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The Corvus Consort looks forward to a mini-tour of concerts in south-west England, in collaboration with instrumental duo Music on the Edge.
Over the long weekend of 22-24 October, the Consort will give three performances in three days, beginning with a sell-out concert for Music on the Quantocks in Somerset, before going on to The Centre, Newlyn, in Cornwall and the Sundays@Six series in Gidleigh, Devon, curated by Music on the Edge.
These will be the first ever live performances of this collaborative programme, after the debut appearance was repeatedly postponed during the national Coronavirus lockdowns in 2020. During the first lockdown, the musicians of Corvus and Music on the Edge instead produced a virtually-recorded video which was released as part of The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime Online Festival in July 2020.
The disc features their collaboration with pianist Timothy End, and includes music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Iain Farrington, Georges Bizet and Pedro Iturralde.
The release is two-disc set focussing on two of Schubert’s greatest works, both written in the last year of his short life: the song cycle Schwanengesang (Swansong) and the String Quintet in C major.
CD 1 features tenor Julian Prégardien and pianist Martin Helmchen performing Schwanengesang, as well as Schubert’s lesser-known song of the same time and two other works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. And CD 2 is taken up with a full performance of the String Quintet, in which Rachel joins violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Florian Donderer and cellists Tanja Tetzlaff and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker to perform this landmark work of the chamber music repertoire.
The disc is available throughout Europe, and can be purchased online.
Erik Levi, BBC Music magazine
Performance: Five Stars
Recording: Five Stars
The video forms part of the RSNO’s Spring/Summer Digital Season 2021, with members of the orchestra performing as the RSNO Chamber Ensemble.
Tonight there is a further opportunity to hear Timothy as he gives a concert with pianist John Reid for the Barnes Music Society, featuring music by Finzi, Stravinsky, Brahms and more… Tickets still available via the Barnes Music Society website.
The Ferio Saxophone Quartet will perform a double-bill of concerts at Henley Festival on Sunday 19th September.
In the morning they will give an informal performance at 10:30am, as part of the Festival’s ‘Family Sunday’ line-up — then they will give a formal concert at 6:30pm to an audience in black tie dress-code.
Both performances feature the same programme, including works by Piazzolla, Donizetti, Bach, Bizet and Bernstein, and will take place at the festival’s ‘Jazz Club’ in the magnificent Spiegel Tent.
Tickets are available via the Henley Festival website, via the General Admission and Family Sunday sections.
In their role as ‘Featured Artists’, the Solem Quartet will give two prominent concerts at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Cardiff.
Their concerts will take place on 13 and 14 September, and will feature several works by Pēteris Vasks, as well as music by leading Welsh composers. Members of the quartet will also deliver a workshop as part of the Peter Reynolds Composer Studio.
Both concerts take place in Cardiff University Concert Hall, and will be streamed live on the Vale of Glamorgan Festival YouTube channel.
From just after 5pm, Sean Rafferty will chat to the players about their upcoming debut CD ‘The Four Quarters’, which will be released on Orchid Classics two days later on 17 September. The Solems will also perform a selection of short works from the disc live on air, including arrangements by members of the Quartet.
In addition, they will perform the second movement of Pēteris Vasks’s String Quartet no. 3, which will have featured two days earlier in their programme for the Vale of Glamorgan Festival at Cardiff University Concert Hall. This concert will also feature Vasks’s Quartet no. 2 ‘Summer Tunes’ and will be live streamed via the Festival’s YouTube channel.
The ‘In Tune’ broadcast on Wednesday 15 Sept begins at 5pm, and can be heard live either on the radio or online.
Timothy Orpen will be a featured soloist with the RSNO in October, as part of a new concert series by two of Scotland’s leading orchestras.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are launching a series of concerts in Aberdeen, which will be their first live performances in North-East Scotland since the start of the pandemic.
As part of the series, Timothy will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the RSNO at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Sunday 10 October.
Released on the Orchid Classics label, the disc is built around music by Thomas Adès and also includes several arrangements by the Quartet members themselves.
Their concert will form part of classical guitar concert series Rasgueado Ljubljana, and will take place at the city’s National Museum of Contemporary History.
The two ensembles have built a collaborative project which they look forward to presenting in concert and on disc in the coming seasons.
Louise Thomson looks forward to giving a solo harp recital for Alwinton Summer Concerts in Northumberland on Saturday 21st August.
Her programme will feature a broad range of music from the Baroque to the present day showcasing the versatility of the harp, including works by Scarlatti and Glinka, harp virtuoso composers Ekaterina Walter-Kühne and Marcel Grandjany, and Louise’s own jazz arrangement of Pat Metheny’s Letter from Home. The programme will also feature the Suite for Harp by Welsh composer Huw Watkins, a set of four characterful movements entitled March, Toccata, Lullaby and Gigue.
Tickets are available for £15 via the Alwinton Summer Concerts website.
A regular performer at the Festival, Tim has been invited to give this special recital with Artistic Director and violist Simon Rowland-Jones, whose new work An Elegy for William Birtles will be premiered as part of the programme.
The concert takes place on Friday 20 August at 6:00pm, and tickets are available via the North Norfolk Music Festival website.
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi will travel to Germany this month to give a recital at the Rarities of Piano Music Festival in Husum, Germany.
Hiroaki will give two performances of his hour-long programme featuring works by Percy Sherwood, Dorothy Howell, Marce Dupré and Nicolai Medtner. His concerts take place in the Festival’s principal venue: the beautiful Rittersaal in Husum Castle, on Saturday 14 August 2021.
Having run annually since 1987, the renowned Rarities of Piano Music Festival aims “to draw the public’s attention to works that, despite their high quality, have not found their way into the current piano repertoire”. During the one-week Festival, a selection of the performances are recorded and later released as a live CD on Danish label Danacord. Hiroaki previously featured on Vol. 27 of this disc after his performance of music by Ernest Walker at the 2014 Festival.