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The Schubert Ensemble

Great Piano Quintets

The Schubert Ensemble - Great Piano Quintets Concert

18-20 November 2016

The Schubert Ensemble
William Howard piano
Simon Blendis violin
Alexandra Wood violin
Jane Salmon cello
Douglas Paterson viola
Peter Buckoke double bass

With musically-illustrated talks by members of the Ensemble.
The Schubert Ensemble is one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Their programme concentrates on piano quintet repertoire, taking us on a journey of just over a century, from the early works with double bass to the rich repertoire of Romantic quintets for piano and string quartet.

The Schubert Ensemble, formed in 1983, is established as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. It has performed worldwide and has recorded over thirty critically-acclaimed CDs. The group appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, and has an established relationship with King’s Place which has resulted in a number of concert series. This is the ensemble’s third music weekend at The Castle Hotel in Taunton.

Their programme includes some of the most important works for piano quintet, including Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E flat, written in 1842, the first notable work written for piano and string quartet. Widely acclaimed at the time, it inspired many later Romantic composers to write in the genre, including Brahms, whose monumental F minor Quintet is one of the most frequently performed of all, and Dvořák, whose contribution is infused with Czech folk song and dance. We also hear Franck’s passionate Piano Quintet, Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite First Piano Quintet (Op.89) and a rarely heard but gorgeously lyrical work by Bruch. The final concert of the weekend returns to the early nineteenth century with Hummel’s Quintet in E flat Op.87 (1802) and Schubert’s much loved Trout Quintet, which both feature double bass in the line-up.

Members of the ensemble give talks and demonstrations before the performances, a feature of their concerts for which they are famed and which they do brilliantly.

The Programme
Concert 1

Friday 18 November 2016, 6.00pm
Musical introduction & talk at 5.30pm
Bruch, Piano Quintet in G minor Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

Concert 2

Saturday 19 November 2016, 11.00am
Musical introduction & talk at 10.30am
Schumann, Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 Franck, Piano Quintet in F minor

Concert 3

Saturday 19 November 2016, 6.00pm
Musical introduction & talk at 5.30pm
Fauré, Piano Quintet No.1 in D minor, Op.89 Dvořák, Piano Quintet in A, Op.81

Concert 4

Sunday 20 November 2016, 11.00am
Musical introduction & talk at 10.30am
Hummel, Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.87 Schubert, Piano Quintet in A, D667, The Trout

 

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Concerts only: £24 for morning concerts, £25 for evening concerts.


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