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The combined forces of Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet look forward to a concert for Chiltern Arts in Henley on 26th February. The Chiltern Arts Festival Weekend opens with Tenebrae at Dorchester Abbey on Friday 25th February, followed by Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s concert on the Saturday.
Their programme will feature a first half of music from their core collaboration of Baroque vocal works re-imagined for voices and saxophones, and a second half of 20th- and 21st-century music, including a brand new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s cantata In Windsor Forest, commissioned by Chiltern Arts specially for this concert.
Standing in for the Takács Quartet who had to postpone their European tour, the Solems will present quartets by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, either side of ’Sunrise’, a selection of short works and arrangements from their recent Orchid Classics disc ‘The Four Quarters’.
Three artists from the Tashmina roster will perform as part of Ensemble 360 in two concerts for the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series on Monday 31st January.
Tim Horton (piano), Rachel Roberts (viola) and Robert Plane (clarinet) will appear at Portsmouth Guildhall in a lunchtime Schools Concert and an evening concert, both of which are part of Music in the Round’s 2022 touring series.
Tim Horton needs little introduction to north Norfolk audiences, having played at the North Norfolk Music Festival over many years. For this concert, Tim performs two of the late Beethoven Sonatas, paired with the complete cycle of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op.28, as part of the Festival’s Winter Series.
Having been placed on the long list, the Trio’s latest CD ‘Stolen Music’ was chosen as winner in the chamber music category for the fourth quarter of 2021, with the jury describing their performances as “ravishingly musical, amazingly homogeneous and absolutely stylish”.
Both programmes will feature a selection of festive music old and new, including lesser-known carols as well as familiar favourites.
Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio look forward to a string of four concerts across Scotland and Northern England running from 10 – 14 December.
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You can hear the Linos Piano Trio – Prach Boondiskulchok (piano), Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin) and Vladimir Waltham (cello) – on Radio 3 In Tune this evening, ahead of their concert, tomorrow, for Wimbledon International Music Festival.
American Record Guide, Gil French
She will be performing Piano Quartets by Mahler and Brahms alongside violinist Daniel Rowland, cellist Maja Bogdanovic and pianist Nino Gvetadze, in a programme that also features music for piano trio by Haydn.
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