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In this recital this prodigiously gifted pianist reaches the final lap of his marathon series of all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas with the lyrical beauty of No.30 and the power and other worldly explorations of No.32. Then, to celebrate this milestone, he lets his (and our) hair down with a second half devoted to another of his great passions Franz Liszt, who, not merely a virtuoso of genius, was one of Beethoven’s greatest musical heirs.
NEIL CROSSLAND (PIANO)
Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Opus 109
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Opus 110
and music by Liszt
Enrico Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe
Minuet from “A Downland Suite”
Witold Lutoslawski: 4 Silesian Dances
It’s always an event when our favourite oboist Caroline Marwood returns with her outstanding colleagues, and this time they treat us to a captivating and rarely heard suite by the young Richard Strauss. Before this we hear an arrangement of one of the best known works by the other Strauss, and the only chamber work by the French operatic master, surely one of the most adorable pieces ever written.
After their lovely recital of clarinet trios last year, ‘cellist Thomas Gregory and friends return with an irresistible programme - two of the greatest classical piano trios of all, both on the broadest scale. Beethoven’s famous “Archduke” is a work of his high maturity and of an extraordinary serenity. Brahms wrote his magnificent B major Trio at the age of 20 but revised it when he was 56, thus perfectly combining the ardour of youth with the mastery of age.
(Please note that this is the programme we postponed from last February owing to the indisposition of one of the players).
THE MARMARA PIANO TRIO
Beethoven: Piano Trio No.7 in B flat
Opus 97 “The Archduke”
Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B Opus 8
BROMLEY SYMPHONY WIND SOLOISTS
J. Strauss: Overture “Die Fledermaus”
Gounod: Petite Symphonie
Suite for 13 Wind Instruments Opus 4
Sunday December 16th 7.30pm
THE COLOUR HOUSE ENSEMBLE, WITH SIMON BALLARD (PIANO)
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K.525
Simon Ballard: Three Serenades Opus 77
Hummel: Septet in D minor Opus 74
The Ensemble always likes to celebrate the end of the year, not just with free mulled wine and mince pies, but with a big festive piece, and Mozart’s favourite pupil Johann Nepomuk Hummel is just the man for the job. Hummel’s splendid Septet is preceded by one of his master’s most celebrated works, and the programme also features three delightful pieces by our much-loved pianist, which he has specially dedicated to the Colour House Ensemble.