Forthcoming Concerts

Saturday 7 October 2017, 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

BLUE HERON, directed by SCOTT METCALFE

Margot Rood, Teresa Wakim, Shari Alise Wilson, Jennifer Ashe, Pamela Dellal, Martin Near, Michael Barrett, Owen McIntosh, Mark Sprinkle,  Jason McStoots, Paul Guttry, David McFerrin, Steven Hrycelak
Hugh Sturmy (fl. 1520-1530)
Exultet in hac die
Hugh Aston (c. 1485-1558)
Ave Maria dive matris Anne
Robert Jones (fl. 1520-35)
Magnificat
Anonymous (fl. 1540)
Missa sine nomine

Described by the New York Times as ‘the outstanding early-music ensemble’, Blue Heron is engaged in the exploration of vocal music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods and is now firmly established as the finest choral ensemble of its type in North America. Based in Boston, and led by Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron offers a home subscription series in Harvard Square, and presents programmes in which original sources are used in the service of persuasive, vivid and exciting concert presentations. Its impressive catalogue of recordings offers a broad conspectus of Renaissance masterpieces, with many derived, in particular, from the great collection of Tudor church music surviving in manuscript in the collections of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and generally known as the ‘Peterhouse Part Books’.

Their concert for Camerata Musica Cambridge draws on this repertory, and offers one of its greatest masterpieces: the anonymous Mass, dating from the last years of Henry VIII’s reign, known as the Missa sine nomine ­–  a work that is the equal, in both beauty and sophistication, of anything by Byrd or Tallis.

Thursday 26 October 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

DAME MITSUKO UCHIDA

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Schubert
Sonata in B, D. 575
Schubert
Sonata in A minor, D. 845
Schubert
Sonata in D, D. 850

Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

Artist in Residence at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Mitsuko Uchida played her opening piano recital in this series in January 2017. This season also marks the start of a three-year collaboration with the Southbank Centre in London. In 2016 Mitsuko Uchida was appointed an Artistic Partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concerti from the keyboard in tours of major European venues and Japan.

Other recent highlights included an acclaimed performance of the Schönberg piano concerto with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski at the 2015 BBC Proms, play-directing the Cleveland Orchestra in performances at Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall, and two appearances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle. Recital tours in 2016 included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates closely with the world’s finest musicians. Following concerts with Dorothea Röschmann, the Ebène Quartet (who perform for Camerata Musica in January 2018) and Magdalena Kožená in 2015, Uchida also appeared in chamber music programmes with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the United States. This season, Mitsuko Uchida partners with Jörg Widmann for a series of concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Ellbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall.

In the second half of 2017 Mitsuko Uchida will embark on a Schubert Sonata series, featuring 12 of Schubert’s major works which she will tour throughout Europe and North America. She will also return to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals and appear with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano.

Dame Mitsuko Uchida is a former Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, and her October recital is her third for Camerata Musica.

Saturday 28 October 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

ANDREAS OTTENSAMER, clarinet, & JOSÉ GALLARDO

Mahler (arr. Kornfeil & Ottensamer)
‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’, from Rückert-Lieder
Mahler (arr. Kornfeil & Ottensamer)
‘Rheinlegendchen’, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mahler (arr. Kornfeil & Ottensamer)
‘Lob des hohen Verstands’, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mahler (arr. Kornfeil & Ottensamer)
‘Oft denk ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen’, from Kindertotenlieder
Brahms
Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Brahms
Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120, No. 2

Born in 1989, Andreas Ottensamer is the most celebrated clarinettist playing today. He began his University studies as a student at Harvard, but in 2009, at the age of twenty, he interrupted his studies to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is now the principal clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Ottensamer has won first prize in competitions for clarinet, cello and piano, and performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Pablo Heras-Casado and Alan Gilbert.

His artistic partnerships as chamber musician include work with Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Sol Gabetta and Yo-Yo Ma, and together with pianist José Gallardo he is artistic director of the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland. In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. His second album ‘Brahms – The Hungarian Connection’ won the Echo Klassik Award for Instrumentalist of the Year 2015.

A highlight of the current season was the Europakonzert of the Berlin Philharmonic, in May 2017, in which Andreas Ottensamer will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 under Mariss Jansons.

