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Format: 2017-04-25
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    4 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    Sir András Schiff
    Sir András Schiff
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    After his sold-out debut last season, Saffron Hall is thrilled to welcome back Sir András Schiff. He performs a varied and rich programme exploring the expressive possibilities of the keyboard to the utmost, from intricate polyphony, via song-like lyricism, to percussive brutality. Bach’s early Capriccio, written as a farewell gift, is a delightful suite which includes a playful fugue based on the blast of a coachman’s horn. Schumann’sFantasie, a substantial three-movement outpouring of love and anguish, also reflects a parting – in this case between the composer and his beloved Clara. In between these works, Schiff offers Janácek’s impressionistic cycle In the mists, and spiky rhythmic brilliance from Bartók.

    Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    6 Dances in Bulgarian rhythm from Mikrokosmos Book 6
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    4 duets for keyboard
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    In the mists
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Fantasie in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    26 April 2017 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra - In a strange land
    Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

    This well-known verse from Psalm 137, a hymn of captivity and longing for homeland and religious freedom, gives this programme its title and its theme. In a strange land explores man’s search for heaven and earth in the Old and the New World in the turbulence of the 16th and 17th centuries. There is music of religious conflict and of discovery from England, France, Holland, Spain – and from Mexico and Bolivia, the world of the Aztecs and Incas.

    The programme includes William Byrd’s exquisite Mass for 4 Voices alongside gems by Gesualdo, Lobo, Tallis and Victoria, the lilting syncopation of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla’s Missa Ego flos campi, and rhythmically-arresting music from the Latin American Baroque, full of evocative, indigenous imagery.

    Part of Choral at Cadogan 2016-17

    Estans assis aux rives aquatiques
    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    Mass for 4 voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Thule, the period of Cosmography
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    When David heard
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Why fum'th in fight from Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    If ye love me
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    O clap your hands together
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Hanac pachap cussicuinin
    Anonymous ()
    Super Flumina Babylonis
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Missa Ego Flos Campi
    Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c1590-1664)
    Polorum regina
    Anonymous ()
    Xicochi, xicochi conetzintle
    Gaspar Fernández (c.1565-1629)
    Capac eterno Dios
    Anonymous ()
    Hoy es día de placer
    Tomas Pascual (1595-1635)
    Versa est in luctum
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Sancta Maria e!
    Francisco Hernández (1517-1587)
    Convidando está la noche
    Juan García de Zéspedes (c1619–1678)
    Dulce Jesus Mio
    Anonymous ()
    Pavane 'Belle qui tiens ma vie' from Orchésographie
    Thoinot Arbeau (1519-1595)
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    29 April 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé with Sir Mark Elder and Julian Bliss
    Julian Bliss, Sir Mark Elder, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Elgar’s highly original take on the Baroque concerto grosso was written for the newly-formed London Symphony Orchestra in 1905. The Introduction and Allegro tests every sinew of its string players’ technique, culminating in what Elgar described as a ‘devil of a fugue.’ Another virtuosic challenge is posed by Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto, symphonic in scale and lyrical, even operatic, in style. We’re delighted to welcome back Julian Bliss, Britain’s most exciting clarinettist, for this enthralling Romantic masterpiece.

    Apart from being the leading Elgarian of his day, Sir Mark Elder is a brilliant interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music, and his performances of the composer’s most popular symphony have been a revelation. Considered to be very progressive when first performed – dangerously so in the opinion of some critics – the Fifth continues Tchaikovsky’s preoccupation with fate and deploys his peerless melodic gifts to stunning effect in a heartfelt slow movement, one of his greatest waltzes and an unstoppable marching finale.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Sir Mark Elder in conversation

    After: hours
    20 minutes after the main performance; free admission to Hallé ticket holders. £4 for non-ticket holders

    Julian Bliss and the King of Swing - a chance to hear a very different side of Julian Bliss as he performs the music of Benny Goodman with his septet.

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No 2 in E flat
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    4 May 2017 - 7:00pm
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    London’s convention-defying orchestra makes an eagerly-anticipated return to Nottingham with this evening of J S Bach’s best-loved orchestral works. Acclaimed in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mahler, the OAE makes a virtue of confounding expectations, has no single music director and delights audiences everywhere with the freshness and freedom of its performances.

