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

CHRISTIAN GERHAHER, baritone, & JAMES CHEUNG, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
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.

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

MARIA JOÃO PIRES & MILOŠ POPOVIČ, piano solo & piano duet - SOLD OUT

Please note: as Ms Pires has just announced that she will retire from the concert hall as from the beginning of 2018, this concert for Camerata Musica Cambridge will be among Ms Pires's very last public performances. Camerata Musica is deeply honoured to be hosting this event.

 

Schubert
Allegro in A minor, D. 947, 'Lebensstürme' (Maria João Pires and Miloš Popovič)
Schubert
Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Maria João Pires)
Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, 'Appassionata' (Miloš Popovič)
Schubert
Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 (Maria João Pires and 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.

This concert forms part of the Partitura Project, a movement founded by a collective of artists, including Maria João Pires, who question their role and responsibility - be it æsthetic, ethical, social, pedagogical or spiritual - in a society where some of the most fundamental human values seem in crisis. It is the group’s aim to enable an open dialogue between different genres of art and science, and to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of humans in their environment.

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

ANDREAS OTTENSAMER, clarinet, & JOSÉ GALLARDO

Brahms
Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
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
Intermezzo in A, Op. 118, No. 2
Brahms
Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3
Schumann
Drei Fantasiestücke, Op. 111
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 performed 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.

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

DAME MITSUKO UCHIDA - SOLD OUT

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 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.

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

BELCEA QUARTET & JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne

Corina Belcea (violin)

Axel Schacher (violin)

Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)

Antoine Lederlin (cello)

Schubert
Quartet in D minor, D. 810 'Death and the Maiden'
Schubert
Quintet in C, D. 956

The Belcea Quartet performs regularly to great acclaim in concert halls across the world: among them the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Quartet also appears regularly at the Salzburg, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Fröst, Valentin Erben, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne. The Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010.

The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape, England. This recording was released under ZigZag Territoires, the quartet’s new label. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical acclaim: it has been recognized with such prizes as the ECHO Klassik Award, among many others.

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 made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut - to unanimous acclaim - in 2008.

 

Thursday 2 March 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CUARTETO CASALS

Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
Beethoven
Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2
Bartók
Quartet No. 3, Sz 85
Mendelssohn
Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

‘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 prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Japan.

The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the Harmonia Mundi label, including to date eleven CDs, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through to 20th Century greats Bartók, Kurtag 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 the 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 Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside.

 

Thursday 9 February 2017, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Mozart
Fantasie in C minor, K. 475
Mozart
Sonata in C minor, K. 457
Janáček
On an Overgrown Path, Book II (1911)
Chopin
Three Mazurkas, Op. 56
Chopin
Three Mazurkas, Op. 59
Chopin
Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61

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 and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the 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. 

Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach's Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. His affinity with the music of his compatriot Szymanowski is captured in a highly-praised recording of the composer’s solo piano works, which received the Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2006 for best instrumental disc. His recording devoted to solo works by Robert Schumann received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. Anderszewski's latest disc of Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015. 

Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's opus 120, whilst the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third film by Monsaingeon, Anderszewski Plays Schumann was made for Polish Television and first broadcast in 2010. 

In the 2015-16 season Anderszewski will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performing in Austria and Switzerland with the Camerata Salzburg and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His recital appearances will include the Lucerne Festival at the Piano, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt and London’s Wigmore Hall.