BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts 2, 9, 16 & 23 February - All broadcast on BBC Radio 3The Nash Ensemble presents the Brahms Plus series at LSO St Luke’s on each Thursday in February at 1pm and each concert will be recorded for later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The series presents some of Brahms’ great chamber works coupled with music by four composers who were an influence on, or were influenced by, Brahms – Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss. Brahms Plus sits within Echoes of Romanticism, the Nash’s over-arching focus for its 2011/12 season at Wigmore Hall.
The Nash Ensemble is Britain’s leading chamber ensemble, acclaimed for adventurous programming and virtuoso performances. It has been Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Wigmore Hall since the 2009/10 season. This will be its first week-long residency at LSO St Luke’s.
2011/12 is the most ambitious BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert season at LSO St Luke’s to date. During September, October and November, over 12 recitals with six world-ranking pianists performed a complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, which was received to outstanding acclaim. March 2012 sees violinist Nicola Benedetti curating a series of four concerts in which she features as both soloist and chamber musician, performing alongside some of her closest musical colleagues, and in May 2012, pianist Cédric Tiberghien, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, violinist Isabelle Faust and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani perform solo recitals of music by JS Bach.