    This concert showcases the OAE’s many great soloists with a rare performance of all of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721, as a token of the composer’s respect, the six concertos were selected by Bach’s from his best examples of the form. Using the widest range of instruments available, in often daring combinations, they make great demands of their soloists, as any French horn player will tell you! That hasn’t stopped them from becoming some of the most popular and most recorded pieces in the repertoire, their vitality and agility a common thread running through, from the trilling brilliance of the trumpet in the 2nd Concerto to the rich interweaving of violas, violas de gambas and cello in the 6th.

    Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    27 April 2017 - 7:45pm
    Zephyr Duo (flute and harp)
    Ruth Molins, Sally Jenkins, Zephyr Duo
    The Gateway in Seaton Town Hall Seaton EX12 2LD
    United Kingdom

    For this concert which follows on from our Annual General Meeting (which is always commendably brief!), we are pleased to welcome the excellent local duo, Zephyr.

    Ruth Molins was born in Exeter. She passed grade 8 flute and piano both with distinction in her mid-teens, and began her flute teaching career at 17 when she became Director of East Devon Youth Flute Choir. Reading Music and English Literature at Cardiff University and studying flute with Susan Buckland, Ruth developed her love of language, stories and music to a deeper level. She has played in masterclasses with Anna Noakes, Jonathan Snowden and Michael Cox; in an orchestral flute workshop with Alison Mitchell; and post-university she developed her flute playing further with Susie Hodder-Williams.

    Ruth has played in many settings throughout the South West: orchestral (Exeter Symphony Orchestra, Classics Galore Symphony Orchestra, Classical Cafe orchestra, Budleigh Festival Orchestra), chamber (Exeter Bach Society, Dawlish Arts Festival, Lympstone Entertainments, Exmouth Festival, Budleigh Music Festival, Wellington Choral Society and others), contemporary (Seat of the Pants Orchestra, Vibraphonic Festival ensemble, poetry reading improvisations with Norman Bowler, A Quiet Night In), jazz (trio with Jesse Molins and Al Swainger) and musical theatre (Northcott Theatre, Barnfield Theatre). Ruth performed as a soloist with the Exeter Symphony Orchestra in 2012 (Rutter's Suite Antique) and again in 2015 (Mozart's Concerto in C for flute and harp).

    Current musical collaborations are with Alex Wilson (piano), Sally Jenkins (harp) and the flute trio ‘Flute Cake’ (with Sophie Brewer and Jennifer Campbell). Ruth teaches flute and piano privately and within three schools and for the last 4 years she has tutored on the ‘Blue Sky Chamber Music’ summer course. Every day, through her teaching, practice and performance, Ruth searches for the best ways to develop and share her love of music and of the flute.

    Sally Jenkins is an experienced pedal and early triple harpist, and has also presented lecture-recitals on the history of the instrument (including to the Royal Musicological Society). Performing at numerous important venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, her musical skills were developed by Jeanette Bevan (Royal Ballet Orchestra), Meinir Heulyn (Welsh National Opera Orchestra) and Frances Kelly (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment).

    Naiades for flute and harp
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    L’aube enchantée, for flute and harp
    Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)
    Serenade No 10, for flute and harp
    Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
    Fantasie for flute and piano
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
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    26 April 2017 - 7:30pm
    Endellion String Quartet
    Andrew Watkinson, David Waterman, Endellion String Quartet, Garfield Jackson, Laura van der Heijden, Ralph de Souza
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Unusually, in the fourth of Beethoven's Op 18 quartets the slow movement (or perhaps less fast one in this case!) is the least dramatic and intense. But there are those qualities aplenty in the rest of the piece! And Janácek’s second quartet ‘Intimate Letters’ could hardly be more of a frenzied outpouring! We are delighted that Laura van der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2012 and a student at Cambridge University), will be joining us for Arensky's moving tribute to Tchaikovsky.

    Endellion Quartet:

    "There's always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you're listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing" Gramophone Magazine

    "The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone". – New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

    This concert is one of a series of six by Endellion String Quartet. The remaining concert in the series is on Wednesday, 24 May when the Quartet will be joined by guest cellist, Guy Johnston.

    The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. Three of its original founding members continue to play in the quartet, now in its 38th season. Ralph de Souza joined them thirty years ago in 1986. In 2013 Gramophone stated 'There’s always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you’re listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.'

