Forthcoming Concerts: Peterhouse Theatre and West Road Concert Hall

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CHRISTIAN GERHAHER, baritone, & GEROLD HUBER, piano

Mahler
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1885)
Mahler
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1887-1901)
Mahler
Kindertotenlieder (1904)

German-born baritone Christian Gerhaher is widely acknowledged as among the finest singers performing today. His exemplary song interpretations with Gerold Huber have set new standards for the German Lied and their recordings have repeatedly won prizes — among them The Gramophone Classical Music Award 2015. He can be heard on the stages of major international recital centres, among them Carnegie Halle New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie. He is a frequent guest in the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna as well as in the Wigmore Hall in London; and a regular guest at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals as well as the Salzburg Festival.

Besides his principal activity giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage and has received numerous prizes for his work in music drama, among the Laurence Olivier Award and the theatre prize Der Faust. Under Riccardo Muti, he sang Papageno in a production of The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival, and his roles range from Don Giovanni to Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (for the Zurich Opera House). In June and July 2019, he will appear in the Royal Opera House's production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. His partnerships with conductors include some of the most distinguished names of the last thirty years, among them Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann. He records exclusively for Sony Music.

Munich-born Gerold Huber studied with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and has worked with Christian Gerhaher since their schooldays together. In the role of Lied pianist he regularly appears at festivals such as Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Schwetzingen Festival and Rheingau Music Festival and major venues including Philharmonie Cologne, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Lincoln Center and Armory or Carnegie hall in New York and Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Gerold Huber’s activities as a soloist focus on the works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert, and in recent years he has given a series of highly acclaimed master classes, at Yale University, the Aldeburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals. Gerold Huber is also artistic director of the music festival, Pollinger Tage: Alter und Neuer Musik.

Friday 18 October 2019, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

LUCAS & ARTHUR JUSSEN, pianos

Mozart
Sonata in D for Two Pianos, K. 448
Schubert
Fantasie in F minor, D. 940
Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring (Version for Two Pianos, 1913)

The Dutch-born brothers, Lucas and Arthur Jussen, have established reputations as being preeminent among the finest pianists of their generation, both individually as soloists, and in the extensive repertory for piano duo. The great Portuguese Maria João Pires was an early mentor, as was Menachem Pressler, the pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio - both masters who have given recitals for Camerata Musica in earlier seasons.

Their talents were early recognized by Deutsche Grammophon -  one of music’s most prestigious labels - which gave them an exclusive contract in 2010, when both Jussen brothers were still in their ’teens. Their debut CD of works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek Publieksprijs. This has been followed by CDs of music by Schubert (which received gold status), Ravel and other French masters, and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.

They have performed as a duo with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, the Rotterdam and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestras, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and other major internationally acclaimed ensembles, with conductors of the calibre of Jaap van Zweden, Elihu Inbal, Sir Neville Marriner, and Frans Brüggen. Recital programmes have taken them to many of the world’s most distinguished concert venues, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Herkulessaal (Munich), the Konzerthaus (Vienna), and the Palau de la Música (Barcelona). Both brothers have distinguished careers as soloists, in addition to their work as a duo.

Friday 8 November 2019, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

CUARTETO CASALS & ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, piano

Vera Martínez Mehner, violin

Abel Tomàs, violin

Jonathan Brown, viola

Arnau Tomàs, cello

 

Mozart
Quartet in B-flat, K. 589
Beethoven
Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, ‘Quartetto serioso’
Brahms
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

‘A quartet for the new millennium if I ever heard one’, wrote a reviewer for Strad Magazine on hearing Cuarteto Casals for the first time, shortly after its inception in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid. Since its debut, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most festivals and prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade festival in Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Japan. This summer, they share a stage at the Salzburg Festival with the pianist Igor Levit, who played for Camerata Musica Cambridge last term.

The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the Harmonia Mundi label, including to date eleven CDs, with repertoire ranging from the lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to the Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert, and on to Brahms, and the 20th-Century greats: Bartók, Kurtág and Ligeti. Since 2015, the quartet has been recording its first Beethoven CDs, and has released a five-DVD set of the compelete Schubert quartets, recorded live at L’Auditori in Barcelona in 2013.

It has ‘a sonic signature entirely its own,’ enthused the New York Times, describing Cuarteto Casals’ distinctive range of expression. In recognition of Cuarteto Casals’ unique position as the first Spanish string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honoured with Spain’s Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet has accompanied the King of Spain on diplomatic visits, and often performed on the peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and is Quartet in Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside. 

