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March 2018

University of Oxford Faculty of Music: Oxford

March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN England

International Women’s Day Celebration

Following last year’s concert celebrating International Women’s Day, the Music Faculty is proud to present this year’s celebration curated by the Director of Performance and Artist in Residence, cellist Natalie Clein.

Natalie Clein, cello with Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass
Katya Apekisheva, piano
Hannah Roberts, cello
Boris Brontsyn, violin
Rachel Roberts, viola

Programme to include:

Hannah Kendall Network Bed (new commission)

Louise Farrenc Piano Quintet

Joëlle Léandre Taxi

Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata (arranged for Cello)

Rebecca Clarke Trio for Piano Violin and Cello

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August 2018

Musique a Flaine: France

August 18 - August 31
Fláine International Music Academy, Flaine France 74300 France

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September 2018

Plush Festival: Dorset

September 14 @ 7:30 pm
St. John the Baptist church, Plush, Dorset Dorset DT2 7RJ England

Beethoven to Berg

James Clark violin
Cerys Jones violin
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Berg Piano Sonata, op. 1 (11 mins)
Webern Langsamer Satz, 1905 (10 mins)
Beethoven Cello Sonata no. 4, op. 102/1 (15 mins)
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Brahms Piano Quartet no. 2, op. 26 (50 mins)

All five of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas are performed throughout our September weekend, giving a glimpse into every era of his life. His two-movement fourth sonata, among the first works of his “late” period, is preceded by music from the early careers of Berg and Webern, whose motivic origins can be traced back to the master. Beethoven’s influence is more apparent still in Brahms’ majestic and assured Second Piano Quartet.

 

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Plush Festival: Dorset

September 15 @ 1:00 pm
St. John the Baptist church, Plush, Dorset Dorset DT2 7RJ England

Lunchtime Concert

James Clark violin
Cerys Jones violin
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Beethoven Cello Sonata no. 1, op. 5/1
(25 mins)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, op. 4 (30 mins)

Transport yourself to Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” with this lunchtime concert, featuring a young composer exploring a late romantic sound world. His early masterpiece Verklärte Nacht, a sublime sextet penned before his departure into serialism, broke new ground by fusing the distinct motivic and harmonic languages of Wagner and Brahms.

Schoenberg is preceded by the first of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas with moments of pianistic virtuosity and joyful high-register cello scoring.

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Plush Festival: Dorset

September 15 @ 3:00 pm

Open Rehearsal: Plush Ensemble

James Clark violin
Cerys Jones violin
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello

Join us for this relaxed afternoon rehearsal, where accomplished musicians prepare for their evening performance of Schubert’s beloved late work, his String Quintet in C major.

The piece is sometimes called the “Cello Quintet” because it is scored for a standard string quartet plus an extra cello instead of the extra viola. It’s a Plush tradition for this piece to close out the festival: hear our musicians fine-tuning it in forensic fashion!

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Plush Festival: Dorset

September 15 @ 7:30 pm

Beethoven to Boulez

James Clark violin
Cerys Jones violin
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Haydn String Quartet in D minor, op. 42 (12 mins)
Boulez 12 Notations for piano (10 mins)
Webern Three Little Pieces for cello and piano, op. 11 (4 mins)
Beethoven Cello Sonata no. 5, op. 102/2 (20 mins)
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Schubert String Quintet in C major (50 mins) Jones, Clark, Roberts, Brendel, Lewis

The curtain comes down on this season’s concert series with a packed programme that juxtaposes Boulez with Webern before placing Beethoven alongside Schubert. A typically stunning group of Plush Ensemble musicians open with a joyful Haydn quartet and close in the Plush tradition of performing Schubert’s finest chamber accomplishment, his String Quartet in C major.

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November 2018

Wigmore Hall: London

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street London W1U 2BP England

Steven Isserlis, Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust, Rachel Roberts and Katharine Gowers.

Schumann Sonata no. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105
Fauré Piano Trio in D minor, op. 120
Fauré Cello Sonata no. 2 in G minor, Op. 117
Schumann Quintet in E flat major Op. 44

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