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Format: 2018-09-20
Format: 2018-09-20
  • 23 September 2018 - 5:00pm
    Homage à Brahms: includes Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)
    Brett Dean, Lotte Betts-Dean, Melvyn Tan, Tom Poster
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    Brahms Lieder are further explored as part of the 'Brahms and Friends' theme to this year's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival. Father and daughter Brett Dean and Lotte Betts-Dean appear in their first recital together, with solo works interpersed from Melvyn Tan, including Brett Dean's homage to Brahms.

    Märchenbilder for viola and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sapphische Ode
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Ständchen from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Meine Liebe ist grün from 9 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    O kühler Wald from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Unbewegte, laue Luft from 8 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Intermezzo in B minor from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Homage à Brahms, for piano
    Brett Dean (1961-)
    Rhapsody in E flat from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 23 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
    Ailish Tynan, Ben McAteer, Faust Chamber Orchestra, Hertfordshire Chorus, Mark Austin
    The Old Palace, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    The 2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival's exploration of 'Brahms and Friends' concludes with his first major composition, written when he was only in his thirties and before his four symphonies. Performed here in German, with the 'chamber' forces of the Faust Chamber Orhestra and members of the Hertforshire Chorus, this concert will be a fitting finale programme to a weekend of music-making at Hatfield House.

    Pre-concert talk by David Nice* 7.15pm

    (Please note that Ailish Tynan and Ben McAteer are a change to the originally advertised soloists)

    *David Nice replaces Stephen Johnson, who is indisposed.

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 21 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    Lendvai String Trio and Melvyn Tan
    Lendvai String Trio, Melvyn Tan
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    The 2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival is delighted to welcome the Lendvai String Trio. This concert includes the rarity of one of Rontgen's String Trios, one of a number of works discovered by the trio in manuscript form. The Lendvai String Trio are performing and recording these delightful and accessible works. The concert continues the theme of the festival 'Brahms and Friends', and is introduced by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson.

    Pre-concert talk by David Nice 7.25pm

    *David Nice replaces Stephen Johnson, who is indisposed.

    Notturno in G minor, for piano
    Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
    String Trio No 4 in D, 'Waltzer Suite'
    Julius Röntgen (1855-1932)
    Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Miniatures for 2 violins and viola
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 22 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook and Aronowitz Ensemble
    Anna Tilbrook, James Gilchrist, The Aronowitz Ensemble
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    The 2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival continues to explore the theme 'Brahms and Friends'. In this concert there is a wonderful mix of song and chamber music, including lieder from Clara Schumann and two songs by Brahms texts of Felix Schumann (their youngest son, named after Felix Mendelssohn, God-son of Brahms). Resident artists the Aronowitz ensemble finish the programme with a Brahms piano quartet.

    Pre-concert talk by David Nice* 7.25pm.

    *David Nice replaces Stephen Johnson, who is indisposed.

    6 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Meine Liebe ist grün from 9 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Piano Quartet No 2 in A
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 20 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Faust Chamber Orchestra with Guy Johnston (cello) and Magnus Johnston (violin)
    Faust Chamber Orchestra, Guy Johnston, Magnus Johnston, Mark Austin
    The Old Palace, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    The opening concert of the 2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival sees Artistic Director Guy Johnston and his brother Magnus Johnston introduce this year's theme 'Brahms and Friends'. They are joined by the talented Faust Chamber Orchestra, under Mark Austin, making their festival debut.

    Pre-concert talk by David Nice* 6.45pm

    *David Nice replaces Stephen Johnson, who is indisposed.

    Hebrides Overture, 'Fingal's Cave'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 21 September 2018 - 5:00pm
    Julian Bliss, Melvyn Tan and Guy Johnston
    Guy Johnston, Julian Bliss, Melvyn Tan
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    No festival celebrating the chamber music of Brahms would be complete without some of his exquisite music for clarinet. Resident artists Julian Bliss and Melvyn tan join Artistic Director Guy Johnston on the second day of the 2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival.

    Variations concertantes, for cello and piano
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3 Fantasiestücke, for clarinet and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 22 September 2018 - 5:00pm
    Romance: Mendelssohn and Schumann chamber works
    Elena Urioste, Guy Johnston, Tom Poster, Ylvali Zilliacus
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    2018 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival artists continue to explore the festival theme 'Brahms and Friends'.