 

Alexander Melnikov 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 7 December 2019, 5:00pm
Peterhouse Theatre (please note early start)

KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT, fortepiano (Beethoven 250 Celebrations)

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME OF 5:00 PM

 

Beethoven
Rondo No.1 in C and No. 2 in G, Op. 51
Beethoven
Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, ‘The Tempest’
Beethoven
Sonata in D, Op. 10, No. 3
Beethoven
Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979 and now resident in London, he first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. Kristian Bezuidenhout is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).

He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore & Matthias Goerne.

Kristian's rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart (Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, & Caecilia Prize); Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester (ECHO Klassik); Beethoven, & Mozart Lieder, and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (Edison Award). In 2013 he was nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year. Recent releases include Volume 2 of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

For this concert, Kristian Bezuidenhout plays a Broadwood grand piano made in late 1816 . The instrument is identical in design and technical specification to Beethoven's own piano in his later years, a Broadwood grand piano made shortly after the instrument played in this concert, which was despatched by John Broadwood to Beethoven in Vienna in December 1817.

Camerata Musica and the Master and Fellows of Peterhouse record their gratitude to Mr Dilip Chandra and Mr Fred Shahrabani, whose generosity has made the acquisition and restoration of this historic instrument possible.

 

Friday 24 January 2020, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE (Beethoven 250 Celebrations)

Pierre Colombet, violin

Gabriel Le Magadure, violin

Marie Chilemme, viola

Raphaël Merlin, cello

 

Beethoven
Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
Beethoven
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Founded in Paris in 1999, 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 (who performed for Camerata Musica in April 2018). The quartet has also released a critically acclaimed recording of the great Schubert Quintet in C with Gautier Capuçon (who also performs to Camerata Musica, later in this season). 

In 2020, the Quatuor Ébène will be presenting the entire cycle of the Beethoven quartets to mark their own 20th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 1770.

Friday 31 January 2020, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

IGOR LEVIT, piano

Bach-Brahms
Chaconne from the Partita for Solo Violin in D minor, BWV 1004 (1877)
Busoni
Fantasia after J. S. Bach, BV 253
Schumann
Theme and Variations in E-flat, WoO 24, ‘Geistervariationen’
Wagner-Liszt
Solemn March to the Holy Grail from Parsifal, S. 450
Liszt-Busoni
Fantasia and Fugue on the Chorale ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam’, S. 259

Lauded for his rare technical sophistication, refinement of tone and innovative programmatic explorations, Igor Levit continues to make his mark on the classical music world as ‘one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation’ (The New York Times) and as a true artist ‘authentic in the most profound meaning of the word’ (The Sunday Times). The Los Angeles Times proclaimed in Spring 2015 that ‘He is the future’.

Levit has more than justified these early plaudits. His recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Frederic Rzewski’s variation cycle The People United Will Never Be Defeated have been garlanded with honours; and in 2018 he was appointed Gilmore Artist of the Year, one of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in the musical world. Performances of the complete Beethoven Sonatas at Wigmore Hall and in other major European concert venues have consolidated his reputation as an artist of formidable intelligence and masterly command of the keyboard.

In October 2018, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s highly anticipated fourth album for the label, Life – which includes many of the works that he will play in his recital for Camerata Musica. Recent highlights include his critically acclaimed debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala and Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester. In 2019, he joins the Vienna Philharmonic on a tour which also includes his highly anticipated orchestral soloist debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Monday 24 February 2020, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PAVEL HAAS QUARTET & BORIS GILTBURG, piano

Veronika Jarůšková, violin

Marek Zwiebel, violin

Jiří Kabát, viola

Peter Jarůšek, cello

 

Shostakovich
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Dvořák
Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

Following their victory in the Prague Spring Festival Competition and Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet soon established themselves as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary chamber ensembles. Performing at the most renowned concert venues around the globe, the Pavel Haas Quartet has to date recorded six critically acclaimed CDs, which have received numerous prestigious awards.

In 2007, the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) named the Pavel Haas Quartet one of its Rising Stars, following which they were afforded the opportunity to give numerous high-profile concert appearances all over the world. Between 2007 and 2009, the Pavel Haas Quartet held the title of BBC New Generation Artist. In 2010, the ensemble was granted a classical music fellowship from the Borletti–Buitoni Trust. Recent highlights have included concerts at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague as artist-in-residence of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, performances at Edinburgh International, Schubertiade and East Neuk Festivals as well as at the Wigmore Hall, Paris Théâtre de la Ville, Brussels Bozar, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Florence Teatro della Pergola, Essen Philharmonie Essen, as well as tours of the US and Canada.

