Sunday 26 June, 7.30pm
50th Anniversary Recital
Purcell Chaconne; MacMillan For Sonny; Shostakovich String Quartet No 3 in F major Op 73; Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84 (1918)
The Brodsky Quartet has been at the forefront of international chamber music for over four decades, and celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Purcell’s Chaconne is believed to have originated as theatre music and is a series of variations built on a short, repeated bass line. MacMillan’s piece is a miniature written in memory of a little boy, the grandson of a friend, who died a few days after his birth. The F major quartet by Shostakovich is arguably one of his finest quartets, and was a favourite of the composer himself. Written just after the second world war it shows Shostakovich in his full powers as a chamber music composer, skilfully deploying the string quartet to express his utterly distinctive musical personality. Martin Roscoe joins for Elgar’s romantic and energetic piano quintet to complete this wide-ranging programme.
‘Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature…’ Daily Telegraph
This concert is sponsored by a friend of Thaxted Festival who wishes to remain anonymous.
(£10 age 30 and under)
Sunday 26 June, 6.30pm
The quintet was conceived, along with the violin sonata, string quartet and cello concerto, in the West Sussex countryside, following an extended period of illness. Composition started in September 1918 and revisions continued through to April 1919, with a Wigmore Hall première the next month.
Stephen Dickinson from the Elgar Society explores the inspiration and context of this major chamber work.
This talk is sponsored by a friend of Thaxted Festival who wishes to remain anonymous.
The talk will take place in the chancel of Thaxted Parish Church. Seats are unreserved and tickets are free, but please book through the link below as space is limited:
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