The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s own Robert Plane joins forces once again with the distinguished Gould Piano Trio, artists in residence at RWCMD, to explore the extraordinary musical flowering of pre-revolutionary Russia in ‘Twilight of the Tsars’. Programmed over a long-weekend, this festival of chamber music launches the college’s Russia’17 season, which marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
Robert sets the mood in the late night Saturday programme (18 February 9.30pm) with the sultry Oriental Reverie by Rimsky’s star pupil, the boy-wonder Alexander Glazunov, followed hot on the heels by the flamboyantly virtuosic chamber version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular Scheherazade.
The complete programme for 18 February at 9.30pm:
Glazunov Oriental Reverie for clarinet and string quartet
Rimksy-Korsakov Scheherezade arr (clarinet and piano trio)
Sunday morning’s concert (19 February at 11.00am) begins with the impassioned melodies and rapier wit of Glinka’s Trio Pathétique, which showcases the lyrical bel canto qualities of the clarinet and bassoon and the technical virtuosity of the piano.
The complete programme for 19 February at 11.00am:
Glinka Trio Pathétique
Tchaikovsky February from The Seasons
Borodin String Quartet no.2 in D