NINFEA CRUTTWELL-READE Three Études for Piano and Flower Pots
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE The Axe Manual
JOANNA WARD Translucent
SIMON HOLT The Sower
“…their enterprise and dedication are breathtaking.” The ArtsDesk
Sounds of Now continues in April when musicians from Psappha perform intoxicating works for eclectic instruments including tuned plant pots and the hypnotic cimbalom, an instrument at the heart of Hungarian folk music.
Since their first performance three decades ago, the musicians of Psappha have become a vital presence in this country’s new music scene. In their Music in the Round debut, these outstanding musicians will also perform Harrison Birtwistle’s The Axe Manual, an extraordinary musical battle that pits the piano against an enormous range of percussion, and a beguiling, ethereal recent work by Joanna Ward for solo cello.
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 live music series from Music in the Round is your invitation to engage and connect with music in new ways.
A bar will be open before the advertised start time, please check back here for further details closer to the event.
String Quartet Op.18 No.3
String Quartet Op.19 Serioso
String Quartet Op.59 No.1
A chance to hear two of Beethoven’s early quartets marked by wit and invention, formal control and deft construction. The monumental first ‘Razumovsky’ quartet follows, an intense work that marked a sea-change in Beethoven’s writing and is passionate, defiant and deeply moving.
“[Ensemble 360’s playing] brought real pathos to this moving music” ***** Bach Track
BACH Cello Suites No.1 & No.3
Ensemble 360 cellist, Gemma Rosefield, plays two of Bach’s most intimate works, his first and third cello suites. These Suites are some of the most frequently performed and recognisable solo compositions ever written for cello, and regularly feature in film and television soundtracks. They will be complemented by other pieces that also display Bach’s intricate construction, inventive spirit and expansive musicality.
BACH Goldberg Variations BWV988
arr. for string trio
The Goldberg Variations are rightly hugely popular. First written for harpsichord and best known to modern audiences as a work for piano, here they are arranged for string trio. In this form, the intricacy of counterpoint and the spirituality of this monumental musical structure are brought to the fore through the conversational interplay between the instruments. These hour-long concerts are not to be missed.
MOZART Piano Trio in B flat K502
STRAVINSKY A Soldier’s Tale Suite
BRAHMS Clarinet Trio
Marking clarinettist Matthew Hunt’s final appearance in Sheffield as a member of Ensemble 360, he appears in three pieces for this concert. Adès’s Catch is a series of intricate musical games and explosive new sounds for strings, clarinet and piano. Stravinsky’s narrative work, A Soldier’s Tale, features an enjoyable mix of styles including ragtime and klezmer to create a dramatic and melodic miniature epic. To end, one of Brahms’s later works, his Clarinet Trio providing a fitting conclusion to this fantastic concert.
“Ensemble 360 [gave] a mesmerising performance” ***** Bach Track
HAAS Suite for piano and oboe (15′)
BRITTEN, Metamorphoses (13′)
CHOPIN, Mazurkas (10′)
SAINT-SAËNS Oboe Sonata (11′)
Ensemble 360’s Adrian Wilson is joined by pianist Ben Frith for this concert that spotlights the virtuosic qualities of the oboe.
* PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED PROGRAMME.
“Ensemble 360 [gave] a mesmerising performance” ***** Bach Track
HAYDN Piano Trio Hob XV:21 (14′)
DVOŘÁK Piano Trio in F minor Op.65 (40′)
After their best-selling series of concerts featuring Beethoven’s piano trios, Benjamin Nabarro, Gemma Rosefield and Tim Horton begin a new cycle in which some of the greatest piano trios of the 19th century are paired with the composer who almost single-handedly invented the form: Joseph Haydn. These concerts will dazzle and delight with their sheer range of emotions; definitely not to be missed!
“High virtuosity all round – superb light, dazzling backgrounds from Tim Horton, searing intensity of tone from violinist Benjamin Nabarro and cellist Gemma Rosefield… terrific stuff.” BBC Music Magazine ****
BARTÓK Violin Rhapsody No.1 (9′)
BACH Violin Sonata in G BWV 1021 (17′)
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in G Op.30 No.3 (18′)
JANÁČEK Violin Sonata (17′)
Violinist Claudia Ajmone-Marsan and pianist Tim Horton explore the breadth of works for violin and piano in this rich and varied programme. Claudia has recited extracts of Beethoven’s letters at previous concerts and for our podcast, so this is an opportunity to hear her play his stately work that showcases the invention and range of violin-playing. Bartók’s peasant dance-inspired Rhapsody is a spectacular opening of fireworks, full of intrigue and surprise; while Janáček’s Sonata brings the concert to a close, treating the listener to an evocative series of musical images.
BEETHOVEN Op.18 No.6 (26’)
BEETHOVEN Op.131 (39’)
Ensemble 360 continues its exploration of the full arch of Beethoven’s string quartets with a pairing drawn from early in his lifelong dedication to the form and what is said to be his own favourite of these works. Inventive, syncopated, eccentric; the first of this pairing is playful, bright and full of longing. An intricate quartet follows, which turns from brooding intensity to monumental power, and left Schubert asking, “After this, what is left for us to write?“
BACH Well-Tempered Clavier
Both books performed in their entirety over 4 hour-long concerts
A rare chance to hear the Well-Tempered Clavier in its entirety. Pianist Libby Burgess tackles this monumental work for keyboard as part of her series performing ‘the 48’ in each of England’s 48 counties. Each movement lasts only a few minutes, but between them they explore a wealth of characters, styles and moods, representing not only a diversity of musical language but also exploring the whole gamut of human emotional experience.
LIBBY BURGESS talk
Friday 13 August
7.00pm – 7.45pm
Libby Burgess provides insight into her Project-48 series of concerts performing Bach’s monumental work for keyboard in all 48 counties.
Free tickets available to all 5.30pm and 8.00pm ticket holders. Tickets must be ordered in person at box office or over the phone by calling 0114 249 6000. If you are attending this pre-concert event, you will not be required to arrive at the time specified on your ticket for the 8.00pm concert. There is strictly limited capacity due to social distancing requirements. Early booking is recommended.
About Libby Burgess’s Project 48
Project 48 is raising funds for musical charities, inspired by Bach’s comment that this music was written “for the benefit and use of the musical youth eager to learn, as well as for the special pastime of those already skilful in this study.”
This project will be fundraising for four musical charities who provide much-needed help to those same categories of people today – musicians young and old. Find out more here.