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Carl Davis conducts a live screening of two classics from the silent era

Sunday 4 Mar, 7.30pm Royal Festival Hall

Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era.

A night at the opera sets in motion a tale of espionage and romance in The Mysterious Lady. Greta Garbo, the lady of the title, is Tania Fedorova, a Russian spy who falls for an Austrian soldier. When the secret military plans he is carrying are stolen he suspects her – can she convince him that she really loves him?

Less than ten minutes of The Divine Woman survive – a single reel was unearthed in a Russian archive in 1993. Garbo plays Marianne, a young actress in 1860s Paris who must choose between the love of a young soldier and the attentions of a wealthy impresario. This concert is part of the Philharmonia at the Movies series

Joseph Moog piano

Haydn, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt

Joseph Moog, born in 1987, has been described as ‘a treasure hunter with supernatural technical abilities’. Dazzling virtuosity and multi-hued colours are woven into the works in the German pianist’s uplifting recital, delivering the ideal antidote to late winter gloom.

Sunday 25 February Wigmore Hall 11.30am

Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey

‘My heartfelt homage to Tchaikovsky’s wonderful talent’: audiences in the 1920s were astonished when the modernist firebrand Stravinsky started adapting Tchaikovsky (tonight hear his arrangements of ‘Variation d’Aurore’ and ‘Bluebird pas-de-deux’ from Sleeping Beauty). In fact, Stravinsky adored him, and his ballet The Fairy’s Kiss transforms Tchaikovsky’s music into something that magically fuses the spirit of both composers. And what better homage to the composer that Stravinsky revered so much than a performance of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping First Piano Concerto, performed tonight by the incomparable Daniil Trifonov – himself a Tchaikovsky Competition winner. According to The Guardian, ‘Trifonov’s combination of delicacy and fire leaves an indelible impression’ in this hugely popular Concerto.

17 March Royal Festival Hall

Stephen Hough, piano

St George's Hall Concert Room

Saturday 9 June 2018 7:30pm

As part of his Liverpool residency, Stephen Hough presents a specially-devised solo recital that explores every side of his artistic personality: thinker, communicator and supreme virtuoso. There’s Beethoven, of course: the great ‘Appassionata’ sonata. But there’s Debussy too – in Hough’s own words, “a romantic, an individual who expresses emotion. But he’s looking to modernize”. Expect performances of unique insight from one of the few living musicians to have been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

Stephen Hough’s steady ascent to the summit of his profession exhibits equally supreme mastery of his instrument and the deep humanity from which it has flowered.
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