Venue Great Hall
Running time 90 minutes
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Next date 17th September 5:30 pm
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About this event
Richard Strauss: Songs
Schumann: Three Romances for oboe and piano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A D667 (Trout Quintet)
For this full-length early evening programme American Soprano Katharine Dain has chosen a selection of her favourite songs by Schubert and Strauss.
Schumann’s Three Romances were written over just three days in December 1849 and given as a Christmas present to his “right hand”, wife Clara. 1849 was one of the most productive years of Schumann’s career. Schumann was 39 and already suffering with his mental health. Medical scientists have argued over the exact nature of his illness – whether linked to Syphillis, or in his later life, mercury poisoning, it seems likely from eye-witness accounts that he suffered bi-polar symptoms, and that the year 1849 was one where manic episode infused his creativity. Sadly shortly after writing them, his health deteriorated to the extent that he spent much of the next few years in an asylum before his death at the age of 46 in 1856.
The three romances which are all in A-BA_ song form are marked:
I. Nicht schnell (not fast)
II. Einfach, innig (simple, heartfelt)
III. Nicht schnell
The Trout Quintet was composed in 1819 when Schubert was 22 although it wasn’t published until 1829, a year after his death at the age of 31.
Rather than the usual piano quintet lineup of piano and string quartet, the Trout Quintet is written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass and it was composed for a group of musicians coming together to play a work by Hummel with the same instrumentation. As many composers did, Schubert re-used material from an earlier work – his song “Die Forelle” The Trout writing a set of variations on it to form the fourth movement. This was on the suggestion of the person who commissioned the piece – Sylvester Paumgartner, a wealthy music patron and amateur cellist.
The importance of the piece stems mainly from its use of an original and innovative harmonic language, and the sound work Schubert creates. As he includes both cello and bass in the lower register, often the piano complements this in higher register with both hands playing the same melodic line. Something that he had experimented with in his Piano Duet writing.
The piece is in five movements:
Allegro vivace (A major)
Andante (F major)
Scherzo: Presto (A major)
Andantino – Allegretto (D major)
Allegro giusto (A major)
The Callino Quartet, back in Dartington for their fourth annual Autumn chamber music festival, is widely considered to be one of the finest young ensembles to have emerged in Europe in recent years. They made their professional debut at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999 since when then they have impressed audiences and critics both at home and abroad with their fresh and insightful performances.
Based now in London, the Quartet has won several international prizes for their concerts and recordings. Their performances have been variously described in the press as “warm, expressive and risky” (Classics Online) and “tender, polished and dramatic” (Irish Times).
Tom Poster is one of the UK’s most outstanding young musicians whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style”(The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music).
Sasha Calin graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music and continued her studies in Leipzig with Christian Wetzel where she played with the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. She went on to play regularly with Welsh National Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra and now plays first oboe with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria.
American-Dutch soprano Katharine Dain brings insatiable musical curiosity and expressive force to performances on both sides of the Atlantic. She sings music of many centuries and genres in both intimate and grand venues; recently she has become particularly known for assured, deeply-felt performances of contemporary scores and of the Germanic lyric repertoire from Mozart to Strauss.
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