|Course:||Chamber Music Weekend with The Albion Quartet & Terry Barfoot|
|Tutor:||Albion Quartet, Terry Barfoot & Miguel Da Silva|
|Start Date:||26th January 2018|
|End Date:||28th January 2018|
|Res Fee (from):||£506.00|
|Non Res Fee:||£400.00 What's included?|
This weekend is one of the cultural highlights of the year, with live performances in the intimate surroundings of the Hanning Room in the House. Beneath the glittering crystal chandelier we will hear four concerts by the Albion Quartet, who will be joined by one of Europe’s finest violists, Miguel Da Silva of the Ÿsaÿe Quartet, for a performance of Dvořák’s String Quintet in E flat major, Opus 97. The other featured composers will include Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Britten.
Musicologist Terry Barfoot will provide the context for the performances with a series of illustrated lectures, and there will be full programme notes.
Concert 1 Friday evening
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’
Dvořák: String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 51
Concert 2 Saturday morning
Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 74 ‘The Harp’
Dvořák: String Quartet in F minor, Opus 9
Concert 3 Saturday evening
Britten: String Quartet No. 2
Dvořák: String Quartet in F major, Opus 96 ‘American’
Concert 4 Sunday morning
Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Opus 76 No. 3 ‘Emperor’
Dvořák: String Quintet in E flat major, Opus 97
A shared belief in the visceral, communicative power of the string quartet has brought together four outstanding performers of their generation to form the Albion Quartet. Following years of close collaboration, these players are delighted to further their reputation for creative and imaginative performances in this exciting new venture. Forthcoming engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Concertgebouw and the Aldeburgh Festival, as well as a residency at London’s Kings Place in the 2017/18 season. They are currently Quartet-in-Residence at Gresham’s School, opening Gresham's new Britten Concert Hall in 2017. In 2017 they also embark on their first season as co-artistic directors of the Sainte-Mère Festival, France, and return to the Honeymead Festival as the resident ensemble.
A thirst to explore the string quartet repertoire through innovative programming is quickly becoming the quartet's benchmark. The ensemble's creative curiosity has led them to curate concerts focused around specific themes and presenting lesser-known works alongside core quartet repertoire - a characteristic manifested in their Kings Place programmes. Through the themes of Mentors, War, Folk and Hymn, the quartet will explore the music of a great variety of composers ranging from Haydn, Schubert, Ravel, Dvořák, as well as Britten and Adès. Every programme will go on a musical voyage linking each one of these themes to British and European music throughout different periods in time.
The Albion Quartet feels a particular affinity for the chamber music of Antonin Dvořák. Whilst the 'American' quartet is a much-loved part of the quartet canon, the majority of Dvořák's quartets (he wrote fourteen in total) are rarely performed. Following on from their residency at Snape Maltings in 2018, their debut recordings of Dvořák’s quartets will be released in 2018, the first in a series of discs for Signum Records.
They play a stunning quartet of instruments, including a Stradivarius and Guarnerius.
For further information visit the Albion's website
Terry Barfoot is a well-known figure in the musical life of southern England, who has written widely about music and opera, and is Publications Consultant to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has lectured, for example, at the British Library, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Opera House, the Three Choirs Festival and at Oxford University, where last year he gave a series of lectures on Sibelius. His latest book, a History of Music written for Omnibus Press, was published in October 2014.
Terry is Vice President of the Arthur Bliss Society, the Havant Orchestras, Southampton Music Club and Portsmouth Baroque Choir, and an Honorary Member of the Berlioz Society. With his own company, Arts in Residence, he promotes musical events at agreeable locations throughout Britain and in Europe, and recently led visits to Prague, Leipzig, Vienna, Amsterdam and Berlin. He is a regular visitor to Dillington.
Miguel Da Silva
Franco-Swiss musician, Miguel da Silva was born in Reims in 1961. He started studying at the Conservatoire of his native city before moving to Paris where he was a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with Serge Collot. He was awarded first prize in chamber music and also for viola (unanimously with special vote by the jury). In 1985 he won the first Prize of the International chamber music competition in Paris (sonata).
His passion for string quartet led him to found the Ysaÿe Quartet with 3 of his friends. The Ysaÿe Quartet has then studied with the Amadeus String Quartet. After winning the first prizes in Evian, the members of the Ysaÿe Quartet soon started an international career that led them throughout the world, from Japan to America. This brillant thirty year carrer was brought to an end in January 2014, after a major series of concerts, with a special emphasis on the music of Beethoven.
In the past few years, engagements either as a solo player or with his quartet have led him to the Wigmore Hall in London and most of the greatest concert halls in Europe (Munich/Herkulesaal, Venice/Teatro della Fenice, Copenhague, Helsinki, Amsterdam/Concertgebouw, Hannover, Basel, Baden-Baden, Salzburg/Festspielhaus, Leipzig ) and he has toured in Belgium, USA, Japan and Italy.
Miguel da Silva has appeared as a soloist with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Franz-Liszt orchestra of Budapest, the Orchestra de Bretagne, and the Orchestre “Les Siecles”. As a very sought for chamber music player, his partners are Michel Portal, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Paul Meyer, Leonidas Kavakos, Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Nikita Boriso-Glebksy, Antonio Meneses, Jean-François Heisser, Truls Mork, Henri Demarquette, Gary Hoffmann, Emmanuel Pahud, Christophe Coin…
Parallelly to his Cds with the Ysaÿe Quartet, Miguel da Silva has recorded under the labels Accord, Valois-Auvidis, Philips, Harmonia Mundi etc… He also founded his own record company : Ysaÿe Records, and under the label Nascor, offers young musicians the opportunity to make their very first recording.
In 1994, he started a class of string quartets (premiere in France !) and has since then been teaching a whole new generation of french and european quartets and chamber music groups at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In 2008, he was appointed as a professor in Luebeck’s Musikhochschule (Germany)- where he took over Walter Levine’s position, as a tutor at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA)and for Vienna Music University’s Summer Academy (ISA). In 2009, he joined Geneva’s Haute Ecole de Musique (Switzerland) as a viola and chamber music teacher, and became the artistic director of Villecroze’ Académie musicale (France)
He has just been appointed Master in Residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where he will join Jose Van Dam (barytone), Augustin Dumay (violin), Maria Joao Pires (piano), and Gary Hoffman (cello).
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