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Event 4: Tim Lowe and John Lenehan
Event 4: Tim Lowe and John Lenehan
  • York Chamber Music Festival
  • Saturday 22 September 1.00pm 
    Tim Lowe cello , John Lenehan piano
    Venue: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
    £10.00 (£5.00 full time students, £1.00 under 18)

    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)   Variations Concertante Op.17
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major Op. 102 No. 1
    Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)  Adagio and Allegro op.70

    Continuing with our focus on Mendelssohn this recital opens with a set of variations that he wrote for his brother. The serene happiness of the theme recalls the halcyon days of their youth on the family’s large estate on the outskirts of Berlin. With the Beethoven cello and piano sonata Op.102 we move to a world well known and revered by  Mendelssohn – as we hear in his string quartet in Event Three. And as we will hear Beethoven’s third cello sonata, which Steven Isserlis and Ian Brown play in the festival’s opening concert, takes the idea of the ‘cello sonata’ in a new more lyrical direction with an equality between the two instruments. The Op 102 sonatas, however opens the door into Beethoven’s late period in which deafness left him alone to dream in a sonic world all his own. His musical thoughts are increasingly concentrated, yet with ever greater freedom of thought resulting in miraculous masterpieces. Through sound, which he never ‘heard’, he takes us in this moment of ours on an extraordinary journey almost within touching distance of his soul. And the cello sonata as a musical form is moved on yet again by the great master. The cello was close to Schumann’s heart, an instrument that he played. Sadly he never knew a great cellist to stimulate his fertile imagination. The  Adagio and Allegro Op.70 was originally written for French horn but is better known in its cello version, approved by the composer. Schumann, like Beethoven, also dreaming on.

    Followed by masterclasses for young musicians from York

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