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

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The Aronowitz Ensemble

Chamber music masterpieces

The Aronowitz Ensemble

8–10 April 2016

Magnus Johnston violin 

Nadia Wijzenbeek violin 

Rosalind Ventris viola 

Tom Hankey viola 

Guy Johnston cello 

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

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