Brahms, Britten, Beethoven

Fri 17 May | 6:30 PM      The Great Barn

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Hellensmusic Artists Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Scott Dickinson (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Alex Jones (double bass), Matthew Hunt (clarinet).

HM Masterclass Students 
Mabelle Young-Eun Park (violin), Arieta Maria Liatsi (violin), Aiden Sullivan (viola), Erin Bang (viola), Finn Mannion (cello), Clara Schlotz (cello), Alex Franklin (oboe), George Strivens (french horn), Emily Ambrose (bassoon). 

PROGRAMME
Brahms  Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18
Britten  Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2 for Oboe and String Trio
Interval
Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op. 20 for Winds and Strings

This programme features three well-known compositions, each written in the early stages of the composer’s career and each employing distinctly different instrumental combinations.  The Sextet that opens the concert is Brahms’ first chamber work for strings.  The rich sonority created by its instrumentation (two violins, two violas, two cellos) appealed to Brahms with his love of weaving tapestries of sound.  From the contentment of its opening, the Sextet moves through nobility to joie de vivre and finally ends in radiance.  The Phantasy Quartet of Britten, composed when he was only 19, is constructed in arch form, the music emerging out of silence and returning at its conclusion to the silence in which it began.  Beethoven’s Septet has the unusual scoring of clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass.  In its form and character it harks back to the divertimento style of the mid to late 18th century, having six movements, predominantly light-hearted in mood.