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FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

21st August at 6pm
Krysia Osostowicz
BEETHOVEN’S GHOST

Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Linos Piano Trio: Prach Boondiskulchok (piano), Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin), Vladimir Waltham (cello)

Beethoven’s little-known violin sonata in A, showing him at his most playful and subversive, precedes the famous “Ghost” piano trio whose eerie-sounding slow movement was reputedly inspired by a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This is revolutionary music, full of dramatic extremes, deep darkness and radiant light.

Beethoven – Violin sonata in A, op 12 no 2
Beethoven – Piano Trio in D, op 70 “The Ghost”

22nd August at 6pm
THE TROUT

Linos Piano Trio with Krysia Osostowicz (viola); Jenna Sherry (violin), Alinka Rowe (viola), Eliza Millet (cello)

Schubert’s glorious quintet, maybe one of the most best-loved classics of all time, needs no introduction. But first, a little-known work by Mahler, his only piece of chamber music: intense and brooding in tone, acting as a sombre prelude to one of Schubert’s most joyful creations.

Mahler – Piano Quartet movement in A minor
Schubert – Quintet in A Major, “The Trout”

23rd August at 11am
CHILDREN’S CONCERT followed by HUNT THE MUSIC! CANCELLED

Children up to age 14 are invited to the Barn by our festival artists to explore how classical music works from the inside, in a specially devised programme with lots of interaction. This is followed by an outdoor musical treasure hunt (maps provided) searching for melodic clues which, when combined in the correct order, will form a piece of music to be played in our exciting Wilderness area.

Linos trio

23rd August at 6pm
THE ARCHDUKE

Linos Piano Trio, Alinka Rowe (viola), Eliza Millet (cello)

First we hear a contemporary and highly approachable duet composed by virtuoso violist Garth Knox, full of folk rhythms and quirky harmonies. Then another of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, dedicated to his great friend and patron Archduke Rudolph of Austria. Although Beethoven gave the first performance of the trio, his encroaching deafness prevented him from ever playing the piano in public again. The music, sunny and majestic in tone, betrays nothing of his struggle with this devastating illness.

Garth Knox – Pocket Concerto for viola and cello
Beethoven – Piano Trio in E Flat, op 97 “The Archduke


24th August at 6pm
SERENADE AND SEXTET

Krysia Osostowicz, Konrad Elias Trostmann (violins); Jenna Sherry, Alinka Rowe (violas); Vladimir Waltham, Eliza Millet (cellos)

We move to Central Europe for a feast of folk-inspired music. Using just three instruments, Kodaly manages to evoke the sounds of a Hungarian village band and a flirtatious seduction scene. Dvorak’s richly scored sextet, full of spontaneous invention, has been described as “flowing with Slavonic blood”.

Kodaly – Serenade for two violins and viola
Dvorak – String Sextet in A

25th August at 6pm
BACH & SONS

Krysia Osostowicz, Jenna Sherry (violins); Linos Piano Trio

Johann Sebastian Bach can be considered the father of Western classical music; he also fathered 20 children, several of whom became composers. Alongside Bach Senior, we will enjoy the music of three of his sons including Carl Phillip Emanuel, whose amazingly inventive piano trios have just been recorded for the first time by the Linos Piano Trio. The trio’s pianist, Prach Boondiskulchok, contributes to the fun with his own set of “Inventions” inspired by JS Bach and composed during Lockdown.

JS Bach - Sonata in G minor for solo violin
JC Bach - 3 violin duets
WF Bach - Fantasie for piano solo
P Boondiskulchok - 3 Inventions
CPE Bach - Piano trio in E minor

26th August at 6pm
CONTRASTS

Cordelia Williams (piano), Peter Cigleris (clarinet), Alinka Rowe (viola), Krysia Osostowicz (violin)

Mozart’s trio for the unusual combination of clarinet, viola and piano is richly mellow throughout, contrasting strongly with the mysterious and mercurial quality of the violin sonata written by Debussy near the end of his life. Bartok’s love of Debussy’s music can be sensed in his extraordinary “Contrasts”, another unusual trio combination, composed in New York for the great violinist Joseph Szigeti and jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, with Bartok himself at the piano.

Mozart - Trio for viola, clarinet and piano in E Flat, “Kegelstatt
Debussy - Sonata for violin and piano
Bartok - “Contrasts” for violin, clarinet and piano

 

27th August at 6pm
BEETHOVEN FINALE CHANGE OF PROGRAMME

Krysia Osostowicz, Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violins), Alinka Rowe, Jenna Sherry (violas) Joseph Barker (cello)

Schubert - Fantasie in F minor for piano duet
Beethoven - String Quintet in C major, op 29

We have had to change this programme as a result of the latest quarantine rules: as our three wind players happen to have been in France last week, very regretfully they are unable to join us. Instead, we would like to offer you Schubert's heart-rendingly melancholy Fantasie for piano duet, followed by one of Beethoven's most exuberant works, the string quintet in C, nicknamed "the Storm". We hope you enjoy this programme; and please note that the performance of Beethoven's Septet is not cancelled, only postponed! 



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