Natalie Clein’s musical journey at LSO St Luke’s begins today at lunchtime as she performs Bach, Chopin and Shostakovich with pianist Sergio Tiempo. In a series of four concerts which she curates for BBC Radio 3, Natalie will explore a fascinating repertoire of instrumental music from Bach to Kodály, Ravel to Ligeti.
The first performance, which includes Bach’s Cello Suite No.3 in C major, three preludes by Chopin and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D minor, opens the series with great flair. As Sergio and Natalie have recently performed in the UK and the Netherlands, their musical ideas have helped them develop into an incredibly exciting partnership.
Violinist Henning Kraggerud and violist Krzysztof Chorlzelski will join Natalie for next Thursday’s concert in which they will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio.
The following Thursday will introduce violinist Anthony Marwood. The duo will play a selection of Bach’s Two-Part Inventions arranged for violin and cello, Kodály’s duo and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.
For the final concert of this mini-series, Natalie will be joined by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. In a particularly varied programme which includes Bach’s Gamba Sonatas in G Major and g minor, Ligeti’s Sonata for solo Cello and three pieces from Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages, the duo will complete Natalie’s series for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St Luke’s on a special note.
All four of Natalie’s Thursday lunchtime concerts throughout February begin at 1pm in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s. For more information about these concerts, please visit the LSO website.
This February Natalie will also be joining the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra to perform Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Freddy Kempf and Alexander Sitkovetsky. Conducted by Alexander Dmitriev and Vladimir Altschuler, Natalie and the orchestra will perform at London’s Cadogan Hall, Carlisle’s Sands Centre, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. This coincides with Natalie’s release of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze earlier this season. This recording received a number of glowing reviews which can be read here.