Concerts coming up this summer

Posted By on January 7, 2011

This is the time of year when our concerts get organised. As explained in an earlier blog, I am forbidden to advertise specific events outside membership of the “Rode Chamber Music Club” and therefore I cannot give the dates here. I am allowed, though, to advertise the benefits of joining the club, and so I can reveal who is playing what. Contact me and join the club (which is quite free, of course) if you are interested.

There are five concerts planned – probably six – making it our busiest summer ever.

So, then, in no particular order, we’re having a very welcome return visit by the Szymanowski Quartet, that is, Andrey Bielow, Grzegorz Kotow, Vladimir Mykitka and Marcin Sieniawski. The programme is not fixed yet, but it is likely to include Haydn’s Op. 77 No 1, Szymanowski’s Op. 56 No. 2 and Beethoven’s Op 18 No 2.

The Osbon Ensemble, who gave a brilliant performance of the rarely-heard Schubert octet here last year, return losing only one player to perform the Beethoven septet, Op. 20. All eight players will be present, though, as the first half, which will consist of various pieces for wind and strings, demands two violinists.

The Epomeo Ensemble have a new leading violin – Caroline Chin – and she joins David Yang and Kenneth Woods to play Strauss: Variations on “das Deandl is harb auf Mi”, Gal: String Trio, Op. 104, Kile Smith- Two New England Hymns and Beethoven’s String Trio in G, Op 9 no. 1. Do not be alarmed if you are unfamiliar with the work of Gal or Kile Smith – these are accessible pieces that have been very well received elsewhere.

The Kopelman Quartet. Misha Kopelman returns with, in the view of many, the world’s finest string quartet. He is joined by professor Boris Kuschnir, who plays his Stradivari, (courtesy of the Austrian National Bank), Igor Sulyga and Mikhail Milman. You will never hear a finer performance of Borodin’s Quartet No. 1, Prokoviev’s Quartet No. 2 and the Shostakovich Quartet No. 4.

The Eberle Quartet‘s programme has yet to be finalised. However Daphne Moody, Jennifer Knights, Moira Alabaster and Muriel Daniels will include Haydn Op. 33 No.2 “The Joke” and Mendelssohn Op. 44 No. 1 in their concert.

Probable, though not finalised, will be a return of the wonderful Vale Quartet. Nick Whiting, Emilie Godden, Carl Hill & Carolyn Hewitt are regular performers and old friends, and would be sadly missed unless we can find a free date – so I am pretty much certain that we will fix it.

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