Venue Great Hall
Running time 60 minutes
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Next date 18th September 12:00 pm
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Brahms: 2 songs for viola, voice and piano Op 91
Vaughan Williams: Blake songs for oboe and voice
Piano Miniatures by Debussy, Grieg, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and others; interspersed with Tom Poster’s arrangements from the Great American Songbook
Brahms wrote the first of the two songs for viola, voice and piano – Geistliches Wiegenlied – in 1863 when he was 30, for the occasion of the marriage of Amelie Scheeweiss to the celebrated violinist Joachim, who also played viola. Brahms was sometimes troubled by “completely finishing” his compositions and he initially withdrew the song, sending it to the couple again a year later on the occasion of the birth of their son called Johannes after Brahms. Over 30 years later he later added the second song – or rather the first of the two songs, written in 1884. Gestillte Sehnsucht is a setting three stanzas of Rückert’s poem of the same name. The poem begins “In goldnen Abendschein getauchet, wie feierlich die Wälder stehn!” (“Immersed in golden evening glow, how solemnly the woods stand.”). He wrote it, again intended for the couple, but this time to help their troubled marriage.
The first public performance of the songs was on 30 January 1885 in an evening of chamber music held in Krefeld with the composer playing the piano.
Vaughan Williams wrote the Ten Blake Songs as a song cycle for tenor or soprano voice and oboe over the Christmas of 1957. It was written for the 1958 film The Vision of William Blake by Guy Brenton for Morse Films. The first nine songs are from Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake; the tenth (Eternity) is from Several Questions Answered (No1 & No2) from the poet’s notebook. The cycle is dedicated to the tenor Wilfred Brown and the oboist Janet Craxton. It was first performed in concert and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 8 October 1958, shortly after the composer’s death.
The songs are:
“Infant Joy” (Innocence)
“A Poison Tree” (Experience)
“The Piper” (Innocence, titled “Introduction”)
“The Lamb” (Innocence)
“The Shepherd” (Innocence)
“Ah! Sun-flower” (Experience)
“Cruelty Has a Human Heart” (Experience, titled ‘A Divine Image’)
“The Divine Image” (Innocence)
“Eternity” (Several Questions Answered, closing words)
Tom Poster’s versatility is matched by his enthusiasm for intrguing repertoire. Francis Cheryl Hoad is a young British composer who began composing at the age of eight whilst studing cello and piano at the Yehudi Menhuin School. She graduated with a double 1st and an M Phil from Cambridge and has won a number of composition prizes. Her commissions include works for Scottish Ballet, the BBC, the Almeida Festival the Spittalifields Festival and the Manchester International Cello Festival.
“Delicious bagatelle -character pieces” make up Homages, a suite of seven movements for piano. Each piece is a hommage to a different composer, but fresh and original rather than pastiche. Hints of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Janacek’s In the mists, a Schubert piano sonata, Ravel’s piano music, Mendelssohn’s songs without words, Haydn piano sonatas, and Bartokian rhythms are all to be found.
Tom complements these pieces with originals by Grieg and Debussy and rounds off this lunchtime recital joined by Soprano Katharine Dain in his own arrangements of well-known songs, by Gershwin, Cole Porter and others.
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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