‘Truly exceptional … the range of Boris Giltburg’s playing - from colour to pacing to emotional shading and sheer heady propulsion - makes for compulsive listening’, declared the BBC Music Magazine. The Moscow-born, Israeli pianist is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter. Critics have praised his ‘singing line, variety of touch and broad dynamic palette capable of great surges of energy’ (The Washington Post) as well as his impassioned, narrative-driven approach to performance: ‘the interplay of spiritual calm and emphatic engagement is gripping, and one could not wish for a more illuminating, lyrical or more richly phrased interpretation’ (Suddeutsche Zeitung). At home in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, in recent years he has been increasingly recognized as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninov: ‘His originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.’ (The Gramophone).

Tuesday 3 March 2020, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

GAUTIER CAPUÇON, cello, & JÉRÔME DUCROS, piano

Chopin
Introduction & Polonaise brillante in C, Op. 3
Chopin
Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Franck
Sonata in A (1886)

Gautier Capuçon is one of the most celebrated cellists performing today. Acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, Capuçon performs regularly with the leading conductors and orchestras. Each season he is invited by many of the world's leading orchestras, including the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco and London. He regularly works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a chamber musician, he performs annually in the major halls and festivals with partners such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Artemis and Ébène Quartets.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon has won multiple awards and holds an extensive discography. His recordings include concertos by Shostakovich (Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev) and Saint-Saëns (Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier), the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley, and Schubert's String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet. His disk of Schumann works with Bernard Haitink, Martha Argerich and Renaud Capuçon was released in January 2019 to great critical acclaim.

Jérôme Ducros was born in Avignon in 1974 and began to study music at the age of six. As a soloist he appears with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyons and the Paris and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras. He performs chamber music with Augustin Dumay, Michel Dalberto, Tabea  Zimmermann, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jerome Pernoo, Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon; and he regularly tours with the vocalists Diana Damrau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ian Bostridge, Stéphanie d'Oustrac and Philippe Jaroussky. Has performed the world premieres of works by Henri Dutilleux, Philippe Leroux, Pierre Boulez and many other leading composers.

Jérôme Ducros has also achieved international success as a composer. His works include pieces for cello and piano, a piano trio, a trio for two cellos and piano, a piano quintet, song cycles and a concerto for piano and cello.

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

ARCADI VOLODOS, piano

Liszt
Sonetto del Petrarca No. 123 in A-flat, S. 161 No. 6
Liszt
La lugubre gondola, S. 200 No. 2
Liszt
St. François d'Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux, S. 175 No. 1
Liszt
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
Schumann
Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Born in St Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos is amongst the most sought-after pianists of our day. Since making his New York debut in 1996, Volodos has performed throughout the world in recital and with the most eminent orchestras and conductors. Since his Gramophone Award-winning debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, released by Sony Classical in 1999, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums. These include revelatory interpretations of Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, and live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, conducted by James Levine, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. His Vienna Musikverein recital from 2010 was released on CD and DVD to rapturous international critical acclaim. Volodos Plays Brahms, released in April 2017 –  an album of thirteen piano pieces by Johannes Brahms, including Opus 117 and 118 and a selection of Op. 76 – was immediately considered a landmark on the music scene, and has since been awarded the Edison Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or.

He has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, , Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov and Riccardo Chailly.

Piano recitals have played a central role in Volodos’s artistic life since he began his career. His repertoire includes major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel together with less often performed pieces by Mompou and de Falla. Volodos is a regular guest of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and appears regularly in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Brussels, Munich as well as at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron and the Salzburg Festival.

Friday 9 October 2020, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE (Beethoven 250 Celebrations)

Pierre Colombet, violin

Gabriel Le Magadure, violin

Marie Chilemme, viola

Raphaël Merlin, cello

 

Booking for this concert will be available from May 2020.

 

Beethoven
Quartet in F, Op. 51, No. 1 ‘Razumovsky’
Beethoven
Beethoven, Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130
Beethoven
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

Founded in Paris in 1999, 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 (who performed for Camerata Musica in April 2018). The quartet has also released a critically acclaimed recording of the great Schubert Quintet in C with Gautier Capuçon (who also performs to Camerata Musica, later in this season). 

In 2020, the Quatuor Ébène will be presenting the entire cycle of the Beethoven quartets to mark their own 20th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 1770. This is their second concert as part of Camerata Musica's Beethoven 250th Celebrations.