A quick reminder that this month’s lunchtime concert is on Thursday when we welcome the PIATTI QUARTET – programme is as below.
You may also be interested to know that CHROMA will be performing a very unusual concert of early and contemporary music in the atmospheric setting of St John’s Church Maddermaket – that’s TO-NIGHT at 7.30pm I hour without interval.
THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE, NORWICH
1pm Thursday April 25th at 1pm
PIATTI STRING QUARTET
Mendelssohn; Quartet in F minor Op 80
Walton; Quartet in A minor
Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 Violin Sonata in A, Op.12 No.2 Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23 Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.12 No.3
(The cycle will be completed next season, 2019-2020)
James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong begin their journey through the Beethoven violin sonatas with the first four works of the series. The triptych, Op.12, shows the young composer’s style at its most wilfully subversive, from the energy of the opening work and the elegant wit of the middle sonata to the dazzling virtuosity of the last in the series. More mysterious and subdued is the highly compressed A minor Sonata Op.23.
19 Year Old Saxophonist ROB BURTON – one of the stars of the BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018 – will be in Norwich on Thursday 1pm for one of the Assembly House classical lunchtime concerts. Those of us who watched the televised final last year will not forget Rob’s charismatic performance. He brings with him pianist CHRISTINE ZERAFA for an exciting programme details below;-
Music Room, Assembly House, Norwich Thursday March 28 at 1pm
There will be a great opportunity to hear some fine piano trios in the course of the next week.
The PETROF TRIO from Prague make a welcome return next Sunday 17th at 6.30pm when they will be playing a great programme to include an interesting arrangement of Janacek’s Kreutzer Quartet for piano trio and well as Dvorak’s typically Czech 2nd Piano Trio.
Then on Thursday evening 21st March at 7.30pm there is an opportunity to hear the MERZ PIANO TRIO from New York who will play two of the very greatest trios by Ravel and Schubert. What a feast for piano trio lovers, Roger
Handel’s Italian sojourn from 1707-1710 not only shaped his musical style and interests, but introduced him to one of the sopranos that was to play an important and recurring role in his music. Handel first met Margherita Durastanti when in Rome in 1707, with Durastanti performing both Armida Abandonata and O Qualis de Coelo Sonus.Their paths later crossed in London from 1720: Durastanti sung Handel’s Crudel Tiranno amor at a benefit concert in her honour, and she had roles in many successful Handel operas in the early 1720s. There seems to have been a ten year break in the working partnership, but Durastanti worked for Handel again in 1734.
“Handel and Margherita Durastanti – a musical marriage” explores these early Handel works for Durastanti, both sacred and secular, contrasting these with later London works in the operatic field. Interspersed are trio sonatas, including one of Handel’s earliest, a teenaged composition dating from 1699, and one of his more mature works, composed in London in the 1730s at the height of his operatic success.
The Brook Street Band ‘Vital and vivacious’ The Guardian ‘Masterly performances’ Gramophone Magazine
Nicki Kennedy (soprano) Rachel Harris and Karin Björk (baroque violins) Tatty Theo (baroque cello) Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord)
O Qualis de coelo sonus HWV239 Trio Sonata Op.2 No. 2 (g minor) Armida Abbandonata HWV105 ————– Cara Speme (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV17) Trio Sonata Op.5 No.4 (G Major) Crudel Tiranno Amor HWV97