 

José Gallardo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his piano studies at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires, later moving to the Department of Music, University of Mainz, from which he graduated in 1997. The winner of many prizes, including the first prize at the Westphalia Music , he has performed in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania, and South America.

Chamber music cooperations include Alberto Lysy, the Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista and Linus Roth, Natascha Korsakova, Friedemann Eichhorn, Sung Hyun-Jung, Julius Berger, Martin Dobner and Andreas Ottensamer. Among his partners in masterclasses are Maxim Vengerov, Siegfried Palm, Bernard greenhouse, and Steven Isserlis.

Recent concerts have included performances at the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, the Teatro della Pergola Florence and the Wigmore Hall in London.

Saturday 4 November 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

MARIA JOÃO PIRES & MILOŠ POPOVIČ, piano solo & piano duet

Schumann
Drei Romanzen, Op. 28 (Maria João Pires)
Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, ‘Appassionata’ (Miloš Popovič)
Schumann
Waldszenen, Op. 82 (Maria João Pires)
Schumann
Bilder aus Osten: Sechs Impromptus, Op. 66 (Maria João Pires & Miloš Popovič)

Acclaimed as one of the greatest interpreters of the Classical and Romantic repertories alive today, Portuguese pianist Maria-João Pires is an artist who combines exquisite stylistic refinement with a serious effort to plumb the intellectual complexities and spiritual depths of music. Refusing to conform to the traditional image of a concert virtuoso, Pires emphasizes the spiritual dimensions of music, always searching for hidden meanings which may elude the analytical performer. In her performances of Romantic masters, particularly Chopin and Schumann, Pires masterfully reconciles her passionate experience of the music with an admirable appreciation for the inner logic of the work she is interpreting. Reflecting her vast emotional range, her tone, as critics have observed, encompasses a dizzying variety of intensities, from an almost imperceptible lightness to an imposing monumentality, with a rich scale of intervening nuances.

Pires made her London debut in 1986, and has since performed with the major European and American orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. An enormously successful recording artist, Pires records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, and among her many critically acclaimed discs are recordings of Chopin's Nocturnes, Schubert's Impromptus, Mozart concertos with Claudio Abbado, and Mozart's complete sonatas, which received the Grand Prix du Disque.

Born in Belgrade in 1985, Miloš Popovič studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with Biljana Gorunović then at the Conservatoire Royal, Brussels, with Yevgeny Moguilevsky, a collaboration that lasted more than ten years. Since 2014 he has worked closely with Maria João Pires and subsequently became an integral member of Mme Pires’s Partitura Project. He has also performed at many festivals including the Menuhin Gstaad Festival, Schubertiades Porrentruy, Menton, and Radio-France Montpellie Festival. Miloš has also worked with numerous orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Antwerp’s DeFilharmonie under conductors including Augustin Dumay, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Boris Brott and François Deppe.
 

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

CHRISTIAN GERHAHER, baritone, & JAMES CHEUNG, piano

Gesualdo
Moro, lasso, al mio duolo
Brahms
Five Lieder
Britten
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op. 74
Debussy
Trois Chansons de France, L. 115
Debussy
Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, L. 135
Schubert
Six Lieder from Schwanengesang, D. 957

German-born baritone Christian Gerhaher is widely acknowledged as among the finest singers performing today. His exemplary song interpretations with Gerold Huber and James Cheung 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 2017 he will appear as Wolfram von Eschenbach in the Bavarian State Opera’s new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser conducted by Kirill Petrenko. 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.

Pianist James Cheung studied with Tatiana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music and then at the Moscow Conservatoire with Alexander Mndojants. A scholar at the Britten-Pears programme, IMS Prussia Cove and the European Academy of Music, Provence, he appears regularly at such festivals as Aldeburgh, the City of London, and Aix-en-Provence. He is also Visiting Artist at the University of Oxford. As a song accompanist James has worked with some of the most distinguished artists today, and most notably with Christian Gerhaher, with whom he is partnered in this concert.

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

QUATUOR EBÈNE

Generously sponsored by Mr Nigel Brown, OBE

Pierre Colombet          Violin  

Gabriel Le Magadure  Violin

Adrien Boisseau          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 Ebène 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.