Peace, War and the Devil
Thu 15 May 2014 12:45pm
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BRIDGE Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor
PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata in D Op.94
STRAVINSKY The Soldier's Tale Suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Change to artist for Thursday's concerts (Updated Thursday 15 May, 9.30am)
Sadly, Ensemble 360's Gemma Rosefield (Cello) is still not well enough to perform in today's concerts.
The award-winning cellist, Oliver Coates, will be standing in for Gemma at both of today's concerts. The programme for Peace, War and the Devil is unaffected by this change.
Three very individual pieces provide contrasting perspectives on the Festival theme of War. Benjamin Britten’s teacher, Frank Bridge, shared his pupil’s ‘gentle pacifism’. His eloquent Phantasy was completed in 1911, shortly before the storm clouds of war gathered in Europe. In 1941, Prokofiev told a journalist that he wanted to find 'greater simplicity and more melody. Of course I have used dissonance in my time, but there has been too much dissonance'. The Flute Sonata, written in 1942–3, has a melodic richness and ebullience that are all the more remarkable given that it was composed during World War II. Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale was finished in 1918 at the Swiss town of Morges (on the shore of Lake Geneva, in neutral Switzerland) and the Suite was arranged the following year.
This concert will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
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