is dark, and it has even been described as "the first nihilistic work in the history of music". Yet there are sections of enormous joy: as often with Mahler one is taken through a vast gamut of emotions! According to Tom Service it is "the most surreal, sonically imaginative and emotionally disturbing [symphony] of them all."
 
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
 
Monteverdi  Hor ch'el ciel e la terra
Mahler  Symphony No.6
 
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