Fri 12 May | 7:00 PM The Great Barn
Alena Baeva (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Nicolas Dupont (violin), Vicki Powell (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello) plus students from Hellensmusic Masterclass Programme
In the first half of this concert, two 20th century compositions frame Mozart’s sublime Oboe Quartet, the music of which, though virtuosic in the outer movements, draws greater attention to its beauty. The richly harmonic String Sextet by Richard Strauss forms the introduction to his final opera Capriccio but is often played, as here, as a separate entity. The Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1 is a very early work which encapsulates a wide variety of moods within its short timeframe. The Entr’acte by the contemporary New York composer Caroline Shaw, which begins the second half, was inspired by a moment in a late Haydn Quartet, and is structured like a minuet and trio. Mendelssohn’s exhilarating Octet, which ends the concert, is one of the greatest works in the chamber repertoire and, astoundingly, was composed when he was only sixteen years of age.
Richard Strauss String Sextet from Capriccio
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K370
Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1 in C minor Op 8
Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat Op 20