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Event 5: Festival Artists
Event 5: Festival Artists

Saturday 22 September | 7.30pm
Martyn Jackson and Simon Blendiss violin, Sarah-Jane Bradley viola,
Tim Lowe cello, John Lenehan piano
Venue: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York
£15.00 (£5.00 full time students, £1.00 under 18)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 – 1837) Piano trio in E Flat
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)  Piano Trio in D minor Op.49
Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81

The final concert in the 2018 York Chamber Music Festival contains two of the greatest chamber music compositions in the repertoire and one of the least known. Hummel’s fate was to be neglected even though in his day he was internationally known as probably the greatest pianist in Europe– vying with Beethoven in this regard. He had been Mozart’s only full-time student and even lived for two years with the Mozart family in Vienna. But his copious output of music fell out of fashion lthough is now enjoying a long-overdue revival. Mendelssohn’;s  Piano Trio in D minor and Dvořák’s Second Piano Quintet are two of the most gloriously tuneful and appealing works in all the chamber music repertoire. Continuing our focus at this year’s festival on the chamber music of Mendelssohn we arrive at one of his mature masterpieces, full of expansive lyricism. The same can also be said of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet which represents the pinnacle of this genre of composition alongside Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich. They are performed by a core of premiere British musicians, ending the 2018 festival with a flourish, proving that music is in a sense ‘out of time’- beyond time - as these composers reach out to us in our moment. Lift up your hearts in the presence of truly joyful music and a superb musical cast.

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