Our Essential Guide to Wigmore Hall, Winter 2016
General booking's open for Wigmore Hall's latest batch of concerts. Here are our highlights
General booking is now open. Tickets can be booked on the Wigmore Hall website, via telephone on 020 7935 2141, or in person at the venue.
James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong (10 Jan 2016)
The outstanding contemporary American violinist and pianist Andrew Armstrong continue their rhapsodically received Bartok series with a pair of virtuoso showpieces and folk-inspired delights. Fiendishly complex but gorgeously expressive, Bartok’s music opens the violin up to a thrilling range of possibilities.
Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis (22 Jan 2016)
Tenor Mark Padmore (St Matthew Passion) has more power in restraint than many others have in full flow. For his winter Wigmore Hall appearance, he and pianist Paul Lewis introduce their audience to the romantic lieder repertoire, with Schubert, Schumann’s Liederkreis, Brahms and Wolf’s Goethe-Lieder.
Magdalena Kozena, Simon Rattle and Friends (29 Jan 2016)
If you book one concert for January, this should be the one. The dazzling mezzo Magdalena Kozena (Carmen) is inducement enough, but for one spectacular evening she will be joined by her husband Sir Simon Rattle, making his Wigmore Hall concert debut at the keys. To mark the occasion, they will play works from no less than seven composers.
Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien (30 Jan 2016)
A bright star of the BBC Proms 2015, Alina Ibragimova has carved out a place as one of our finest young musicians. This season, she and regular duo partner Cedric Tiberghien will conclude their survey of Mozart’s violin sonatas with a wide-ranging programme encompassing the great composer’s entire career.
Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber (4 Feb 2016)
Baritone Christian Gerhaher (Melancholie) is nothing short of a sensation. When he appears in opera, the rest of the cast are often outshone; his every recital draws ecstatic plaudits. For his next Wigmore Hall 2015-16 appearance, he and pianist Gerold Huber will investigate the link between Schubert and Goethe, before looking at some modern reinterpretations of the great romantic writer.
Ian Bostridge and Graham Johnson (16 Feb 2016)
Ian Bostridge (Winterreise) needs no introduction, and nor should pianist Graham Johnson. His Schubert lieder recordings are often definite, with scholarly liner notes that show a rare musical and intellectual understanding. What a treat, then, that the pair will once again reunite to perform twenty-three of Schubert’s songs.
Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk (29 Feb 2016)
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is already a national treasure, and in Alexei Grynyuk she has found her perfect accompanist. For their February afternoon appearance, they will perform two of the greatest of all violin sonatas – Beethoven’s 10th and Brahms’ 2nd. There can be few better lunchtime feasts.
Magdalena Kozena, Andrea Marcon and La Cetra (8 March 2016)
Andrea Marcon and La Cetra produce some of the finest baroque performances in the world. As part of her residency, glittering mezzo Magdalena Kozena will join them for an eclectic evening that spans everything from Monteverdi’s madrigals to Berio’s experimental Sequenza III.