    In Britain, the Endellion has appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and has broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. It has appeared at the Proms and been featured in the week-long programmes 'Artist of the Week' and 'Artists in Focus'. Its presence in London has been marked for many years by an annual series at Wigmore Hall and also by appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall where the quartet members were Artistic Directors of several 'Quartet Plus' series. The Endellion also continues its prestigious Residency at Cambridge University which began in 1991, gives a regular Spring series at The Venue Leeds and will soon begin a new series at Balliol College, Oxford. It has worked with guest artists including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas Allen, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Benjamin Grosvenor, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Tabea Zimmermann.

    The quartet's international schedule includes regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, Middle East, South Africa and Western Europe. Everywhere, the Endellion String Quartet 'sets the audience ablaze' (Daily Telegraph) and 'captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy’. (Guardian)

    After the Endellion performed a Beethoven Cycle at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Strad Magazine marvelled over "the trust and risk-taking that comes from years of playing together — [it] was a true delight". Other recent and future highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, International Festival of Music in Tarragona, Montreal's Pollack Hall, a tour of Mexico including a performance at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, a fortnight of concerts and teaching in China and Taiwan, and the Endellion's first concert in Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow.

    The quartet has also undertaken three short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and coached for McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal. From 2001 to 2010 it was Associate Quartet of the RNCM; and 2011 saw the start of its continuing position as Visiting Quartet in Association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Released by Warner Classics in its 30th year, the Endellion's recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets and viola quintets (supported by The Stradivari Trust) included rarely heard works, movements, studies, and fragments for quartet and quintet, as well as Beethoven's complete early version of Op 18 No 1 and his remarkable quartet arrangement of his Piano Sonata Op 14 No 1. The texts used in these recordings were prepared by the notable Beethoven scholar and editor, Jonathan Del Mar, in collaboration with the quartet. The Observer commented ' … these superb musicians respond to the dark undertow so characteristic of Beethoven's quartets as much as the gentle lyricism which invariably breaks through.' The Endellion has also recorded works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorák, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Walton, Amy Beach, Barber, Foulds, Martinu, Bridge, Britten and Adès. The quartet’s Haydn recording for Warner Classics was called ‘extraordinary’ by International Record Review and its Britten disc was described as 'enormously moving' (BBC Music Magazine, 2014) and 'quartet playing at the top level' (Luister).

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians concludes that "The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone".

    The quartet won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble in 1996.

    Laura van der Heijden (guest cellist):

    “The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it.” Jane Shuttleworth, Bachtrack

    "‘The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it, and the pianissimo ending of the concerto was enchanting, ending with just the solo cello, captivating the audience …" – Bachtrack, 2012

    " … a completely extraordinary performance of incredible creative intensity …" (Nicholas Daniel. BBC Radio 3, 2012

    " … mesmerising performance of the rarely-played Walton Cello Concerto …" - Richard Morrison, The Times, 2012

    Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent. At the age of 15, Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012, performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead. In September 2014 Laura was awarded the Landgraf von Hessen Prize at the Kronberg Academy’s prestigious international masterclasses. In 2015, Laura was named Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players.

    Born in England in 1997 as the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, Laura’s musical studies started on recorder at the age of four. After learning with Marina Logie on cello, Laura had gained ABRSM grade 8 distinctions on both cello and piano by the age of ten. Laura's first public performance as a cellist was at the age of nine with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra. From 2005 to 2014 Laura was a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she learned piano with Emily Jeffrey and participated in many ensembles. Since 2008 Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov.

    During her young life Laura has already had many other prizes and awards bestowed on her. In 2010 she won 'First Prize with Distinction' and a special prize in the finale of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, which led to her performing the Boccherini Cello Concerto in G with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at Zurich Tonhalle. She was also the 2011 winner of the Marjorie Humby competition at the Royal College of Music, the 2011 Beckenham Musician of the Year and 2012 Woking Young Musician of the Year. More recently she was awarded the Director's Prize (2012) and the Esther Coleman Prize (2014) for outstanding contributions to the RCM Junior Department.

    In recent years Laura has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and with Sinfonia Cymru in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto. She also gave performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and the London Mozart Players in 2015 as part of her residency.

