Intimate Engagements

Forthcoming Concerts

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 7.30pm

Revolution and Romance - Sacconi Quartet (pictured)

Ben Hancox, violin
Hannah Dawson, violin
Robin Ashwell, viola
Cara Berridge, cello

The renowned Sacconi presents a programme by four composers, each inventing and revolutionising the medium of string quartet. Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet is a mastery of form and precision where drama is maximised using a minimum of notes.  Mendelssohn’s mastery of Romantic lyricism and emotional drama is epitomised perfectly in his opus 12 quartet, paving the way for later Romantic quartet writing. Helen Grime takes up the string quartet mantle and takes the form to new extremes of sound and emotion, lyricism ever abounding.

Programme

Schubert, Quartettsatz in C Minor D703

Helen Grime, String Quartet
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Opus 95 Serioso
Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 1 Opus 12


Saturday, 1 February 2020, 7.30pm

Cello and Piano: Beyond the Score

Adrian Brendel, cello
David Dolan, piano

Cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist David Dolan return to further explore the performer’s role as creator over different musical styles. In a programme providing the performers with scope for extemporisations and following seventeenth and eighteenth centuries performance practice, the duo will embellish repeats and improvise preludes and interludes to create the setting for the pieces performed and to connect between movements and works. 

Programme

Marcello, Sonata for cello and piano
Boccherini, Sonata for cello and piano 
Schumann, Five Pieces in Folk Style Opus 102
Beethoven, Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano in A major Opus 69
Fauré, Élégie for cello and piano Opus 24


Saturday, 14 March 2020, 7.30pm

String Orchestra: Contemplation and Drama - Symphonova Orchestra

Shelley Katz, conductor
Abigail Dolan, flute

Composers reach for the string-orchestra when they want the emotional purity of the string-quartet coupled by the power and drama of an orchestra. The innovative Symphonova Orchestra presents a programme including some of the greatest works written for strings alongside a premiere of a new work for strings and solo flute by the Politzer Prize-nominated composer Tamar Muskal.

Programme

Barber, Adagio for strings Opus 11
Tamar Muskal, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Premiere)
Arensky, Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky Opus 35a
Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Holst, St Paul’s Suite 


Saturday, 9 May 2020, 7.30pm

The Sonata Tradition

Ronan O’Hora, piano

During the period from the middle of the 18th century for the next hundred years, the Piano Sonata was the favoured form of the greatest composers writing for the instrument. Ronan O’Hora presents an overview of this canon, from the extraordinary range and versatility of Haydn, Brahms using the form as a vehicle to announce his youthful genius, a mystical and unfinished utterance by Schubert and an example of one of Beethoven's supreme examples of how to display the capacity of the Sonata for declamatory drama. 

Programme

Haydn, Sonata in F major Hob. XIV:23
Brahms, Sonata No. 3 in F minor Opus 5
Schubert, Sonata in C major D840 Reliquie
Beethoven, Sonata No. 23 in F minor Opus 57 Appassionata


Booking

£15.00, £10.00 Clare Hall Members, £5.00 Students

Reservations

music@clarehall.cam.ac.uk; (01223) 332360 or at the Porters’ Lodge