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Mozart Chamber Ensemble

with Joan Rodgers • Quartets & songs from Austria & Germany

Mozart Chamber Ensemble

20–22 November 2015

The Mozart Chamber Ensemble was founded in 2010 by its artistic director Wolfgang Redik to perform repertoire from quartets to smaller symphonies. Members are leading musicians from Middle Europe, soloists, chamber musicians and section leaders of well-known orchestras. We are joined for this weekend by four of its key players, who together also often go by the name of The Salzburg String Quartet.

The ensemble has curated a weekend of music from their native Austrian and German repertoire. Each concert includes a work for string quartet and voice. Many favourite works for string quartet alone are also included, among them Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, Schubert’s Rosamunde and Haydn’s great Emperor Quartet.

They are joined for the weekend by internationally renowned soprano Joan Rodgers, who is celebrated for her work in opera, concert and recitals throughout Europe and the USA. Her many recordings include Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic, and solo discs of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Wolf and Britten. She has received the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer of the Year Award, the Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera and the CBE.

The Programme 

Friday 20 November 2015, 6.15pm Mozart, String Quartet in D minor, K.421; Beethoven, ‘Grosse Fuge’ in B flat, Op.133; one further item to be confirmed (for soprano & quartet).

Saturday 21 November 2015, 11.00am Mozart, Divertimento in F, K.138; Clara Schumann, 6 Songs, Op.13 (arr. by Jörg Waschinski); Mendelssohn, String Quartet in E flat, Op.12.

Saturday 21 November 2015, 6.15pm Webern, Langsamer Satz for String Quartet; Schönberg, String Quartet No.2 in F-sharp minor, Op.10 (with soprano); Schubert, String Quartet in A minor, D804, ‘Rosamunde’.

Sunday 22 November 2015, 11.00am Schubert, Quartettsatz in C minor, D703; Schumann, 6 Songs, Op.107 (arr. by Aribert Reimann); Haydn, String Quartet in C, Op.76 No.3, ‘Emperor’.

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The Wihan Quartet

Schubert, Dvořák & Mozart

The Wihan Quartet

15–17 January 2016 (mc 559) 

The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Leoš Čepick. violin Jan Schulmeister violin Jakub Čepick. viola Aleš Kaspřík cello 

Speaker: Richard Wigmore 

Formed in 1985, and therefore celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2015, the Wihan Quartet is widely acknowledged as one of the great chamber ensembles in the world today. They enjoy particular popularity in Britain. While deserving their reputation for interpretation of their native Czech heritage, they are equally brilliant when performing Classical, Romantic and modern works.

For this, their seventh music weekend at The Castle Hotel in Taunton, the Wihan Quartet will perform quartets exclusively by Schubert, Mozart and Dvořák – one of each per concert, and some of the best-loved works in the string quartet repertoire.

The Programme 

Friday 15 January 2016, 6.00pm Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm Schubert, Quartettsatz in C minor, D703; Mozart, String Quartet No.19 in C, K.465, ‘Dissonant’; Dvořák, String Quartet No.11 in C, Op.61.

Saturday 16 January 2016, 11.00am Pre-concert talk at 10.30am Schubert, String Quartet No.10 in E flat, D87; Mozart, String Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421; Dvořák, String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51, ‘Slavonic’.

Saturday 16 January 2016, 6.00pm Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm Mozart, Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K.546; Schubert, String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810, ‘Death & the Maiden’; Dvořák, String Quartet No.13 in G, Op.106.

Sunday 17 January 2016, 11.00am Pre-concert talk at 10.30am Mozart, String Quartet No.8 in F, K.168; Schubert, String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D804, ‘Rosamunde’; Dvořák, String Quartet No.12 in F Op.96, ‘American’.

The Speaker 

Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at Guildhall, Trinity Laban and Birkbeck College. His publications include Schubert: The Complete Song Texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.

