Callino Chamber Music: Tuesday Lunchtime


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes


Ticket packages available:
FULL DAY PASS: book all 7 concerts for £50
FLEXIBLE PASS: any 4 concerts for £35
DAY PASS: both concerts on one day £20
Individual lunchtime concerts: £10 | £8 Concessions
Individual early evening concerts: £15 | £13 Concessions
Students and accompanied children under 18 are free

Next date 17th September 12:00 pm

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About this event

Poulenc: Oboe Sonata
John Musto: Songs
Britten: Phantasy Quartet (for oboe &string trio)

Written in 1962, Poulenc’s Oboe Sonata is the last of his three wind sonatas and it is dedicated to the memory of Prokofiev. The last movement is reputed to be the last piece of music Poulenc wrote and so the work stands as a kind of obituary to one of France’s most distinctive 20th century composers. The piece – which makes extreme technical demands on the oboist – is in three movements, and typically subverts the usual fast slow fast sonata pattern, by having the fast movement in the middle instead:
1. Elégie (Paisiblement, Sans Presser)
2. Scherzo (Très animé)
3. Déploration (Très calme)

Born in 1954 John Musto is an American composer and pianist who’s distinctive compositional voice can be heard across a catalogue of opera, chamber music and song compositions. For this lunchtime concert American Soprano Katherine Dain has chosen some of her favourites.

Britten wrote his Phantasy Quartet in 1932 when he was just 18 and a student at the Royal College of Music. He dedicated it to Leo Goosens.and it was first performed on the BBC the following year. In 1934 it was performed at the International Society for Ceontmporary Musicans, as the piece that first brought Britten international recognition. The music is in the form of a 16th-century fantasy, in an arch form. The music grows out of silence and in the end returns to it in symmetry. In the piece you can hear not only the echoes of the English pastoral idiom which Britten inherited, but also the emergence of own unique and distinctive compositional voice.

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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Tuesday 17th September

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