Ensemble 360, with the passionate outpouring that is Franck’s Piano Quintet, generally assumed to have been prompted by the composer’s infatuation with one of his students at the time – probably why Franck’s wife registered her disgust for it, publicly! The work’s dedicatee Saint-Saëns, who played the piano part at its premiere, wasn’t overly keen either. Hating its never-ending modulations, he stalked off stage at the end of the performance. Proceedings are a little calmer pre-interval with the longest of Haydn’s four ‘London Trios’ for flute, violin and cello (actually written for two flutes and cello), No 3; Saint-Saëns’ late Oboe Sonata; and Mozart’s A major flute quartet, K298. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (November 26), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, given by Department of Music undergraduate students, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 27), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Aglaia Tarantino, London-based Italian pianist of much more than passing ability if she collaborates with the likes of Maxim Vengerov on a regular basis and going by a programme here of Domenico Scarlatti – three sonatas; Chopin – Andante spianto und Grande Polonaise brillante; Debussy – Deux Arabesques; and Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod after Wagner and the Paraphrase after Verdi’s Rigoletto – that’s a killer! Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 27), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Benjamin Nabarro/ Tim Horton, violin and piano, astutely programme Schumann’s ruminating, ultimately angry first Violin Sonata Op 105 with the third by Brahms, Op 108. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Friday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Gwilym Simrock/ Yuri Goloubev, British pianist and Russian double bass player who have made quite a name for themselves blending improvisatory material with jazz and classical inflection. Music in the Round in conjunction with Sheffield Jazz at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 concessions, £3 under 16s
Emma Johnson/ John Lenehan, clarinet and piano, this distinguished duo (Bradfield Festival regulars will know the latter) perform a nicely diverse programme of Weber – Variations on theme from Sylvana; Chopin – Nocturne in G minor Op 37 No 1; Brahms – Clarinet Sonata Op 120 No 1; Saint-Saëns – Clarinet Sonata Op 167; Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes; and Bernstein – Scenes from West Side Story. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s Post-concert Q&A, the artists with MitR artistic director Angus Smith See ‘Variations and Sonatas’ under FEATURES
Love and Conflict, repeat of Sheffield City Opera’s ‘Concert for our Time’ prompted by the outbreak of World War One in 1914 and largely a collection of arias, duets, ensembles and choruses from operas by Mozart, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, most of them familiar to ubiquitous. Performers include Daniel Summer, a rather busy baritone (and bass!), Becky Lambert, Fiona Constantine, Christine Ayres, Mary McCready, Karl Reiff, Gareth Lloyd, Mike Willis and Nigel Rothery, while Peter Hurst is the ‘orchestra’ encompassing a wide stylistic diversity on a piano and Robert Webb is the conductor. St Margaret’s Church, Swinton, S64 8DL, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10. 07547 230632, www.sheffieldcityopera.com or on the door. See ‘Love and Conflict’ under FEATURES
The Hallé return with the orchestra’s associate conductor Jamie Phillips and a programme of Dvořák – Symphony No 9 From the New World; Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No 3; and Kodály – Dances of Galanta, with South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim who should be in his element with the Prokofiev. Sheffield International Concert Season, City Hall, Sunday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper, in conversation, 6pm See ‘New and Old Worlds’ under FEATURES
Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala, in the company of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, its regular appearances at the venue suggesting it may be Manchester-based pick-up band. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £24, £27 0845 12 72190.
Messiah. If it is the first Monday in December it can only mean one thing, the Sheffield Bach Choir’s annual performance of Handel’s oratorio which long ago entered Sheffield folklore and has become rejuvenated in recent years under the inspiring direction of Simon Lindley. This year’s soloists are Sheffield’s former BBC Choirgirl of the Year, soprano Ella Taylor who will certainly know the building she is singing in; mezzo-soprano Alison Hudson who has Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera experience; tenor Christopher Trenholme; and bass-baritone Quentin Brown, with the National Festival Orchestra. Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students.
Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, a second helping of items from Department of Music postgraduate students, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (December 4), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Lindsay Aitkenhead/ Ian Sharpe, viola and piano. It will be amazing if at least some klezmer is not heard at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Thursday (December 4), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Tim Horton reaches the penultimate stop on his journey through Beethoven’s piano sonata cycle with performances of Op 79; Op 28, the Pastoral; and Op 108, the Hammerklavier. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Thursday (December 4), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizetti’s most popular comic opera in a revival of Laurent Pely’s hit production for the Royal Opera House from where it relayed live with British soprano of international repute Lucy Crowe, who rose to fame in the realms of ‘historically informed performance’ and is now spreading her wings with equal success, as Adina. From the land where they seem to have disappeared when once there were hundreds comes an Italian tenor of international note, Vittorio Grigolo, as Nemorino and there’s Bryn Terfel in a comic role as the quack doctor, Dulcamara! Wednesday (November 26), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Hazel Flagg, another Jule Styne musical in concert performance from the source that gave us his Subways Are For Sleeping in May, Sheffield University’s Department of Music. This one began as a technicolour screwball comedy film in 1937 - Nothing Sacred with Carole Lombard (colourful music by Oscar Levant) - and Styne’s musical appeared in 1953, running for 153 performances on Broadway before going into oblivion (it is due for an off-Broadway revival next March, actually). The following year it became a film again, Living it Up, as a vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with Hazel becoming Homer Flagg played by Lewis. Basically, small-town girl Hazel is dying from exposure to radium, then finds out she has been misdiagnosed after accepting an invitation to go to New York to do a newspaper interview. Eager to see the big city, she keeps quiet and becomes a media darling when she gets there. It is performed using the full original orchestrations with a narration in place of the script delivered by Howard Middleton (Great British Bake Off), at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, Wednesday (December 3), 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 under 26, students Pre-concert talk - the performance director Dominic McHugh, who describes Styne’s score as “dazzlingly inventive,” and music director Matthew Malone in discussion, Tuesday only, 6.30pm.
Lunchtime Singing - monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always), led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday (December 4 – Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see the respective websites of both in the ‘Who’s Doing It’ section of Classical Sheffield.