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Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 0844 453 9028

For further information, please contact music@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3023

£17 full price, £15 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20 per cent discount, so £81.60 for the whole season (£72.00 concs). Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

All concerts start at 7.30pm at the Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

 

 Monday 10 October, 2016: Benyounes Quartet

Zara Benyounes, Emily Holland violins, Tetsuumi Nagata viola, Kim Vaughan cello

SCHUBERT String Quartet in E-flat, D. 87

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F, Op. 135

DVOŘÁK String Quartet E-flat, Op. 51

The Benyounes Quartet return to Portsmouth following their captivating performance in January 2015. They are recognised for the freshness of their playing and compelling musical interpretations with a reputation for being one of the most engaging and dynamic young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years.

For this recital they have chosen to perform the last substantial work that Beethoven completed, his String Quartet in F.  Imbued with a remarkable sense of peace and well-being, there’s a conciseness and simplicity to the work which expresses both humour and the deepest seriousness with astonishing brevity. Dvorák’s String Quartet in E flat communicates the composer’s general contentment with life. It’s a radiant and warm-hearted piece, animated with some joyful Slavonic folk dance rhythms, and despite the occasional moment of melancholic reflection, it ends in a mood of unclouded high spirits.

 

Monday 7 November, 2016: Van Kuijk Quartet

Nicolas Van Kuijk, Sylvain Favre-Bulle vlns, Grégoire Vecchioni vla, François Robin vc

HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 64 No. 4 Sunrise

DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor, Op.10

The young Van Kuijk Quartet from France has been enjoying an impressive rise to international prominence. Following successes in Germany, Austria, Norway and Switzerland, the Quartet triumphed at the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet competition in London, not only taking the overall 1st Prize but also winning the 'Best Beethoven' and the 'Best Haydn' prizes.

Their beautifully balanced programme for Music in the Round not only gives us a chance to hear what makes their interpretations of Beethoven and Haydn stand out so impressively, but also showcases the irresistible Gallic charm of their compatriot Claude Debussy’s beguiling string quartet.

'Style, energy and a sense of risk...these four young Frenchmen made the music smile.' The Guardian

 

 Monday 30 January, 2017: Ensemble 360

Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan vlns, Ruth Gibson vla, Gemma Rosefield vc, Laurène Durantel db, Juliette Bausor fl, Adrian Wilson ob, Matthew Hunt cl,

Amy Harman bsn, Naomi Atherton hn, Tim Horton pf

BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

BRAHMS Serenade in D, Op. 11

Brahms’ Piano Quintet had a complex evolution; on the advice of the violinist Joseph Joachim the original string quintet was rearranged for piano duet, and it only finally became a piano quintet at the suggestion of Clara Schumann. In the words of one contemporary, the quintet is “beautiful beyond measure…a masterpiece of chamber music of a kind of which we have had no other example since 1828.” A compliment, indeed, to compare this magisterial work to Schubert's great Quintet! 

For Brahms’s Serenade, ten players take to the stage to present this elegant early masterpiece, regarded by many observers as an embryonic Symphony.

 

 Monday 20 February, 2017: Lawson Piano Trio

Clara Biss violin, Rebecca Knight cello, Annabelle Lawson piano

HAYDN Piano Trio in E-flat, Hob XV:30

REBECCA CLARKE Piano Trio

BRIDGE Three Miniatures (Hornpipe, Valse Russe, and Saltarello)

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

The Lawson Trio played here once before, in May 2012, when they gave us a wonderful account of Brahms B major trio. This time, they pair two masterworks of the twentieth-century piano trio repertoire; Dmitri Shostakovich’s darkly tragic second piano trio, written during World War Two in 1944 and the hugely passionate and compelling piano trio of British composer and viola player Rebecca Clarke, written in 1921. The intensity of these works are offset by Frank Bridge’s sparkling and charming ‘Miniatures’ and Haydn’s exploratory, final work for the piano trio genre.

 

 Monday 13 March, 2017: Piatti Quartet with Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Michael Trainor vlns, David Wigram vla, Jessie Ann Richardson vc

TURINA The Bullfighter’s Prayer

DVOŘÁK String Quintet E-flat, Op. 97 American

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130 (with Op. 133 finale)

We are delighted to welcome back the Piatti Quartet who gave such a memorable performance in February 2016. This time they are joined by Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet to give us Dvorák’s finest piece of chamber music, his American Quintet. Also on the programme is an unusual but great fun piece by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, and then perhaps the finest of all string quartets, Beethoven’s late B-flat with the original Grosse Fuge finale.

 

Monday 24 April, 2017: Trio Apaches

Matthew Trusler violin, Thomas Carroll cello, Ashley Wass piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in D, Op. 70 No. 1 The Ghost

MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66  

RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor

Trio Apaches is built on the great friendship between three of the UK’s most respected soloists and colleagues: Matthew Trusler, Thomas Carroll and Ashley Wass. They collaborate under a name first used in the early 1900s by a group of ‘artistic outcasts’ including Ravel and Stravinsky.

Trio Apaches have quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and are unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances and the innovative nature of their programmes. They share a desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts.

 

Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 0844 453 9028

For further information, please contact music@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3023

£17 full price, £15 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20 per cent discount, so £81.60 for the whole season (£72.00 concs). Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

All concerts start at 7.30pm at the Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

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