Recorded live at LSO St Luke’s every Thursday during February, Natalie Clein’s curated series for BBC Radio 3 was a resounding success bringing in record audience numbers for the lunchtime concert series at LSO St Luke’s.
Natalie and her musical colleagues explored a fascinating repertoire of instrumental music from Bach to Kodály, Ravel to Ligeti. The broadcasts this week (and catch up via the iPlayer) give an opportunity to those who could not make the concerts to listen in. Each concert can be listened to on the BBC Radio 3 website.
Natalie Clein’s first concert is broadcast on Tuesday 3 March at 1pm and the remaining three concerts will be broadcast at the same time every day this week.
Sergio Tiempo joins Natalie for the first performance, including Bach Cello Suite No.3 in C major, three preludes by Chopin and Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor. Sergio and Natalie have performed together in South America, the UK and the Netherlands.
On Wednesday 4 March at 1pm you can hear Henning Kraggerud and violist Krzysztof Chorlzelski with Natalie for Bach Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio. This trio comes together at the West Cork Music Festival to perform the same repertoire at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday 28 March. Details of Natalie’s concerts at the National Concert Hall can be found on the hall’s website.
Thursday 5 March at 1pm sees violinist Anthony Marwood and Natalie play a selection of Bach Two-Part Inventions arranged for violin and cello, Kodály duo and Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello. The duo will record together for Hyperion and have concerts together in Villa Papendorf on Thursday 9 April and at Wendover Music on Saturday 11 April.
For the final concert of this mini-series broadcast on Friday 6 March at 1pm, you can hear Natalie and Mahan Esfahani. This is a particularly varied programme including Bach Gamba Sonatas in G major and G minor, Ligeti Sonata for solo cello and three pieces from Kurtág Signs, Games and Messages.
Natalie and Mahan will also be performing together at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds on Friday 20 March in a programme of W.F., C.P.E., and J.S. Bach, Ligeti, Kurtág and Vivaldi. More details of this concert can be found on the Howard Assembly Room website.
Each lunchtime concert can be listened to after the broadcast on the BBC iPlayer.
Combined with her busy chamber schedule throughout February, Natalie also toured with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra performing Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 and Beethoven Triple Concerto with Freddy Kempf and Alexander Sitkovetsky.
Martin Kershaw from the Herald Scotland writes “featured soloist Natalie Clein worked wonders to boost energy levels before the interval with a virtuosic, highly expressive rendition of the Saint-Saëns”.