Forthcoming Concerts

Friday 26 January 2018, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE

Generously sponsored by Mr Nigel Brown, OBE

Pierre Colombet          Violin  

Gabriel Le Magadure  Violin

Marie Chilemme         Viola

Raphaël Merlin           Cello

 

Beethoven
Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2
Bartók
Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
Beethoven
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

During the last decade, the Quatuor Ébène has established itself as one the most innovative and adventurous of all quartets performing in the major concert halls of the world. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open-mindedness with new forms, the musicians have won a string of major prizes and regularly receive five-star reviews for their concerts.

In 2005, the ensemble won the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, and since then, the Foundation has worked with the musicians to make it possible for them to play priceless instruments from private collections. Awards for their recordings include the ECHO Klassik Prize, the BBC Music Magazine Award and the Midem Classic Award. Recent projects have included, in autumn 2014, the 90th birthday concert in Paris for Menachem Pressler (who performed for Camerata Musica in October 2011). In 2015 and 2016 the quartet focused on the genre of the song, collaborating with Philippe Jaroussky for the CD Mélodies françaises, which won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2016, and they have also released a Schubert CD with Matthias Goerne in the composer's Lieder. They have also released a critically acclaimed recording of the great Schubert Quintet in C with Gautier Capuçon. 

Thursday 15 February 2018, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello, & ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, piano

Beethoven
Variations in F on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Op. 66
Beethoven
Sonata in A, Op. 69
Beethoven
Sonata in C, Op. 102, No. 1
Beethoven
Sonata in D, Op. 102, No. 2

Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the finest cellists performing today. His recordings of the complete Suites for solo cello by Bach are widely regarded as the best since Pablo Casals's recordings in the 1930s. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others, and he and is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

Alexander Melnikov is one of the most gifted and versatile pianists performing today. A virtuoso in the great Russian tradition, yet equally at home as a performer on early keyboard instruments, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and his career was much influenced by an early encounter with Sviatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. As a soloist, Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others, and under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, and Valery Gergiev.  His recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the ‘50 Greatest Recordings of All Time’.  His superlative recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ for 2015.

Saturday 28 April 2018, 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

MATTHIAS GOERNE, baritone, & ALEXANDER SCHMALCZ, piano

Schubert
Lieder (programme details to be announced)

Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at the world’s renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras on every continent. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners. Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he has recently recorded a series of selected Schubert songs on 11 CDs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne Schubert Edition) with pianists including Christoph Eschenbach and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

A regular recital partner of Matthias Goerne since 2004, Alexander Schmalcz began his musical studies as a chorister in the Dresden Kreuzchor, later continuing them at the Dresden Conservatoire, the Utrecht Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied both with Iain Burnside and Graham Johnson. His numerous prizes include the Gerald Moore Award (1996) and the Megan Foster Accompanist Prize. He performs regularly in the most important cultural centres of Europe, the Americas and Japan, among them the Wigmore Hall in London, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Frauenkirche Dresden. His work in Lieder has involved him in collaborations with international singers such as Matthias Goerne, Peter Schreier, Grace Bumbry, Konrad Jarnot, Stephan Genz, Christoph Genz, Marcus Ullmann, Stephan Loges and Doris Soffel.