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Of course Bach’s two great double concertos are familiar classics essential to any series, but it’s surprisingly rare to hear them both in the same programme. They’re among his finest works, in form the essence of the high baroque, but their slow movements sharing an almost romantic intensity unmatched by any other composer of the period. They’re framed by a varied selection of bewitching pieces from centuries either side.
THE COLOUR HOUSE ENSEMBLE
with Caroline Marwood (oboe), Lynn Cook and David Burton (violins)
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins
Concerto in D minor for Violin & Oboe
Henry Purcell: Chaconne in G minor
Enrico Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe
Minuet from “A Downland Suite”
Witold Lutoslawski: 4 Silesian Dances
An outstanding ensemble returns to treat us to two more of the pinnacles of their repertoire. Mozart pioneered the piano quartet as we know it; Brahms brought it to perfection with this, one of his most powerful works. In between we hear a haunting folksong-based piece specially written for the piano quartet medium by one of our foremost contemporary composers.
We welcome three distinguished singers who have specialised in themed programmes of songs and ensembles, with excursions into opera and popular music. Their concert will be mining a rich seam of song inspired by journeys, wandering and homecoming, including Vaughan Williams’ “Linden Lea”, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Schubert’s “Wanderers Nachtlied”, Duparc’s “Invitation au Voyage”, “Soave sia il Vento” from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, all the way to “Slow Train” by Flanders and Swann.
Antonia Cviic (soprano), Marie-Anne Hall (mezzo soprano), Stephen Cviic (tenor)
“As I walked out on a summer’s day”
THE JOHANNES QUARTET
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat K493
Judith Weir: “Arise, Arise,
You Slumbering Sleepers”
Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor Opus 60