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RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin for piano and winds (arr. Walter)
STRAUSS Metamorphosen for septet
BRAHMS Piano Quartet in C minor Op.60
It is a profound sense of loss that lies at the heart of this programme of deeply beautiful and tender music. Ravel dedicated his Tombeau de Couperin to friends who had lost their lives in the First World War. Strauss’s Metamorphosen is a deeply-felt elegy – a memorial to the ravages of war and particularly to the city of Munich. At the end of this vast lament for strings Strauss introduces the Funeral March theme from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony over the words ‘In Memoriam!’. Brahms’s C minor Piano Quartet is full of allusions to his friends, Robert and Clara Schumann, with a radiant slow movement at its heart. Phrases that plaintively seem to utter the name ‘Clara’ may be an especially telling statement of Brahms’s complex relationship with the Schumanns.
The Grave of Winter
Saturday 10 May, 6.15pm
As a preface to the evening’s concert, Penelope Wilton and Tom Durham present a dialogue of poetry and prose by Edward Thomas and Helen Thomas that throws into stark relief the intensity of love and the bitter agony of separation and death in the years of the First World War. Edward and Helen's marriage was often turbulent, but the lyricism of his peacetime and wartime poetry and the direct power of her memoirs form a devastating commentary on the brutal impact of war on those who went to fight and those who remained behind.
Approximately 45 minutes duration.
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