The season is launched with a visit by The Ludwig String Trio, three of today’s finest chamber musicians who enjoy performing some of the most popular string repertoire. Peter Cropper, the violinist of the Trio, is very familiar to our Society having played for us with the Sheffield based Lindsay String Quartet which he led for over thirty years. Peter was until recently the Artistic Director of Music in the Round, also based in Sheffield.
Beethoven Serenade in D, Op.8
Beethoven Trio, Op.9 No.1
Mozart Divertimento in E flat, K563
The London Bridge Ensemble comes with an unusual grouping of players – a singer joins string players and a pianist The Ensemble’s name represents its special ability to bring together different musical genres and styles from the fields of both chamber music and song. But it also is a reference to the composer Frank Bridge whose works the group have recorded to critical acclaim. In 2008, the Ensemble presented a new festival in Winchester, the home town of its cellist Kate Gould.
Schubert Trio in B flat D471
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte (voice and piano)
Martinů Three madrigals for violin and viola
Duparc Collection of songs
Schumann Piano quartet in E♭, Op.47
From mainstream Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen and Tippett, Steven Osborne is at home with the widest range of styles and his carefully crafted recital programmes and approach to contrasting works are critically acclaimed. A recent recording of four Beethoven sonatas was highly praised. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues, making his debut in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2005.
Beethoven 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
Beethoven Fantasie, Op. 77
Beethoven 11 Bagatelles, Op.119
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No.2 in B♭ minor
Widely known for its energy, creativity and integrity of interpretation, the Sacconi Quartet continues to perform with its founder members. They will celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2011 when they play for us. In 2005 the Quartet were awarded 1st Prize in the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition, and the following year were triple prize-winners at the London International String Quartet Competition. They won the Kurtág Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
Mozart String Quartet No.10 in F, K590
Janaček String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’
Beethoven String Quartet, Op.59 No.3 ‘Rasumovsky’
Floriregium, an early music ensemble based in London, bring Haydn symphonies to the Cavendish Hall in arrangements for flute, four strings and fortepiano. Following a performance at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Times newspaper wrote: Florilegium climbed the heights of dancing bliss and left the Wigmore sighing with pleasure. They have become an indispensable feature on the early music landscape. Since September 2008 Florilegium have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music.
Haydn Surprise Symphony
Mozart Flute Quartet in D K285
Haydn Flute Trio in G Op.38 No.2
Haydn Clock Symphony