    Last year, after completing her A-levels, Laura spent a gap year dedicated to the cello. She made her debuts in Germany, New Zealand and Australia, with performances at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the New Zealand Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

    She also performed again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and undertook extensive recital tours in the UK. She has worked with a number of pianists including pianists Tom Poster, Alison Rhind and more recently Petr Limonov. She also performed with a trip she formed with Huw Watkins and violinist Tobias Feldmann.

    Laura was recently chosen by the Orpheum Stiftung in Switzerland, a foundation encouraging and assisting exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists. Under this umbrella she appeared in recital with Fazil Say at Zürich Tonhalle in September 2016.

    Laura is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, though will continue to perform recitals around the UK. She also makes her BBC Philharmonic Orchestra debut

    Laura plays a 1780 cello by Joseph Hill, loaned to her by the Boileau family, and is an Ambassador for both the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and Brighton Youth Orchestra.

    String Quartet No 4 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Quartet No 2, for violin, viola and 2 cellos in A minor
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
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    5 May 2017 - 7:45pm
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Alexandra Soumm, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Debussy’s groundbreaking prelude is a delicate and subtle translation into sound of a lazy summer afternoon. One of three pieces written for his friend the great violinist Sarasate,Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole is full of both seductive melodies and technical invention throughout its five movements. Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite takes tales from the Arabian Nights and dresses them in gorgeous, inventive orchestral colours to make a dramatic and satisfying work.

    "[Alexandra Soumm] captured the flamenco and tango moods of the work’s highly atmospheric and virtuosic five movements. Her violin sang with all the dark, sultry passion of a Carmen." Nottingham Post

    This concert is also available on subscription - please contact the box office for further details.

    Pre-concert talk, The Forge 6.30pm

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Symphonie espagnole
    Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    28 April 2017 - 7:30pm
    A Scandinavian Serenade with Orchestra of the Swan
    David Curtis, Orchestra of the Swan
    Number 8 Community Arts Centre Pershore WR10 1BG
    United Kingdom

    Opening with a one-movement piece written when Mendelssohn was a mere 14 years old, the programme develops to become a lyrical and intense combination of slavic nationalism and folk elements, including one of the most regularly performed and popular suites for string orchestra.

    Symphony for Strings No 10 in B minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    2 Elegiac Melodies
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    From Holberg's Time
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Serenade for Strings in E
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    26 April 2017 - 7:30pm
    Belle Chen (Piano) - Mediterranean Sounds
    Belle Chen
    Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre Clitheroe BB7 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    At first: "From the charming lyrical melodies of France to the passionate rythms of Spanish Andalucia and Catalonia: Albeniz, Debussy, de Falla, Mompou, Poulenc and Ravel."

    And after the interval: "Sounds from religious and serene Italy, homage to Balkan folklore and Turkish popular song: Bozicevic, Kalomiris, Liszt, Malipiero, Say and Scarlatti".

    Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen graduated from Royal Academy of Music in 2013. She descibes herself as a Classical/Experimental Classical pianist. She has performed programmes ranging from classical piano recitals and chamber music recitals to experimental collaborations with sound design, visual art, drama, and dance.

    Belle is piano soloist for the prestigious Park Lane Group Artists. She has also broadcast on BBC China, Classic Radio Finland and Classic FM. Belle graduated from Royal Academy of Music in September 2013 with Master of Music in Performance with distinction. Since her Masters, she has won the ‘Curator’s Choice for Music’ award at the 2014 NOISE Festival, and received the 2014 Finalist Award for ‘The American Prize for Music’ in Chamber Music. She also won the 2015 London Music Award .

    In 2016, Belle was endorsed by Arts Council England under the Exceptional Talent Visa scheme. She is currently a guest lecturer in Multimedia and Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was endorsed as a Graduate Entrepreneur after her degree. Belle is also the founding director of Eito Music.

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    4 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    Tasmin Little performs Tchaikovsky with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Christoph König, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tasmin Little
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    It seems only apt that we begin this summer concert with Wagner’s rousing orchestral opening as we welcome Tasmin Little, an international star of great prestige, to Cadogan Hall. Under Christoph König – a conductor of ‘deep intelligence and musicality’ – Tasmin Little performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the foremost concertos of the Romantic era.

    Another Romantic gem rounds out this concert in style, as we hear Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, one of the best loved symphonies of its kind.

    Overture from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 'The Mastersingers of Nuremburg'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in E minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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