London’s Southbank Centre has announced highlights of an ambitious, year-long festival of 20th-century music. ‘The Rest Is Noise’, named after the book by Alex Ross, features 93 concerts and over 100 related events, tracing the music of the century chronologically.
Among the performances in the first half of 2013 are the Sibelius Violin Concerto, played by Henning Kraggerud; Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, performed by Frank Peter Zimmermann; and both Prokofiev violin concertos, no.1 played by Leila Josefowicz and no.2 by Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
The Emerson Quartet is set to perform Bartók’s Third Quartet and Janá?ek’s String Quartet no.2 ‘Intimate Letters’. Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon feature in a performance of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, and there is also a performance of Schoenberg’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra.