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BAX Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Trio - for violin, cello and piano
BRUCH 8 Pieces Op.83 (excerpts) - for clarinet, viola and piano
HOWELLS Rhapsodic Quintet Op.31 - for clarinet and string quartet
Owing to illness within the Ensemble causing an unavoidable loss of rehearsal time in the lead-up to the festival, we regret to say that the performance of Harrison Birtwistle's Trio is to be postponed to a future occasion. In place of this piece Ensemble 360 will be playing the Piano Trio No.3, Op 97 by David Matthews.
This lunchtime concert is packed with rhapsodic, lyrical and luscious sounds, starting with Bax’s elegiac Clarinet Sonata, dedicated to a fellow cricketer and amateur musician Hugh Prew.
Despite being written at a time when many composers were experimenting with modernism, Bruch’s 8 Pieces are Romantic in style, possessing a luscious, rich and lyrical sound.
Herbert Howells described his Rhapsodic Quintet as having a “mystic quality”. It is an evocative and poetic piece which closes in serene beauty.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“Harrison Birtwistle is probably the greatest living composer, and his recent music has maintained his high standards. I've not yet heard his 2010 Trio, and am much looking forward to it.“
“Birtwistle - an opportunity to hear the players stepping out into something really challenging and new. Over the years Birtwistle has lost none of his impetus to explore and innovate. It will be interesting to find out what he has to offer in the traditional medium of the piano trio.”
"Everybody knows Bruch's first violin concerto but far fewer are probably aware that he wrote a considerable body of very attractive chamber music, to which the Eight Pieces op. 83 provide an excellent introduction.”
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