RNS: Aus Wien-Vienna in my Heart
Maria Włoszczowska director/violin
Alasdair Beatson piano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.10 in b minor
Strauss Serenade for Winds, op.7
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien
Brahms Liebesliederwalzer (extracts)
Webern Langsamer Satz
Schubert/Liszt Wanderer Fantasy
For the great composers of the 19th and early 20th century Vienna was the city of dreams – the place where music breathed most freely, and partied most wildly!
During lockdown, Sage Gateshead chamber music pianist in residence Alasdair Beatson recorded an acclaimed solo piano album in Sage One – Aus Wien, on the Pentatone label – which explores these fascinating and varied musical connections.
So as a culmination of Alasdair’s association with the orchestra, he joined RNS leader Maria Włoszczowska in creating a musical weekend which embodies the spirit of a city and its continuing musical influence.
In our Friday orchestral concert, youthful masterpieces by Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Webern quiver with energy and passion, inspired by Viennese models. Liszt takes the music of Schubert and gives it a flamboyant makeover. And two great musical friends, Brahms and Schumann, dance a graceful waltz through fantasy and reality: music to charm, to delight, and to seduce…
Then on Bank Holiday Monday we’re off out to explore the beautiful churches in the heart of Newcastle with our Vienna Chamber Music Trail.
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The duration of the concert is around 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
Concessions are available for:
- North East First Timers
- 17 & Under and Unemployed (in receipt of benefit)
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Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. He champions a wide repertoire with particular areas of interest: classical, early romantic and French music (especially Fauré), alongside the music of today’s composers. A prolific chamber musician, Alasdair’s colleagues include Steven Isserlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric, Gringolts and Meta4 string quartets, and the Nash Ensemble.
Two new recordings are released in Spring 2021: 3 Beethoven sonatas for violin and fortepiano with Viktoria Mullova on Onyx, and a solo piano recital Aus Wien on Pentatone. These join a discography of solo and chamber recordings on BIS, Champs Hill, Claves, Evil Penguin, Pentatone and SOMM labels. Despite the shadow of Covid, Alasdair has kept busy during 2020/21, playing several times at Wigmore Hall, recording multiple concerts for BBC Radio 3 alongside Alina Ibragimova, Aleksei Kiseliov and the Nash Ensemble, and joining Royal Northern Sinfonia as concerto soloist. Since 2019 Alasdair has been co-artistic director of the Swiss chamber music festival at Ernen.