    (Please note that there is limited ticket availability for this concert)

    3 Romances, for violin and piano
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Adagio in E for violin and piano
    Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
    Piano Quartet in E flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Lied ohne Worte in D, for cello and piano
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 23 September 2018 - 12:00pm
    Julian Bliss in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet
    Julian Bliss, The Aronowitz Ensemble
    The Old Palace, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    Julian Bliss and the Aronowitz Ensemble are resident artists of thir year's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, exploring the music of 'Brahms and Friends'. Having performed the Clarinet Trio, Julian Bliss returns on the final day of the festival for Brahms's brooding clarinet quintet.

    String Quintet No 2 in B Flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in B minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 23 September 2018 - 6:30pm
    Trio Chausson
    Hiroaki Takenouchi, Trio Chausson
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Ernest Chausson’s stirring music was the impulse behind the beginning of Trio Chausson’s career. Since then, the trio has won numerous international chamber music awards and have been Gramophone’s Choice of the Month. They make their Conway Hall début with a programme featuring a rare performance of music by French female composer Cécile Chaminade.

    Inspired by Ernest Chausson’s stirring and at the same time sparkling music, which is significantly characteristic for an important era of the French art, the ensemble gave its very first concert in the course of the festival de Clairac. This was the beginning of the Trio Chausson’s successful career. In the meantime the French Trio Chausson gave numerous concerts in Europe, the United States and Brazil. Within the series Rising Stars the trio has performed in major European concert halls as well as the Carnegie Hall New York.

    They gave highly successful concerts at festivals as Folles Journées Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron, Tours, Prades, Echternach, Vendsyssel and Heidelberg. They lately appeared in Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Metz, Clermont-Ferrand, Paris and played the first performance of the Triple Concerto by Chausson/Mathieu Lamboley with the Orchestre d’Auvergne and a number of concerts of this composition in France. Forthcoming highlights of the trio are concerts in Paris, Tilburg, Klagenfurt and Bensheim among others.

    Boris de Larochelambert and Antoine Landowski studied individually at the Conservatorium in Paris and had chamber music classes with Pierre-Laurent Aimard together. After graduating they continued studying under Claire Désert, Ami Flammer and Alain Meunier. Leonard Schreiber studied at the Purcell School of Music and Royal College of Music in London graduating with First Class honours. He has performed with the Borodin Quartet, violist Miguel da Silva, cellist Henri Demarquette and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov among others. Admitted to the European Chamber Music Academy, which supports young and aspiring cutting edge ensembles, the trio subsequently gained important impulses by collaborating with significant chamber musicians such as Hatto Beyerle, Anner Bylsma, Gérard Wyss, Eckart Heiligers, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Rainer Kussmaul and Johannes Meissl. Especially by Hatto Beyerle the Trio was intensely fostered.

    The Trio Chausson drew the attention as the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Joseph Joachim in Weimar 2005 as well as laureate of the Joseph Haydn Competition Vienna 2004 with an award for the best interpretation of contemporary music. Owing to these outstanding results, the French Association for Artistic Action chose the Trio to participate in its 'Déclic' programme in 2005, which includes a live recording at Radio France and international concert tours. The Trio also received grants from the Société Générale and the ADAMI.

    Mirare Records has released five CDs with trios by Chausson, Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Cécile Chaminade, René Lenormand, Haydn and Hummel which garnered great acclaim. The Trio Chausson received the Gramophone Editor’s Choice of the month for their latest CD with trios by Haydn and Hummel.

    Pre-concert recital | Hiro Takenouchi: Sunday Sonatas, 5.30pm in the Main Hall

    Explore the journey of Mozart's life from young prodigy to the epitome of classical music, as Hiro Takenouchi embarks on a series of performing all of Mozart's sonatas for solo piano, leading up to his Mozart Finale concert next year.

    Mozart | Piano Sonata No 1 in C K 279 (1774)
    Mozart | Piano Sonata No 14 in C minor K 457 (1784)

    Piano Trio No 2 in A minor
    Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
    La valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Piano Trio in D
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
  • 30 September 2018 - 6:30pm
    Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano) and Primrose Piano Quartet
    Louise Winter, Primrose Piano Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Poetry provided a wealth of inspiration for many German composers. Conway Hall is pleased to play host to renowned soprano, Louise Winter and the ever-popular Primrose Piano Quartet in the only London performance of their specially-devised programme, ‘Love and Obsession’: a musical exploration of the fascinating and turbulent love triangle between Brahms and the Schumanns, featuring songs by all three composers alongside two Piano Quartets.

