City Of London Festival 2012

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In a concert recorded at the church of St Andrew's Holborn during the City of London Festival 2012, pianist and former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Igor Levit performs two contrasting Beethoven sonatas: the gentle and intimate Op 14 No 2, and the monumental Op 106, known as the 'Hammerklavier'

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in G, Op 14 No 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in B flat, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Igor Levit (piano).

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The fifth of eight concerts featuring Radio 3 New Generation Artists at the 2012 City of London Festival. In 'A Postcard from America's East Coast', the Escher String Quartet play Bartok's Third Quartet, a somewhat serious take on Yankee Doodle by Anton Zemlinsky, and Dvorak's famous 'American' Quartet, written during his time as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Bartok: String Quartet No 3

Zemlinsky: Yankee Doodle (movement for string quartet)

Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 (American)

Escher String Quartet.

From the City of London Festival, the Escher Quartet play Bartok, Zemlinsky and Dvorak.

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The sixth of eight concerts featuring Radio 3 New Generation Artists at the 2012 City of London Festival. In 'A Postcard from Leipzig', pianist Christian Ihle Hadland plays works by Mendelssohn and Schumann (who lived and worked in the city), Grieg and Halfdan Kjerulf (who studied there), and Chopin (who visited).

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Chopin: Impromptu in A flat major Op 29

Grieg: Agitato EG 106

Halfdan Kjerulf: Three Piano Pieces Op 4

Mendelssohn: Six Songs without Words Op 19b

Grieg: Four Piano Pieces Op 1

Schumann: Arabesque in C major Op 18

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano).

Pianist Christian Ihle Hadland plays Chopin, Grieg, Kjerulf, Mendelssohn and Schumann.

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Violinist Alexandra Soumm in works by Tartini, Milstein, Gluck, Saint-Saens and Schumann.

The seventh of eight concerts featuring Radio 3 New Generation Artists at the 2012 City of London Festival. In 'A Postcard from Purgatory', violinist Alexandra Soumm is joined by pianist Aimo Pagin in Tartini's notorious 'Devil's Trill' Sonata (prompted by a diabolical dream), a work by Nathan Milstein inspired by the famous 19th-century virtuoso Paganini (who was rumoured to have acquired his skills with devilish help), Gluck's serene Elysian 'Melodie' from his opera Orphee et Euridice, Saint-Saens's Danse macabre and an arrangement of Schubert's famous song Erlkonig.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor (Devil's Trill)

Milstein: Paganiniana

Gluck: Mélodie (from Orphée et Eurydice)

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre

Schubert (arr. Ernst): Erlkönig

Alexandra Soumm (violin)

Aimo Pagin (piano).

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The last of eight concerts featuring Radio 3 New Generation Artists at the 2012 City of London Festival. In 'A Postcard from Home', mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston is joined by pianist Alisdair Hogarth in English songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock, and the world premiere of Beowulf by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Vaughan Williams: Four Last Songs

Warlock: The Frostbound Wood; Sleep

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Beowulf (World première) - commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo soprano)

Alisdair Hogarth (piano).

Jennifer Johnston sings songs by Vaughan Williams, Warlock and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.