May-June 2015: Violin Duos & Ballet debut in China //
Retorica Violin Duo are touring China in May 2015 performing Gabriel’s Violin Duo No1 (which they commissioned in 2014) at their recitals in 7 major concert halls around China // AND // Richmond Ballet are reprising ‘Swipe’ by Val Caniparoli which uses music from Gabriel’s String Quartets + Remixes for their 5 date tour of China.
RETORICA TOUR OF CHINA
22 May Dalian Theatre, Dalian
23 May Shandong Grand Theatre, Jinan
24 May Shanghai Daning Theatre, Shanghai
26 May Chateau Star River Conference Center, Taiyuan
29 May Jinchang Grand Theatre, Jinchang
31 May Nanjing Culture and Art Centre, Nanjing
1 Jun Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin
RICHMOND BALLET CHINA TOUR 17 May – 1 June 2015
– National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
– Dezhou Grand Theatre
– Shenghui Grand Theatre, Jina
– Shanghai Grand Theatre
BAYADERE – The Ninth Life /// SOLD-OUT at Royal Opera House
Gabriel’s new collaboration with celebrated choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is on at the Linbury Theatre @ the Royal Opera House: for 4 nights: 25-28th March 2015. SOLD OUT, but returns available. Then it goes on tour, returning to London on 6th May 2015 @ Watford Palace Theatre. Bayadère – The Ninth Life, is Shobana Jeyasingh’s thought-provoking, personal response to the classic 19th century ballet: La Bayadère. Gabriel Prokofiev’s electroacoustic music was created by processing & re-composing recordings of the Minkus score from the original ballet, punctuated by the text of 19th century dance critic Théophile Gaultier (read by Ben Lloyd-Hughes) & piano, strings + percussion. A brilliant insight article about the work can be found on the Royal Opera House website click-here.
NEW ALBUM // OUT AUGUST 2014 //
// GABRIEL PROKOFIEV
Selected Classical Works 2003-2012
Featuring: The Elysian Quartet // The Heritage Orchestra & DJ Yoda // Peter Gregson // Powerplant // GéNIA
The album, released as part of the year long celebrations marking Nonclassical’s 10th anniversary, includes the complete recordings of Gabriel Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.1 and String Quartet No. 2 performed by the Elysian Quartet as well as all four movements of Cello Multitracks performed by Peter Gregson. Gabriel has also chosen two movements from Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra performed by The Heritage Orchestra ft. DJ Yoda (ii Adagietto ‘Irreguluv’-75BPM // iii Largo Pesante-Allegro-Largo ‘Malmo’-62/125BPM), a selection of four pieces taken from Piano Book No.1 as performed by GéNIA (Clock Watt // Entrance // Rockaby // Black Sauce) and finishing with Voyage II Engine Multiplier taken from Import/Export performed by Powerplant.
The front cover of the CD shows the composer at the window of the building in London where he has composed all of the works on this album and where he has based his recording studio for the last 12 years.
AVAILABLE on CD & download DIRECT from NONCLASSICAL RECORDINGS:
And from itunes, and all decent record shops.
G Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1 ‘1914’
WORLD PREMIER & TOURING with soloist: Daniel Hope
// 31 Aug 2014 //
World premier from BBC Proms – broadcast on BBC4 TV –
Violin: Daniel Hope // Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia / Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
// 13 Sept 2014 // Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow – info/tickets
// 15 September // Tyumen- Tyumen Philharmonic concert hall
// 16 September // Chelyabinsk- Glinka Theatre of Opera and Ballet
// 22 October 2014 //
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, Luxembourg
VIOLIN CONCERTO REVIEWS:
Several very positive reviews of world premier of G Prokofiev Violin Concerto ‘1914’, performed by Daniel Hope & Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under conductor Sascha Goetzel at the BBC proms 29th July 2014:
THE TIMES (4 Stars): “…the sheer dislocating bitterness of the writing, both for Daniel Hope, the superb soloist, and for the orchestra…it’s the best thing Gabriel Prokofiev has written.”
THE INDEPENDENT (4 Stars): “the programme for this work is indeed specific, including savagery, shell-shock, and sardonic imperial marches: the rationale is pure Shostakovich, though more literal. Daniel Hope, the instigator of this work, played its stratospherically high solo part with flawless accuracy.”
THE GUARDIAN (4 Stars): “One work, however, stood apart. Daniel Hope was the soloist in the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 “1914” – an ambitious depiction of Europe’s descent into war. It contained some startling effects. The BIPO sounded good in it, and Hope impressed by playing atrociously difficult music from memory.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (4 Stars) calls the whole concert “Superbly rich”, writing of the Prokofiev, that “it created an extraordinary atmosphere, at once sombre, tender and surreal”.