Saturday 23 September
1:00 – 2:00pm
Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
Tickets: £10, 18 and under £5
Beethoven - Seven Variations in E-flat Major for Cello and Piano on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’, WoO46, from Mozart's opera ‘The Magic Flute’
Fauré - Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117
Martinu - Variations on a Theme by Rossini for ’Cello and Piano
Followed by cello masterclass to young musicians given by Tim Lowe (free with recital ticket or £5 entry at the door), ends 3.15 pm.
Tim Lowe cello Andrew Brownell piano
Beethoven was in his early years known mainly as a virtuoso pianist and improviser of legendary skill. If only a magic recording device could conjure up just one of these improvisations! We can, however, get a very good idea of his improvisations from his many sets of variations. His genius for fantasy, colour and poetry can be heard in this felicitous set of variations based on Pomina and Papageno’s gorgeous duet. Martinu was born and lived as a child in a bell tower in Moravia. We hear bells in his music. These variations were written for Piatagorsky. Fauré was 76 and deaf when he wrote his second cello sonata. It is unbelievably youthful, full of joy and the Andante resolves into peaceful dreaminess and is perhaps one of the most beautiful moments in all music.
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