Overview & description
Concert begins at 7.30pm
Navarra String Quartet
Magnus Johnston - violin
Marije Johnston - violin
Simone van der Giessen - viola
Brian O'Kane - cello
Peter Donohoe - piano
Shostakovich - String Quartet No 5
Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No 1
Taneyev - Piano Quintet
This concert features perhaps the least and the best-known works in our series. Tchaikovsky's first piece of chamber music, the first string quartet, includes one of his most famous movements, Andante cantabile. On hearing the incredibly moving melody for the first time, Tolstoy is said to have burst into tears.
In contrast, Taneyev's piano quintet is most definitely unjustly neglected. Composed in 1911, it has the scale of a symphony and demands great virtuosity from all the performers. We are delighted to welcome Peter Donohoe and the Navarra Quartet to take on the challenge! Known as the "Russian Brahms", Taneyev was best known in his lifetime as a pianist (premiering Tchaikovsky's second piano concerto and piano trio) and teacher - his pupils included Rachmaninov.
As a composer, Taneyev took inspiration from Germany rather than from the nationalism which his contemporaries, the "Russian Five" adopted. Form, counterpoint and development of melody were paramount, with the atmosphere of Russian folk dance rather than any direct quotations. The third movement of the quintet is an intricately constructed passacaglia, which Shostakovich must certainly have studied, as he went on to pen many examples of this genre. And it is Shostakovich’s fifth string quartet which opens this concert. Written in 1952 it was premiered in Leningrad by the Beethoven Quartet to whom it is dedicated.
This concert is the fifth in the series of six concerts curated by the Gould Piano Trio:
06 October - Gould Piano Trio
28 November - Navarra String Quartet
12 December - Lucy Gould, Robert Plane, Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill
23 January - Gould Piano Trio
13 February - Navarra String Quartet
06 March - Lucy Gould, Alicy Neary, Benjamin Frith with Ilona Domnich
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Russia in Revolution
Gould Piano Trio - Artistic Directors
One hardly needs an excuse to programme such sumptuous and compelling works as these large scale Russian Masterpieces, but in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution we have the opportunity to hear the more familiar alongside some less frequently performed pieces.ne hardly needs an excuse to programme such sumptuous and compelling works as these large scale Russian Masterpieces, but in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution we have the opportunity to hear the more familiar alongside some less frequently performed pieces.
In this series we look both ways, back towards Glinka and Tchaikovsky and forwards to Shostakovich and Stravinsky. We hear some compositions born from the Friday night meetings 'Les Vendredis' in St Petersburg and we have a concert of Debussy and Stravinsky - two decades apart in age but connected by their admiration for each other. Later in the season a rarely heard arrangement of the Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade for clarinet and piano trio, no less exciting for its fewer performers, will certainly shed new light on the piece. The elegiac trio, a thread running through the series, was taken up by many of the great Russian composers spanning some 50 years. Where would the trio repertoire be without these giants?!
We look forward to welcoming our guests, the Navarra String Quartet, Peter Donohoe, Peter Hill, Ilona Domnich, Robert Plane and David Adams and to giving you, our audience, a taste of some colourful and epic adventures.
|Tickets||£20.67, £18.55 (discounts available)|