Saturday 12 October 2013,
Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT, fortepiano
Mozart, Sonata in C major, K. 545, 'Für Anfänger'
Mozart, Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Mozart, Suite for Keyboard in C major, K. 399
Mozart, Sonata in A major, K. 331, 'Alla Turca'
Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht; the festivals of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schleswig Holstein, Tangelwood and Luzern and Mostly Mozart Lincoln Center, and at many of the world’s most important concert halls including the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Since 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recent recordings include Volumes 1, 2 & 3 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart (prizes include Diapason D'or, a Caecilia Prize, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik); Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (both won Edison Awards). His recording of Beethoven violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova (ONYX label) won an Echo Award for the best chamber music album of 2011. A disc of Mozart Piano Concertos (K. 453 & 482) with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was released in November, 2012.
Friday 22 November 2013,
Generously sponsored by Sir Ralph Kohn FRS
ADRIAN BRENDEL, cello & IMOGEN COOPER, piano
Bach, Suite no. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Schubert, Sonata in A minor, ‘Arpeggione’, D. 821
Rachmaninov, Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music.
Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire.
Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also undertaken tours with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Imogen Cooper has played with all the major British orchestras and has particularly close relationships with the Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included New York, Chicago, Paris, Vienna, Prague and London.
Tuesday 28 January 2014,
Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
ENSEMBLE VILLA MUSICA, MAINZ
led by BORIS GARLITSKY, violin
Gál, Preludio and Canzone, Op. 35
Tchaikovsky, Sextet in D minor ‘Souvenir de Florence’, Op. 70
Mendelssohn, String Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
The Ensemble Villa Musica (EVM) is a chamber group that has garnered much praise for its spirited performances in varied repertory since its founding in 1990. The number of players in the ensemble can vary according to the work performed, typically expanding from a duo to a quintet or all the way to a nonet, though the number of ensemble members is nearly 20 and can thus accommodate larger works. The group's repertory is broad, encompassing compositions by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Hindemith, Martinu, as well as contemporary composers such as Penderecki and Hans Werner Henze. The ensemble has recorded for the German label MDG and for Naxos.
Ensemble Villa Musica was founded in 1990 when a group of principal players from several of Germany's major orchestras assembled for master classes in Mainz under the state-sponsored Villa Musica foundation. The players decided to form the group with no limitations in repertory, but with a focus on neglected masterworks of the past. Most of the members retained their posts in orchestras and/or on the faculties of universities or music schools.
Described by the conductor Kurt Masur as a 'musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully rounded tone', Boris Garlitsky has achieved international eminence as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. His solo career began in 1982 when he won the Italian Paganini Competition. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and in chamber music with a series of internationally eminent musicians, including Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Maria-João Pires, and others.
Boris Garlitsky is an active participant in several international music festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Mostly Mozart in New York, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie. He took part in the inaugural Camerata Musica season of 2006/7.
Saturday 15 February 2014,
Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano
Bach, Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
Beethoven, Bagatelles, Op. 126
Janácek, On an Overgrown Path, 1900-12
Beethoven, Sonata No. 31 in A Flat, Op. 110
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.
In recent seasons he has given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg and Munich's Herkulessaal. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
In the 2013-14 season Anderszewski will appear with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, the Orchestre de Paris, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Philharmonia Orchestra. He will also tour Scotland and Europe with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, playing and directing from the keyboard. His recital engagements include appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Berlin Schiller Theater. He will also partner violinist Nikolaj Znaider in recitals, as well as appearing with his regular chamber partners the Belcea Quartet.
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and is recognised today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Their mentors include Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.
Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia. In July 2007, the ensemble welcomed new members Gregor Sigl and Friedemann Weigle; in August 2012, the Latvian violinist Vineta Sareika took up the post of 1st violin. In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Society awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven's works. Film director Bruno Monsaingeon created an impressive portrait of the musicians and their performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge op. 133 in his 2001 film 'Strings Attached'.
The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics since 2005; they can boast of an extensive discography. Their recordings have been recognized with the prestigious 'Gramophone Award' as well as the 'Diapason d'Or' and the ECHO-Klassik (twice).
Friday 23 May 2014,
Old Divinity School Recital Hall, St John's College
Lawrence Zazzo, Countertenor & Simon Lepper, Piano
Purcell/Britten, Lord, what is Man?, We sing to Him, Job’s Curse, Evening Hymn,
Mussorgsky, The leaves rustled sadly, Tsar’ Saul, Softly the Spirit flew up to Heaven, The Seminarist,
Poulenc, Chansons gaillardes,
Iain Bell, These motley fools, (world première*)
Poulenc, William Bolcom (excerpts),
Romanticism and realism intertwine in many of the works in Lawrence Zazzo’s recital. The American countertenor moves from Britten’s realisations of songs from Purcell’s Harmonia Sacra to works by Musorgsky, including settings of Tsar’ Saul, based on Byron, and The Seminarist, a comic portrait of a would-be priest preoccupied with thoughts of his mentor’s daughter.
The American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is one of the most outstanding singers of his generation. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate in both English and Music from Yale University and King’s College, Cambridge, Lawrence made his operatic debut as Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream to great acclaim while completing his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
He has since appeared in many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert halls. His opera roles include the title role in Giulio Cesare (Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris, London, Brussels, Seville, Bilbao), the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo (Toronto, Oslo, Netherlands), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rome, Lyon, Toronto), Farnace Mitridate (Munich), the title role in Radamisto (English National Opera), Arsamene Serse (Theatre des Champs-Elysees, English National Opera), Goffredo Rinaldo (Berlin Staatsoper, Zurich, Opéra de Montpellier); Ottone Agrippina (Brussels, Frankfurt, Theatre des Champs-Elysees), Endimione La Calisto (Munich, Brussels, Paris), Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea (Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Vienna), Ruggiero in Orlando Furioso (Frankfurt), and the title roles in Handel’s Sosarme (Sao Carlos, Lisbon) and Alessandro (Karlsruhe).
Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
As a student, Simon won several awards for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award, the Geoffrey Parsons Award as well as the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier, Maggie Teyte, Richard Tauber and Royal Overseas League competitions.
*Commissioned by Wigmore Hall with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation