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Friday 12 October 2018, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Master Pianists II: ANGELA HEWITT, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Please note that the duration of this concert, including the interval, will be approximately 2 hours 50 minutes.

Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Book II, BWV 870-893

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her interpretations of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost exponents in our time.

Angela Hewitt’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as ‘one of the record glories of our age’ (The Sunday Times). Her much-awaited recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue appeared in 2014, and immediately hit the charts in the UK and USA. Her discography also includes albums of Couperin, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, and Granados. With conductor Hannu Lintu she has recorded two albums of Mozart Piano Concertos (the most recent one with the National Arts Centre Orchestra won a Juno Award in Canada), the Schumann Piano Concerto with the DSO Berlin, and Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony. New releases include her first disc of Scarlatti Sonatas, and her sixth volume of Beethoven Sonatas (including ‘Les Adieux’). In 2016, Angela Hewitt was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ thanks to her popularity with music lovers around the world. Her second recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released in September 2016.

At the invitation of London’s Wigmore Hall, Angela Hewitt is currently performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of twelve recitals over four years, which began in September 2016. ‘The Bach Odyssey’ will also be presented complete in New York (92nd Street Y), Tokyo, and Ottawa.

Named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the same year. In 2015 Angela Hewitt was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and has seven honorary doctorates.

Angela Hewitt is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

Master Pianists I: MITSUKO UCHIDA

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Sonata in E flat, D. 568
Sonata in A minor, D. 784
Sonata in A, D. 959

Legendary pianist Dame 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. For the start of the Camerata Musica 2018/19 Season, she returns to Cambridge for the second concert in her series dedicated to the piano sonatas of Franz Schubert. The first of these Cambridge concerts took place in October 2017.

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 in Japan in the course of 2016 and 2017. 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 performed 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.

Since 2017, Mitsuko Uchida has embarked on a Schubert Sonata series, featuring twelve 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, Cambridge, and her October recital is her fourth for Camerata Musica.

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


Schwanengesang, D. 957

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.



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


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

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


Generously sponsored by Mr Nigel Brown, OBE

Pierre Colombet          Violin  

Gabriel Le Magadure  Violin

Marie Chilemme         Viola

Raphaël Merlin           Cello


Quartet in D minor, K. 421*
Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

*Please note change of programme.

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.