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John Suchet presents an evening devoted to exploring the glorious waltzes, polkas and marches of the Strauss family

Tuesday 10 October 2017

David Murphy conducts Sinfonia Verdi in these Viennese favourites with vocal improvisations from Hindustani Classical Vocalist Meeta Pandit

Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm, Cadogan Hall

Few families have had such emotionally charged, dramatic and tumultuous lives as the Strauss family. In the hands of John Suchet these are brought to life with verve, humour and passion as he narrates the stories behind their most loved masterpieces.

Suchet is one of the UK’s favourite personalities, famed for his television work, his Classic FM programme and his many books that have introduced millions to the world of classical music. His love and knowledge of the Viennese classics is evident in his best-selling book ‘The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna.’

The Reflected series of concerts will bring together John Suchet and David Murphy in examining the live and work of great composers. For this inaugural concert, the Bagri Foundation have invited two prominent musicians from the Indian sub-continent, vocalist Meeta Pandit and tabla player Hiren Chate, to share the stage with the orchestra so that they can give improvised responses to what they’ve just heard. Such dialogue between them and the orchestra gives audiences a unique opportunity to hear such familiar music refracted through the prism of Indian music thus giving them an appreciation of the emotions and beauty of Indian musicianship.

Commented John Suchet:

“The music of the Strauss family has universal appeal. Their waltzes, polkas and marches are known the world over. To be combining their music with the traditions of Indian classical music is an entirely new experience for me, and a truly exciting one. I am sure the Strausses themselves would be thrilled to see their music so universally loved.”

David Murphy said:

“I’m so excited to be conducting this concert! The great traditions of Indian and Western music flow from the same source – pure, beautiful sound. This performance unites the sublime music of the Strauss family with a dramatic unfolding of their lives and inner worlds through John Suchet’s masterful storytelling and Meeta Pandit’s inspirational improvisations. We are so grateful to the Bagri Foundation for inspiring and making possible this very special evening.”

Dr Alka Bagri, Trustee of the Bagri Foundation said:

“The Bagri Foundation is delighted to present this unique concert, which celebrates the classical musical traditions of India and the West in this year of UK-India cultural exchange. We wanted to bring to life the fascinating emotional journey of the Strauss family and provide a context for understanding their music. We hope to captivate audiences in this special evening; as Sinfonia Verdi perform some of the Strauss dynasty’s most famous scores, Meeta will reflect the composers’ inner turmoil as described by the charming John Suchet.”

The Bagri Foundation’s most recent venture with David Murphy was the co-production with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera House and The Curve in presenting the first ever performances of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya which received incredible reviews and sold-out audiences on its UK tour earlier this year.

For further information please contact Simon Millward at Albion Media, simon@albion-media.com, 07990-507-310.


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