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Saturday 11 May, 4.30pm
St John's Smith Square

Pavlo Beznosiuk and Friends
Pavlo Beznosuik
Mark Levy
Reiko Ichise
Paula Chateauneuf
James Johnstone


violin
bass viol
bass viol
theorbo
organ

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Buy a ticket for both concerts on 11 May and get a free glass of wine

Seasons Double Bill (Take 1): Christopher Simpson

Pavlo Beznosiuk

In the first part of a unique Double Bill, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Friends present The Seasons, a set of elegant fantasia-suites by one of the most respected English composers of the 17th century, Christopher Simpson, 'precious among good and knowing Men for his exemplary life and excellent skill'. The concert also includes a 'Cuccu' scherzo by Johann Jakob Walther.

'Pavlo Beznosiuk is the consummate virtuoso.'
Musica Antiqua

Tickets £15 (unreserved)
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Saturday 11 May, 6.15pm
St John's Smith Square

The Lufthansa Lecture | Richard Mabey

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Music of This Sphere

Richard Mabey

Author of Flora Britannica, Whistling in the Dark (In Pursuit of the Nightingale), Nature Cure and an award-winning biography of 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White, Richard Mabey has been hailed as one of the most important and inspiring nature writers of our time. In the fifth annual Lufthansa Lecture, he explores the relationship between natural science and music in the Age of Enlightenment.

'Britain's greatest living nature writer.'
Musica Antiqua

Tickets Free ticketed event
Tickets for this event cannot be booked online.  To book you must call the Box Office on 020 7222 1061
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Saturday 11 May, 7.45pm
St John's Smith Square

IMAGINARIUM Ensemble
Enrico Onofri
Catherine Bott


violin & director
reader

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 Listen to an excerpt of Enrico Onofri performing Vivaldi's Sonata op.2-3 in D minor (2m 01s):

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Seasons Double Bill (Take 2): 'The Four Seasons' come home!

Enrico Onofri

Anon.
Janequin
Merula
Uccellini
Uccellini
Biber
Vivaldi

Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo
Le chant des oyseaulx
La Lusignola
Sinfonia boscareccia 'L'Arcadica'
L'Emenfrodito
Sonata representativa
The Four Seasons

Undoubtedly the most famous and popular works of the entire Baroque period, The Four Seasons come to the Lufthansa Festival for the first time for over 20 years. Imaginarium's appearance with inspirational director Enrico Onofri at the 2010 Festival was selected by The Daily Telegraph as its classical concert of the year, and they return to set Vivaldi's familiar concertos in the context of nature-themed music from the century before.

'Onofri is spellbinding.'
Gramophone

Tickets £34, £25, £18, £15
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Watch Enrico Onofri performing "Summer" 2nd movement from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Read a recent article by Andrew Mellor on the Sinfini Music website analysing the secret of the success of The Four Seasons, and explaining why this now-familiar music was so radical for its time.


Also on this day:

2.00pm Festival Tour - Garden Museum Find out more