The season begins with the Schubert Ensemble who played ‘The Trout’ at their debut concert in 1983, and will play that great work for us. Their programme also includes a recently discovered piano quintet by Vaughan Williams and a work by Piers Hellawell commissioned by the Ensemble.
Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C minor
Hellawell Piano Quintet ‘Weaver of Grass’
Schubert Piano Quintet in A, Op. 114 D667 ‘The Trout’
The outstanding Dante Quartet are the Ensemble in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music. They were recently joined by Bernard Gregor Smith, the cellist of The Lindsays who members will have heard at Music in the Round concerts in Sheffield and when they played for us. The Dante’s concert includes Verdi’s only entry into the string quartet repertoire.
Haydn Quartet in D, Op. 64 No. 5 ‘The Lark’
Verdi Quartet in E minor
Schubert Quartet in G, Op. 161 D887
Another Sheffield musician, the pianist Benjamin Frith who also appears regularly at the Crucible, plays with the Gould Piano Trio. Led by Lucy Gould and with cellist Alice Neary, their programme will include the Beethoven Archduke Trio.
Martin Trio on Irish melodies
Beethoven Trio in B flat, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’
Something different in March – an evening with O Duo, two young percussionists who graduated from the Royal College in 2003 with first class honours and are now Junior Fellows of the College. They play classics and accessible modern music on two marimbas, a vibraphone and an array of percussion.
Ravel Alborada del Gracioso
Chopin Fantasie Impromptu
Miki Marimba Spiritual
Ronald Brautigam, who ends our season, is one of the world’s foremost fortepiano players, both in solo recitals and with major orchestras. His instrument has leather covered hammers and harpsichord like strings and we will hear sonatas sound very much as they did when they were first played. Ronald has had a long love affair with the Peak District – he comes here regularly for summer holidays.
Mozart Sonata No. 15 in F KV533+494
Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’
Haydn Sonata No. 62 in E flat, Hob. XV1/52 ‘London’
Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’