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
Brook Street Band Anniversary Tatty Theo – baroque cello Carolyn Gibley – harpsichord
Handel; Cello Sonata in G major & Sarabande from Suite in G minor Cervetto; Cello Sonata in A minor Op 2/5 Geminiani; Prelude from Pieces de Clavecin Handel; Cello sonata in D minor & Lascia ch’io pianga Geminiani; Cello Sonata in C major Op 5/3
Norwich School and Pro-Am Strings are excited to be running a new International Music Summer School from 30th July-14th August 2019, held at Norwich School’s newly refurbished Music School.
The course will be suitable for young talented players of the violin, viola, cello and piano (14-18 years old) and will consist of individual instrumental music lessons and chamber music coaching, together with an immersion into the English language and culture.
At weekends, there will be trips to London and Cambridge and visits to local attractions. A special team will be providing evening entertainment so there will be lots of fun and games! We would encourage any international pupil who is keen to study in the UK in future to apply.
Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms Symphony No. 2
Brahms as Brahms wished it to be heard: Sir Mark Elder joins Britten Sinfonia for the second instalment of their Brahms Symphony Cycle, paired with Mahler songs and Britten’s last completed orchestral work.