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A full blast of Beethoven

THE Sage Gateshead launches its third classical season next month, with an all-Beethoven concert.

THE Sage Gateshead launches its third classical season next month, with an all-Beethoven concert.

Thomas Zehetmair will conduct the Northern Sinfonia on Friday, September 28, opening with the Coriolan Overture, followed by the Piano Concerto No.4 – with popular soloist Paul Lewis – and ending with the Fifth Symphony.

Two of Britain’s most respected recitalists, the tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake, are in Hall One on Friday, November 2, for a concert of Schubert songs.

Imogen Cooper takes on the dual roles of pianist and director with the Northern Sinfonia for two Mozart piano concertos, Nos 25 and 24, on Thursday, November 8, with Sinfonia leader Bradley Creswick conducting Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane and Ravel’s Introduction et allegro. This concert will be repeated on Saturday, November 10.

Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his Sage debut on Wednesday, November 14, conducting the Northern Sinfonia in Falla’s first suite from The Three-Cornered Hat, Falla’s arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune, the suite from Rameau’s opera-ballet Les Indes galantes, and concluding with Bizet’s Symphony in C.

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who impressed Sage audiences last season with his interpretations of Shostakovich symphonies, presents another blockbuster of a symphony – Mahler’s No.6, dubbed The Tragic – with the London Symphony Orchestra on November 21.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns on November 23 to conduct the Northern Sinfonia & Chorus in four Bach works, including Violin Concerto No.2 with Bradley Creswick as soloist, as well as Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.

Zehetmair conducts the Sinfonia on November 29 in Schubert’s First Symphony, Hindemith’s Horn Concerto with Peter Francomb as soloist, and Brahms’ Second Symphony. And on December 2, Zehetmair conducts Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony.

The Opera North orchestra pay a visit on December 7 under the baton of Richard Farnes to perform Schoenberg’s 1949 pared-down version of Five Pieces for Orchestra and Mahler’s sublime Song of the Earth.

For full details of The Sage’s classical conscription series, call (0191) 443 4661.

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