Forthcoming Concerts: Peterhouse Theatre and West Road Concert Hall

Friday 9 October 2020, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE - Beethoven 250th (1770-2020)

Pierre Colombet, violin

Gabriel Le Magadure, violin

Marie Chilemme, viola

Raphaël Merlin, cello

 

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Beethoven
Quartet in F, Op. 59, 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. In 2020, they present the entire cycle of the Beethoven quartets to mark their own 20th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 1770.

Sunday 11 October 2020, 3:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge NOTE EARLIER START TIME

IGOR LEVIT, piano - Beethoven 250th (1770-2020)

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Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Beethoven
Sonata in A-flat, Op. 26
Beethoven
Sonata in G, Op. 79
Beethoven
Sonata in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’

Lauded for his rare technical sophistication, refinement of tone and keen 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’ (London’s Sunday Times). The Los Angeles Times proclaimed in Spring 2015: ‘He is the future’.

 

The 2016 season introduces Igor Levit’s work on three of the piano literature’s paramount cyclical works – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Frederic Rzewski’s variation cycle The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Igor Levit performed all three variation cycles at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper in September 2015 before presenting the Goldberg Variations in New York’s Park Avenue Armory in collaboration with Marina Abramovic, Diabelli in London’s Wigmore Hall and Rzewski’s The People in Hamburg In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling.

 

Recent performances include Igor Levit’s debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko), National Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Bernhard Haitink) and NDR Sinfonieorchester (Thomas Hengelbrock). Return engagements reunite him with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Sir Roger Norrington), Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin (Osmo Vänskä) and the Royal Scottish National Symphony (Thomas Søndergård). In Spring 2016 he will make his debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (Jörg Widman) both in Ireland and at the Festival Heidelberger Frühling – a collaboration that will extend into 2017 featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and three Mozart concerti. Igor Levit continues his close relationship with the Heidelberger Frühling as the Artistic Director of the Festival’s Chamber Music Academy.

 

Photograph: © Robbie Lawrence

Friday 4 December 2020, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

SAMUEL HASSELHORN, baritone, HELMUT DEUTSCH, piano

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Schumann
Lieder from Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 45, and Vier Gesänge, Op. 142
Schumann
Liederkreis, Op. 39
Schumann
Dichterliebe, Op. 48

The distinguished German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn shot to international fame when he won the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, with a jury chaired by Thomas Quasthoff. Since then, he has gone on to win first prize in the 2018 SWR Jungen Opernstars [Young Opera Stars] competition of German South West Radio, adding to a portfolio of prizes that already included awards from the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Hugo Wolf Competition, Young Concert Artists Auditions New York, Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition Paris, and Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin. He performs regularly in leading roles at the Vienna State Opera.

 

In concert and recital he has appeared at Ravinia Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame de Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, Schubertiade Vilabertran and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Music Festival; opera highlights include Kaiser Overall in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Masetto in Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Lyon, and his debut at Leipzig Opera.

 

Helmut Deutsch ranks among the finest, most successful and in-demand song recital accompanists of the world. He was born in Vienna, where he studied at the Conservatory, the Music Academy and the University. He was awarded the Composition Prize of Vienna in 1965 and appointed professor at the age of twenty-four. Although he has performed with leading instrumentalists as a chamber musician, he has concentrated primarily on accompanying in song recitals. At the beginning of his career he worked with the soprano Irmgard Seefried, but the most important singer of his early years was Hermann Prey, whom he accompanied as a permanent partner for twelve years. Subsequently he has worked with many of the most important recital singers and played in the world's major music centres. His collaborations include Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Michael Volle, and Mauro Peter, as well as Samuel Hasselhorn. Helmut Deutsch's work is documented on more than a hundred recordings. 

Thursday 4 February 2021, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

ARCADI VOLODOS, piano

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Clementi
Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 5
Brahms
Fantasien, Op. 116
Schubert
Sonata in D, D. 850

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. 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.

 

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 & 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.

 

Saturday 13 February 2021, 5:15pm
Peterhouse Theatre - NOTE EARLIER START TIME

NOTOS QUARTETT

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Mahler
Piano Quartet in A minor (1876)
Mozart
Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Brahms
Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26

‘The Notos Quartett is a fantastic ensemble’ declared the great conductor Zubin Mehta on his first encounter with its musicianship. Similarly enthusiastic plaudits have greeted the Notos Quartet’s performances and recordings since its formation in 2007. The German music review Fono Forum lauded the Quartet as one of the ‘outstanding chamber music formations of our time’ and praised the musicians for their ‘profound musicality that goes straight to the heart.’ To an already long list of prizes and awards, the Notos Quartet added the highly prestigious ECHO Klassik Award of the German music critics as ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2017.

The year of 2018 includes debut performances at the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Tonhalle Zurich and the International House of Music in Moscow. In addition to appearances at the major festivals and in the leading concert halls throughout Europe such as the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Notos Quartet regularly travels extensively outside Europe, performing and giving masterclasses.

The Quartet records for Sony Classical.

Wednesday 24 February 2021, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

TRIO WANDERER

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Mendelssohn
Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66
Brahms
Piano Trio in B, Op. 8
Schumann
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63

Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its members are all alumni of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, and later studied in Bloomington’s School of Music and New York’s Julliard School. At the same time, they participated in master-classes with such masters as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean Hubeau, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Amadeus Quartet. The Trio’s international career was launched in 1988 when they won the ARD Competition in Munich, and their reputation was further consolidated in 1990 when they were victorious in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA.

 

Called a ‘Wandering Star’ by the Strad Magazine, the Trio has performed on the most prestigious music stages: Berlin’s Philharmonic, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Wiener Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Washington’s Library of Congress, Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They have also performed at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Montreux, Feldkirch, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau Musiksommmer, Colmar, Granada, Stresa, Osaka, and Salzburg.

Thursday 29 April 2021, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

ANGELA HEWITT, piano

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Couperin
Pièces de Clavecin (selected works)
Beethoven
Variations and Fugue in E-flat, ‘Eroica’, Op. 35
Brahms
Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

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 interpreters of 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. 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 was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, has seven honorary doctorates, and is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse.

 

Photograph: © Lorenzo Dogana