Friday 25 June, 7.30pm
Beethoven Cello Sonata Op 5 No 1 in F major; Janáček Pohádka, JW 7/5; Kodály Enekszo Op 1 No 9 Vekony a pokhalo (Slender is a silk thread); Kaprálová Navzdy Op 12 No 1 Navzdy (Forever); Kodály Cello Sonata Op 4; Kodály Cello Sonatina; Kodály 3 Songs to Poems by Bela Balazs, Op posth.: No 1 Mert is mondod, hogy nem szeretsz (Why are you saying that you do not love me?)
Captivating cellist Laura van der Heijden, a very special emerging talent, is joined by young Welsh prize-winning pianist Jâms Coleman for this stimulating chamber recital. Culminating in Beethoven's youthful and playful Sonata for cello and piano in F major, the programme explores the lyrical Central European repertoire.
With Janáček's Pohádka, (Fairy Tale) opening the programme, Kodály's two-movement Cello Sonata is full of melodies inspired by Hungarian folk song, with harmonies that evoke the impressionism of Debussy. The smaller-scale Sonatina opens with an impressionistic piano solo, again showing clear influence from Debussy. Song transcriptions by Kodály, and the twentieth-century female Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová, are interspersed with these works.
This concert is sponsored by a friend of Thaxted Festival who wishes to remain anonymous.
(£10 age 30 and under offer)