SCHUMANN Marchenerzählungen (16’)
CLARKE Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale (15’)
GRIME To see the summer sky (9’)
KURTÁG Hommage à R Schumann (11’)
Combining the soulful viola with the languid clarinet, Schumann’s four musical fairy tales is an enchanting set of miniatures that brings the picturesque to life. Rebecca Clarke’s work for clarinet and viola is alternately spectral, austere, powerful and desolate. A very different, equally expressive duo follows, exploring the extremes of musical range and possibility for violin and viola in Grime’s ‘To see the summer sky’, played by Ensemble 360’s Rachel Roberts (who first performed this work’s world premiere in 2010). Kurtág’s homage to the fanciful spirit of Schumann’s fairy tales brings us full circle.
PURCELL Chacony in G minor (5’)
GRIME String Quartet No.1 (15’)
PURCELL Fantasia No.6 in F (4’)
MACKLAY Many Many Cadences (9’)
PURCELL Fantasia in C minor (4’)
BRITTEN String Quartet No.2 (30’)
Through an exploration of over five centuries of music, this concert celebrates the infinite possibilities of the string quartet. Highlights include Helen Grime’s theatrical work with three interlocking movements that ebb and flow, pulsing with life and infused with deep feeling. Purcell’s stately Fantasia is full of intricate invention and harmony, seemingly infused with light. The evening concludes with an epic quartet from one of the most original and enduring composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten.
BACEWICZ Trio for Oboe, Violin & Cello (10’)
GRIME Five Northeastern Scenes (12’)
KNUSSEN Ophelia’s Last Dance (9’)
MARTINŮ Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello & Piano (12’)
Celebrating the colours and expressive range of the oboe, this concert begins with an overlooked gem in Bacewicz’s spiky neo-classical trio. Helen Grime’s ‘Five Northeastern Scenes’ continues the composer’s exploration of music and visual art, portraying the landscape in which she grew up via Joan Eardley’s haunting landscape paintings. Knussen’s dancing work for solo piano creates an interlude of uneasy charm, before Martinů’s angular and lyrical quartet brings together all four instruments for a thrilling finale.
Folk superstar Karine Polwart and composer/pianist Dave Milligan released their acclaimed album ‘Still As Your Sleeping’ in 2021, combining traditional Scottish songs with new works by Polwart and Milligan, as well as other folk artists working today. Sharing songs from this record and beyond, this promises to be one very special event, showcasing the warmth and humanity of their collaboration in the remarkable intimacy of the Crucible Studio.
“…another majestic work, deceptive in its simplicity, poignant in its accomplished, stripped down musicianship”
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op.59 No.2 (36’)
SHAW Entr’acte (12’)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op.135 (26’)
“Simply beautiful. Beautifully simple…Op.135, my desert island Quartet.” John Suchet, Classic FM
This full-length afternoon concert features two great Beethoven string quartets, and between the two, a short work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning US composer Caroline Shaw.
This concert is dedicated to Martyn Annabel (1955-2021), who found joy in music throughout his life, and who supported Music in the Round for over 30 years.
ANONYMOUS Scottish Lute Manuscripts
JS BACH Suite in E Minor BWV 996 (15’)
EASTMAN Buddha (10’)
REICH Electric Counterpoint (15’)
WOLFE Lad (17’)
Sean Shibe was the first guitarist to be selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and his breath-taking rise to acclaim has been acknowledged with major awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and Gramophone magazine. His recent disc of Bach has been described as the finest ever recorded on guitar, and his performance of Steve Reich’s classic work, Electric Counterpoint, astonished the composer. Incomparably gifted and blessed with a spirit of adventure, Sean Shibe is a guitarist like no other.
“Shibe’s music-making is masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way”
★★★★★ The Times
IVES Housatonic at Stockbridge (4’)
IVES Mists (2’)
IVES Serenity (2’)
GRIME Bright Travellers (15’)
BRITTEN Ca’ the yowes (4’)
RESPIGHI Il Tramonto (15’)
RAVEL String Quartet (30’)
PRITCHARD Peace (5’)
Soprano Ruby Hughes is celebrated internationally for her soulful tone, emotional intensity and commanding presence. Together with acclaimed pianist Joseph Middleton, they have created intensely intimate performances and recordings, including their highly praised 2021 release of Helen Grime’s moving song cycle ‘Bright Travellers’, exploring the intense joys and pains of motherhood.
In the second half, Respighi’s beloved sunset song for voice and string quartet brings Hughes together with the string players of Ensemble 360, who will then share Ravel’s dazzling quartet before being rejoined by this very special guest to conclude with a delicate blessing in song.
“When Hughes sings of fire, you feel the heat. At the word ‘weeping’, your heart breaks.”
★★★★★ The Times
Please note the earlier start time for this concert.
Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley, Josh Spear
“One of the most exciting forces in contemporary music” (Financial Times).
These four composer-performers integrate theatre, spoken word, choreography and visuals into their music-making, often coated with a deliciously wild sense of humour. Their music is beautiful, wonderful and endlessly surprising. Expect the unexpected!
Sounds of Now is a platform for musicians who are creating and exploring some of the most exciting artistic ideas today, nurturing talent, inspiring new thinking and provoking debate. This new series from Music in the Round is your invitation to engage and connect with music in new ways.
BYSTRÖM Kinderszenen (8’)
ABRAHAMSEN Six Pieces for Horn Trio (15’)
GRIEG Cello Sonata (28’)
A wonderful soundscape evoking the icy Swedish winter opens this concert, written by Swedish composer Britta Byström. It features horn, violin and piano, the same combination as Abrahamsen’s Six Pieces, which is also evocative and plays with the timbre of the different instruments. This Scandinavian programme concludes with Grieg’s Cello Sonata, full of warm-hearted charm, joyous excitement and just the occasional hint of his more famous Piano Concerto.
L BOULANGER Two Pieces for Violin & Piano (5’)
DEBUSSY Piano Preludes Nos 4, 6 & 7 from Book 1 (12’)
N BOULANGER Three Pieces for Cello & Piano (8’)
SIERRA Butterflies Remember a Mountain (11’)
RAVEL Sonata for Violin & Cello (20’)
The Boulanger sisters were pioneering musicians in the early 20th century. Lili was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome composition prize, and Nadia taught many students who went on to become famous, such as Aaron Copland, John Eliot Gardner and even Burt Bacharach! Debussy also features in this French afternoon, with three of his beautiful, evocative Preludes, and Ravel’s Sonata dedicated to his memory – a piece with echoes of both Debussy and the folk music of Hungary.