    Louise Winter was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her début in 1982 with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Dorabella Così fan tutte and subsequently sang Tisbe La Cenerentola, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia for the company.

    Her most recent roles include Gerturde in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina (Royal Opera House), Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Anaide in Leconcavallo’s Zazà (Opera Holland Park), Wife in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Music Theatre Wales at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on tour in the UK and Korea, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival), Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon and Ragonde Le Comte Ory (Blackheath Concert Halls). She created the role of Susan in Huw Watkins In the Locked Room (a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera), and gave the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins for mezzo-soprano, youth chorus and orchestra at a Gala Concert for the Royal Opera House in February 2015.

    Previously she has sung title role Carmen and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust (English National Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House/Canadian Opera Company/Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Edwige Rodelinda, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Pauline Queen of Spades (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Venus Tannhäuser and Lady Macbeth in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt), Preziosilla La Forza del Destino (Rouen).

    Louise Winter has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi. She has taken part in many of the BBC Proms over the last decade. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Bath, Belfast and City of London Festivals and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

    Her recordings include the complete songs of Frank Bridge for Hyperion, and Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox for Chaconne. Performances on DVD include the Goddess Diana La Calisto conducted by René Jacobs.

    Plans include Pilar in David Sawer’s The Skating Rink (Garsington) and Governess Queen of Spades (Royal Opera House).

    The Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by pianist John Thwaites and three of the UK’s most renowned chamber musicians (Lindsay, Allegri, Edinburgh, Maggini Quartets). It is named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose, who himself played in the Festival Piano Quartet. Alongside their performances of the major repertoire, the Primrose Piano Quartet have researched widely the forgotten legacy of 20th century English composers, and have revived a number of remarkable and unjustly neglected piano quartets. Their award-winning recordings feature works by Dunhill, Hurlstone, Quilter, Bax, Scott, Alwyn, Howells and Frank Bridge. Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies wrote his Piano Quartet for the Primrose in 2008, which was recorded in 2009 for the Meridian label.

    Also in 2009 an exciting commission, born out of their strong Scottish connections and timed to celebrate Robert Burns’s 250th anniversary, was the “Burns Air Variations”. The Primrose Piano Quartet invited a number of their composer friends to write a short variation each on Burns’ “By Yon Castle Wa”, and the resulting 30-minute work received premières in Tunbridge Wells, at the Sound Festival, and at Kings Place, London. Sally Beamish, John Casken, Jacques Cohen, Peter Fribbins, Francis Pott, Zoë Martlew, Piers Hellawell and Stephen Goss are among those who contributed.

    Two new CDs were recorded in 2010 for the Meridian label: Richard Strauss Piano Quartet, Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata; Maxwell Davies’ Piano Quartet, the Burns Air Variations and a previously unrecorded Piano Quintet by Dmitri Smirnov. In 2011 the Quartet recorded a CD of Fauré and Brahms piano quartets, performed on a piano chosen by Brahms, and a CD of Schubert chamber works followed in 2014.

    For 2014/15 The Primrose Piano Quartet were selected for the Making Music Concert Promoters’ Network for a third time, and they will be featured again in 2017/18. Another busy performing season both in the UK and abroad included an extensive tour of Denmark, a visit to Germany and the première of a new piano quartet written for the Primrose by leading British composer, Anthony Payne at London’s Kings Place. This season also saw the recording of a new CD of Elgar, Payne, Bowen with a recording of Brahms chamber works planned for 2017. Their own festival in the Hampshire Village of West Meon is now in its sixth year, and they were appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Battle Festival in 2016.

    Pre-concert talk | Robert Hugill, 5.30pm in the Brockway Room

    Seemed as if sent straight from God

    When Clara Schumann first met Johannes Brahms she wrote in her diary that he 'Seemed as if sent straight from God'. The lives of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and the rather younger Johannes Brahms formed a complex intertwining of love, friendship, passion and music, and would encompass Robert and Clara's complex wooing, Robert's support for the younger man's career, Robert's madness, Clara's long widowhood and Brahms' passionate devotion. Robert Hugill introduces the evening's programme, with its music from all three composers, with an exploration of the complex relations between the three.

    2 Gesänge, for alto, viola and piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Ständchen from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht from 4 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    An die Nachtigall from 4 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Warum willst du andre fragen? from 3 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Ich stand in dunklen Träumen from 6 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    O du mein Stern
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Piano Quartet in E flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Widmung from Myrthen, 26 songs for voice and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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