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The Chilingirian Quartet

Beethoven & Haydn • Schubert’s Quintet with Alasdair Tait

Chilingirian Quartet

26–28 February 2016

Levon Chilingirian violin Ronald Birks violin Susie Mészáros viola Stephen Orton cello 

with Alasdair Tait cello 

Speaker: Richard Wigmore 

Formed in 1971, the Chilingirian Quartet is internationally celebrated and widely travelled, renowned for its thrilling interpretations of the great quartets. The Quartet celebrated the fortieth anniversary of its first performance in February 2014 at The Castle Hotel, so it is fitting that the group now performs for this fortieth anniversary season of music weekends. This will be the Chilingirian Quartet’s twelfth weekend; its first was in 1978.

Their programme focuses predominantly on the string quartets of Beethoven and Haydn. The single occurrence of Mozart on Friday evening is included because it was Beethoven’s favourite quartet by the composer. We also hear Schubert’s Quintet, for which the group are joined by cellist Alasdair Tait, for no other reason than sheer indulgence. We finish on Sunday morning with Haydn’s Seven Last Words on the Cross.

Scottish cellist Alasdair Tait has performed in major concert halls and festivals worldwide. He was cellist with the Belcea Quartet from 1998–2006 and formed the Ulysses Ensemble in 2004. He is Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Chief Executive of the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT).

The Programme 

Friday 26 February 2016, 6.00pm Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm Mozart, String Quartet No.18 in A, K.464; Beethoven, String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2; Beethoven, String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135.

Saturday 27 February 2016, 11.00am Pre-concert talk at 10.30am Haydn, String Quartet in C, Op.54 No.2; Beethoven, String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5; Haydn, String Quartet in B flat, Op.55 No.3.

Saturday 27 February 2016, 6.00pm Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm Haydn, String Quartet in E flat, Op.64 No.6; Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.76 No.5; Schubert, String Quintet in C, D956 with Alasdair Tait (cello).

Sunday 28 February 2016, 11.15am Pre-concert talk at 10.30am Haydn, ‘Seven Last Words on the Cross’, Op.51.

The Speaker 

Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at Guildhall, Trinity Laban and Birkbeck College. His publications include Schubert: The Complete Song Texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.

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The Aronowitz Ensemble

Chamber music masterpieces

The Aronowitz Ensemble

8–10 April 2016

Magnus Johnston violin Nadia Wijzenbeek violin Lily Francis viola Tom Hankey viola Guy Johnston cello Marie Macleod cello Tom Poster piano 

The Aronowitz Ensemble, now established over ten years ago, was formed out of the desire of seven outstanding international artists to explore and perform chamber music together in the adaptable combination of string sextet and piano.

The group has been featured extensively on BBC Radio 3 since becoming BBC New Generation Artists in 2006 – broadcasts have included performances from Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Gateshead and the Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and City of London Festivals. The Ensemble made its Proms debut in 2008 and has returned numerous times since. In addition it has appeared on stages and festivals throughout Europe.

For this weekend, The Aronowitz Ensemble presents a rich treasury of chamber music masterpieces including (though not exclusively) quartets, quintets and sextets. Major works by Brahms are a feature, and are combined with music by Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Fauré and Ravel alongside lesser-known gems by Boccherini, Arensky, and a short work by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina.

A special pleasure of these weekends is that the musicians sometimes choose to speak about the music they are about to perform – the members of this ensemble are well accustomed to presenting their performances and will give short talks during the concerts.

The Programme 

Friday 8 April 2016, 6.00pm Joaquín Turina, ‘Escena Andaluza’ for solo viola, piano & string quartet; Fauré, Piano Quartet No.2 in G minor, Op.45; Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34.

Saturday 9 April 2016, 11.00am Mozart, Sonata for violin & piano in G, K.379; Schumann, ‘Märchenbilder’ for viola & piano, Op.113; Arensky, Quartet for violin, viola & two cellos.

Saturday 9 April 2016, 6.00pm Schubert, Adagio & Rondo Concertante for piano quartet, D487; Ravel, Sonata for violin & cello; Brahms, Piano Quartet No.2 in A, Op.26.

Sunday 10 April 2016, 11.00am Boccherini, String Quintet in E, Op.11 No.5; Brahms, String Sextet No.1 in B flat, Op.18.

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