Fauré, Beethoven, Smetana, Clarke

Sat 18 May | 6:00 PM      The Great Barn

TICKETS: £20 / £45 with post-concert supper / £55 both Saturday concerts + supper

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Hellensmusic Artists Josef Špaček (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Scott Dickinson (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Julien Quentin (piano).

Masterclass Students Antoine Preat (piano), Henry Lewis (piano), Finn Mannion (cello). 

PROGRAMME
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano
Interval
Beethoven Trio in B flat major, Op. 11 ‘Gassenhauer’
Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ‘From My Life’

Fauré’s Piano Quartet No 1 opens dramatically with a surging Brahmsian theme though there is much gentleness in the ensuing dialogue.  There follows a quicksilver Scherzo; an Adagio of desperate sadness; and a dazzling Finale.  The writing in Rebecca Clarke’s three-movement Viola Sonata covers the entire range of the viola’s compass.  The Sonata’s impressionistic outer movements frame a light-as-air Scherzo. Beethoven’s Op 11 Trio exists in two versions, one for piano trio and the other, being heard in this concert, for clarinet trio.  An arresting unison figure ushers in the sparkling opening movement; the soulful main theme of the serene central Adagio gives a glimpse of the Beethoven yet to come; and the final movement is an ingenious set of variations on a popular opera tune of the day.  Smetana’s First Quartet is an autobiographical work which musically portrays the enthusiasms of his youth; his young life as a dancer; the bliss of his first love who later became his wife; and the onset of deafness, represented in the music by a high whistling sound on first violin.

Supper at Hellens (post-concert): 
Join us for supper at Hellens and enjoy both Saturday concerts.
Supper includes a two-course meal (vegetarian option available) + Glass of wine/apple juice + Reserved seating
Note that supper will take place between both Saturday concerts.

Saturday 6pm concert £20
Saturday 9.30pm concert £15

Both Saturday concerts £30
Both Saturday concerts + Supper at Hellens £55

You can book your dinner together with your ticket at check-out.
(Discount will apply at check-out)