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Format: 2014-10-26
Format: 2014-10-26
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    Wed, 2014-10-29 19:00
    Schubert's Quintet and Death's Cabaret - A Love Story
    Matthew Sharp, Sacconi String Quartet
    St Mary the Virgin Ashford TN23 1QG
    United Kingdom

    Schubert's Quintet in C is a powerful and profound piece of music, widely regarded as one of the most important works in the chamber music canon. Written just two months before Schubert's death in 1828 after months of struggling with terminal illness, the piece has a cathartic quality with extraordinary emotional depth, described as "transcendent" and having "bottomless pathos". The Quintet features many of Schubert's trademark musical stylings with dramatic changes in mood, rich textural part writing and virtuosic lyricism. Allow the music to take you on an emotional journey through moments of whimsy, darkness, and the sublime.

    Death's Cabaret - A Love Story is a piece of dramatic music performance - an "all consuming" tragedy that follows the narrative of a conflicted young man's experience of finding and losing love, whilst exploring the themes of identity, fear and mortality. The performance features music by Maurice Ravel, Kurt Weill, Claude Debussy and Jacques Brel with the highly innovative Cabaret Concerto composed by Stephen Deazley - combining classical forms of the 19th Century with the raw sensuality of cabaret. Also Matthew Sharp's performance in the lead role uniquely features his versatility as a singer, actor and instrumentalist with him often engaging in the three roles at once! This intimate experience is not to be missed as it combines astonishing virtuosity with explosive drama and dynamic theatricality, making for a truly memorable performance!

    "Extraordinary cellist, virile bass-baritone, compelling actor - Matthew Sharp's astonishingly comprehensive versatility." - The Daily Telegraph

    "Extraordinarily impressive and effective...a spell-binding triumph." - Evening Star

    For an insight into Death's Cabaret - A Love Story: YouTube click here

    String Quintet in C major
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Death's Cabaret - A Love Story
    Stephen Deazley (1969-)
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    Wed, 2014-11-05 19:00
    Four Seasons! Vivaldi and Piazzolla
    David Gordon, David le Page, Eduardo Garcia
    St Mary the Virgin Ashford TN23 1QG
    United Kingdom

    David Le Page, the UK's hottest violinist since Nigel Kennedy, sets the seasons spinning with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (1725) and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (1965-70). Vivaldi's masterpiece combines evocative textures, explosive virtuosity and a driving musical narrative - each of the four violin concertos based on a poem inspired by each different season. Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires on the other hand is rooted in tango music with a distinctive Argentine flavour - the instrumentation even features the use of electric guitar and bandoneon! Both pieces are considered master works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla and (despite having been written two centuries apart) are testament to the timeless inspiration that nature provides for musical creativity. To hear both pieces interpreted by Le Page's mastery will be a truly unforgettable experience!

    "Le Page's account of the Four Seasons was the most fresh, imaginative, spontaneous, daringly improvisatory I have ever heard!" - Birmingham Post

    For an insight into David Le Page's interpretation of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons': YouTube click here

    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Les cuatro estaciones portenas, 'The Four Seasons Buenos Aires'
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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    Mon, 2014-10-27 18:00
    Madeleine Mitchell Violin Recital
    Geoffrey Poole, Madeleine Mitchell
    Paston Brown Room, Homerton College Cambridge CB2 8PH
    United Kingdom

    Homerton College Music Society are thrilled to welcome the distinguished violinist Madeleine Mitchell, described by BBC Radio 3 as 'a vioinist in a million', with pianist Geoffrey Poole, to perform two sublime classic violin sonatas in what promises to be a most memorable concert, ending with a short jazzy piece composed for Mitchell by Francis Shaw - Piccolo Divertimento, with guest trumpeter Zerlina Vulliamy. The concert will end by 7.20pm.

    Siciliano from Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No 4 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 10 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2 in A
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Wed, 2014-11-05 19:30
    Madeleine Mitchell Violin Recital - Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev
    Charles Wiffen, Madeleine Mitchell
    Michael Tippett Centre Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN
    United Kingdom

    Described by BBC Radio 3 as 'a violinist in a million', Madeieine Mitchell pairs 2 sublime classic violin sonatas with 2 groups of 5 short pieces form Eastern Europe (each 13 minutes) - Prokofiev's Songs without words, recorded by Mitchell in her Classic FM CD of the week album 'Violin Songs' and the moving work by Sadie Harrison, based on Lithuanian poems.

    5 Melodies
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 10 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    An angel reads my open book
    Sadie Harrison (1965-)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2 in A
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)