February Recitals 2020

Recitals begin at 1.00pm unless otherwise stated.
Admission is free but donations, on which we rely, are very welcome.

Wednesday 5

Penelope Carter Oboe
Daniela Fietzik Piano

Vivaldi – Sonata in C minor RV.53
Silvestrini – Étude for oboe
Saint-Saëns – Étude for piano
Poulenc – Sonata for oboe & piano (1962)
Ponchielli – Capriccio for oboe & piano Op.80

Thursday 6

Julia Wallin Piano

Hannikainen – Feux Follets, Evening, A la Fontaine
Melartin – Keinutan Kehtoa, Laulatan lasta
Sibelius – Selection Op.76 and Op.24 
Melartin – Legend No.2

SPECIAL RECITAL – 1.15pm Monday 10

Cristina Prats-Costa Violin
Milan Berginc Violin
Ricardo Fuento Contreras Viola
Elena Cappelletti Cello

Haydn – Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2
Shostakovitch – Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73

Formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, the Alauda String Quartet is a fast-rising, prize-winning group of young generation artists who are already gaining an enviable international reputation. This is definitely not one to miss.

Wednesday 12

MinJung Baek Piano

Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3 No.1 
Prelude in D major Op.23 No.4 
Prelude in G minor Op.23 N0.5
Sonata No.2 in B flat major Op.36

Thursday 13

Beethoven 250

Marina Solarek Violin 
Miriam Lowbury Cello 
Diana Brekalo Piano

Despite the considerable contributions of Haydn and Mozart, it was Beethoven who gave the piano trio an importance it had not enjoyed before. He achieved a concertante style of unprecedented brilliance and power that was to set the standards for the flowering of the genre throughout the 19th century. The crowning masterpiece of Beethoven’s cycle of piano trios is the last in his series, the celebrated Op.97 in B-flat, the “Archduke” Trio still regarded as the greatest of all works for this combination of instruments.
In its own time, like the Eroica Symphony it was as striking for its broad dimensions as for the depth of its substance. Beethoven sketched the work during the summer of 1810 and wrote out the final score the following March.
The trio was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria who was one of Beethoven’s closest friends, together with nine other major works in various forms. It’s public premiere took place on April 11th 1814. 

Wednesday 19 

Freya Goldmark Violin
Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux Violin 
Francesca Gilbert Viola 
Coventin Chassard Cello
Anna Webster Clarinet

Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115

The Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B minor Op.115 by Brahms must be one of the greatest chamber music masterpieces ever composed. Since its premiere, this quintet has been beloved by musicians, audiences, and music lovers around the world. Prior to its composition there had been a number of great chamber works written for the clarinet by Stamitz, Mozart and Weber.

Brahms came to the composition of this Quintet late in his life. He wrote it for the clarinet in A and it contains some of the most exquisitely beautiful musical lines and colours of any chamber work ever composed. Listening to or performing this music takes you on an incredible journey; a journey of great beauty, deep introspection, yearning and melancholy. Brahms was in the twilight of his career and at the height of his powers. The Quintet’s public premiere took place on December 12 1891 in Berlin.

Thursday 20

Meliza Metzger Soprano
Mario Kurtjak Guitar

A selection of 19th century songs and arias including those by Rossini and Giuliani.

Wednesday 26 February – ASH WEDNESDAY – No Recital

Thursday 27

Beethoven 250

Maria Canyigueral Piano

Beethoven – Piano Sonata in A major Op.2 No.2 
Beethoven – Piano Sonata in C major Op.2 No.3

Although Beethoven often used this concerto as a display piece as he sought to establish himself after moving from Bonn to Vienna he appeared not to rate it particularly highly, remarking to his publisher, Anton Hoffmeister that it was “not one of my best.” Both these two concerts are being given to celebrate the return of our Bösendorfer grand piano which has undergone a substantial internal renovation. The piano was built in Vienna in the mid-1930’s and the church purchased it from a BBC producer in 1981. Many of the pianists who have played recently speak of the remarkable quality of this instrument, its beautiful tone and engaging personality.

Thursday 27

Beethoven 250

Michael Gammie Conductor
Yuki Negishi Piano 

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb, Op.19 
Schubert – Symphony No.5 in B flat major D.485

Donations from this concert will go towards the cost of the refurbishment of our Bösendorfer piano.