• Katherine Gowers. Violin
  • Simone van der Giessen. Viola
  • Philip Higham. Cello
  • Chi-chi Nwanoku. Double Bass
  • Simon Lane. Pianp

This is one of four different concerts being given around the country in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.

Vaughan Williams. Six Studies in Folk Song for Cello & Piano

The original version of the Six Studies was written for May Mukle, a very good amateur cellist, who ran an underground dining club near Oxford Circus during the Second World War. RVW would often visit it after giving composition classes at the Royal College of Music.Unlike some modern arrangements of folk song, his allow these beautiful melodies to speak for themselves

Vaughan Williams. Romance for Viola & Piano

This powerfully lyrical work may have been intended for the famous violist Lionel Tertis. There is no indication that he ever performed it or knew of it and it remains undated, The work lay dormant until 1962 when it was given a first performance in London. Interestingly the viola was Vaughan William's own instrument.

Vaughan Williams. Piano Quintet in C Minor*

 Composed in 1903, the Piano Quintet is very much in the Romantic tradition, having the same instrumentation as the Schubert Piano Quintet, recently receiving a brilliant recording by the Nash Ensemble on Hyperion. It was. composed in 1903, and revised twice before its premiere in the Aeolian Hall in December 1905. This work preceded his study with Ravel in 1908, which was to prove one of the most important influences on his later compositions..

Schubert. Piano Quintet in A major D.667 'The Trout'

The Trout Quintet was written following a commission from an amateur cellist friend. Written during the summer of 1819, the Quintet's five movements burst with joy and energy. Its nickname comes from the quotation of his song Die  Forelle (The Trout) written two years earlier. This work is considered to be Schubert's earliest chamber masterpiece.

Pre concert Talk 6.30pm

Hugh Cobbe OBE, will give an illustrated pre concert talk on the Vaughan Williams works being performed at this concert. Hugh was Head of Music Collections at the British Library from 1985 until 2001. He edited the Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895 - 1958, published by OUP.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams, circa 1932.

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Hugh Cobbe

Haydn. Piano Trio  No.39 in G major 'The Gypsy'

Haydn's piano trios are his most neglected works,largely due to fact that the earlier ones give greater prominence to the keyboard. However this trio was a success from the start, not only because of the more even balance between the three instruments,but also due to its last movement, which includes the lively 'Gypsy Rondo'.

Mendelssohn. Piano Trio No.2 in C minor

Written some six years after his first, this second piano trio appeared in 1845, followed a very busy year when Mendelssohn was working in Berlin, as well as conducting a season with the London Philharmonic Society. He then returned to direct the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra .This trio is both lively and vigorous with much interplay between the the three instruments.

Brahms. Piano Trio No.1 in B major

Written for his friend,Joachim,in 1854, it received its first performance in New York with a pupil of Liszt, William Mason accompanying. This was later revised by Brahms, with an extensive alteration to the first movement and it is this revised version which will be the performed in this concert. It is the version Clara Schumann preferred, but Brahms allowed both versions to exist.

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The Fournier Trio

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Mozart. String Quartet in B flat K.589

Mozart composed this quartet in the spring of 1790, when he was deeply in debt and just a year before he died.The set has acquired the nickname 'Prussian' as they were dedicated to the King of Prussia, who was himself an amateur cellist. Six quartets were planned, but only three were completed and because of his parlous financial state, Mozart was compelled to sell them for some urgently needed cash. As one would expect, the cello part is full of activity and interest but not at the expense of the other instruments. Despite these tribulations, the work is full of energy and inventiveness and the Minuet and Trio are not the usual relaxing link with the outer movements.There are great sweeps for the violin which help to build the last movement's exciting almost Haydn - style climax.

Beethoven. String Quartet in F minor Op.95 'Serioso'.

Composed after the three Razumovsky quartets and before his last great works in this genre, this quartet stands alone. In some ways Beethoven is developing and experimenting with ideas he will return to later. Apart from its shorter length an interesting feature of this quartet is the use of a fugue in the third movement, which by then, had largely gone out of fashion.. Its forceful opening has been likened to 'a bull in a china shop' and the work is certainly full of power and invention and at times seems almost symphonic in form.

Schubert. String Quartet No.13 in A minor D.804 'Rosamunde'

Schubert completed this well loved work in 1824 and dedicated it to Ignaz Schuppanzigh, the Viennese violinist whose quartet premiered many of Beethoven's works. They gave its first performance in the March of that year. Like the Beethoven work that precedes it in this concert, this quartet is as far removed from Schubert's works such as the Death and the Maiden Quartet and his Ninth Symphony. He was very ill at the time and began to have a real sense of his own mortality. Here is a deeply felt work from a troubled soul.

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