Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartet

10 - 14 July 2017


St. Germans, Calstock
Callington, Launceston
Blisland and Tavistock


Festival Diary 2017


Monday 10 July

Tuesday 11 July

Wednesday 12 July

RUSSIAN THEMES
St. German's Church, 7.30 pm

Dante Quartet with the East Cornwall Youth Orchestra

Haydn Quartet op 33 no 2, “The Joke”
Shostakovich Quartet no 7
Arensky Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
Beethoven Quartet op 59 no 3 in C (Razumovsky)


This Russian-inspired concert features two of Haydn and Beethoven’s best-loved quartets - one dedicated to the Grand Duke Paul of Russia, and the other to Prince Andrey Razumovsky, who was then the Russian ambassador to Vienna. Shostakovich’s 7th quartet of 1960 introduces a darker note from the Soviet era, depicting the composer’s volatile and tempestuous relationship with his wife Nita, and dedicated to her memory. Celebrating the golden age of Russian romanticism, the talented East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra joins forces with the Dantes to perform Arensky’s glorious Tchaikovsky variations, in a special version created for this occasion.

This concert supports Children’s Hospice South West

“A fantastic concert: commitment, passion and excitement balanced by technical assurance ”
Seen and Heard International


St. Germans Church

 

BUFFET SUPPER AND HAYDN
The Old Chapel, Calstock 6.00pm


A performance of Haydn’s “Sunrise” quartet, given by the brilliant young Efander Quartet

followed by

Supper with the musicians, overlooking the river Tamar (advance booking only)

Bridge over river


QUARTET JOURNEYS

The Old Chapel, Calstock 8.00pm

Dante Quartet

Beethoven Quartet op 18 no 4 in C minor
Shostakovich Quartet no 1 in C
Brahms Quartet no 2 in A minor

Overlooking the river Tamar by the spectacular Calstock Viaduct, the Old Chapel provides a magical and intimate setting for chamber music. Beethoven’s dark, stormy C minor quartet and Shostakovich’s early quartet depicting “childhood scenes, naïve and bright moods associated with spring" are followed by Brahms at his most mature, wistful and sophisticated. His A minor quartet is permeated with the notes F-A-E - a secret melodic motto meaning “Frei Aber Einsam”, or “free but lonely”.

Dante Quartet

 

FEAST OF IRISH FOLK
at St Mary’s Church, Callington

4.30 pm - WORKSHOP WITH LIAM O’CONNOR

Learn a traditional Irish Air and Reel with celebrated Irish fiddler Liam O’Connor and his trio: a fun and inspiring session open to all ages and instruments, including voice. Only 15 places available: early booking recommended.

Liam O'ConnorSéan McKeon


7.30 pm - CONCERT
FIDDLE, UILLEANN PIPES AND SONG

A wild and poetic concert of traditional Irish music with a contemporary twist, by fiddler Liam O’Connor, piper Sean McKeon and singer Radie Peat, flying over to join us from Dublin. Folklore, history, humour and personal accounts of how the melodies and songs came to be passed to tonight's musicians form a key feature of the evening.

“…exceptional musicians who marry technical prowess with a marvellous sense of adventure and history” (Irish Times)

“Radie Peat sang from the gut, unflinching and compassionate” (Guardian)

Radie Peat

After the concert: a glass of champagne for the Friends of the Dante Festival

 
   

Thursday 13 July

 

Thursday 13 July

 

Friday 14 July

DANTE OPEN REHEARSAL
– DVORAK'S STRING QUINTET

Blisland Institute 11.00 -1.00

Blisland Church

Come for a fly-on-the-wall look at a Dante Quartet rehearsal, and an informal performance, in the idyllic village of Blisland. Afterwards, enjoy lunch (and excellent beer) at the Blisland Inn, or bring a picnic to have on the village green. The local shop has good pasties.

FESTIVAL WALK ON BODMIN MOOR
Blisland 2.30 – 4pm

Meet outside the Blisland Inn for a tour of the ancient church of St Protus and St Hyacinth, followed by an easy walk over Bodmin Moor to the great Jubilee Rock, with a panoramic view over the Camel Estuary. Bring good shoes.

Jubilee Rock

 

JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE DANTE FESTIVAL!
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Charles Causley

A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF CHARLES CAUSLEY
in LAUNCESTON TOWN HALL


6.15 - 7.00pm in the Guildhall
BALLADS, BARDS AND CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe

Dublin-born composer Charles Villiers Stanford & Cornish poet Charles Causley both drew from a living stream of traditional ballads & old Celtic airs. With mandolin, accordion and flute in hand, two celebrated Irish poets explore the sources of inspiration for these two Charleses.


7.30 pm in the Main Hall
SINGING GAMES

Dante Quartet with Cahal Dallat, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Caradon Strings and the Launceston Choral Society

Martinu Madrigals for violin and viola

Sounds of Ireland:
Cockles and Mussels; Londonderry Air, The Irish Washerwoman - arr. Stuart Barrie

Charles Causley Selected Ballads

Andrew Wilson Singing Game

Stanford Quartet no. 4

A glorious mixture of music and poetry presented by the Dante Quartet together with Celtic poets and local musicians. Inspired by lively renaissance part-songs, Martinu’s virtuosic Madrigals set the scene. Charles Causley’s poetry takes centre stage in a setting by Andrew Wilson of Singing Game for string quartet and choir, and his ballads are read by celebrated poets Cahal Dallat and Anne-Marie Fyfe, with musical accompaniment. After a Celtic interlude from the young Caradon Strings, Stanford’s brilliant string quartet forms a romping Irish finale.

This concert supports Cornwall Air Ambulance.

SPONSORS
This Festival is generously sponsored by:
Friends of the Dante Festival, The Charles Causley Trust, Cornwall Music Education Hub, Cornwall Music Service Trust, Foster Charitable Foundation, Gilbert McCabe, Simon Rowe, Edward and Jenny Salmon, Bernard Samuels, James Sargent
 

FESTIVAL TEA
St Eustachius Parish Hall, Tavistock, 4.30-5.30pm

INTIMATE LETTERS
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock. 5.45-6.30pm

The Dantes introduce Janacek’s extraordinary second quartet, inspired by the ageing composer’s love for the young Kamila Stosslova.

 

CZECH MATES
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, 7.00pm

Dante Quartet with Alinka Rowe (viola)

Schulhoff Duo for violin and cello

Janacek – Quartet no. 2 “Intimate Letters”

Dvorak – String Quintet in Eb, op 97

We end this year's festival with an all-Czech programme full of colour and variety. Schulhoff’s entertaining Duo is followed by Janacek’s wild and passionate Intimate Letters, in which the viola takes the role of the composer’s beloved muse, Kamila Stosslova.

Kamila Stosslova

We finish with Dvorak’s joyous string quintet, enhanced by the warmth of an extra viola part played here by Alinka Rowe.


Cornwall Music Education Hub

Cornwall Music Service Trust


Causley Trust