Two string quartets are the subject of this concert devoted to Schubert’s late work: Schubert’s Quartet in G major (D 887), composed in 1826, but never performed or published during his lifetime, and Johanna Doderer’s new work, a contemporary reflection on the piece. The restless harmonies of Schubert’s last quartet invoke the dynamic subtleties of his lieder, without the restraints of verbal meaning. The result is a sophisticated purity of expression that reveals the essence of his late style and provides an enduring source of inspiration.
Artists to include
Hannah Dawson violin
Siljamari Heikinheimo violin
Priya Mitchell violin
Marta Sparnina violin
Francis Kefford viola
Dana Zemtsov viola
Claude Frochaux cello
Edward King cello
JOHANNA DODERER String Quartet (World Premiere)
FRANZ SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 15 in G Major D 887
Duration 1 hour
The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, as well as broadcast repeatedly on the radio -BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded Monte Piano Trio with which he won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt, Folkwang Prize et al.) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the german island of Sylt.
Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford. She started playing the violin at four. ‘Unable to concentrate on anything my parents despaired – the violin was the best remedy- it allowed me to focus and dream at the same time.’She went to the Yehudi Menuhin School for four years where her teacher was David Takeno. Afterwards she studied in Vienna and with Zachar Bron in Lübeck. Priya loves to play both as a soloist and chamber musician. Earlier this year she was invited to be artist-in-residence for a week at Kings Place in London, and has recently performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kuhmo and Seville. She started the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 because she wanted to bring musician friends to Oxford and relishes ‘musical matchmaking, how else was it possible to bring together musicians I was certain would fall in love musically? Oxford is the ideal setting to make this alchemy happen. Festivals make one feel stimulated on every level, inspired and enriched. Most of us here
couldn’t be without them- they are irresistible, dangerous and highly addictive!’ Priya plays a Ballestieri violin made in the 1760s, generously on loan to her by a private family trust.
Hannah Dawson has played in the Sacconi Quartet for the past 17 years. Its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They have their own Chamber music festival in Folkestone, Kent. The quartet has recently released two CDs; In Damascus, their CD of music by Jonathan Dove including In Damascus, commissioned by the quartet, and featuring Mark Padmore and Charles Owen; and a complete recording of Graham Fitkin’s string quartets. Outside quartet, Hannah enjoys playing with other ensembles, such as O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, The Donald Grant Quartet and with her piano trio – Trio Elegiaco. She regularly plays Chamber music in various festivals including Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival, Festival O/Modernt and IMS Prussia Cove. Hannah plays on a 1927 Sacconi violin which is generously on loan to her by The Royal Society of Musicians.
A beaker of pure, clear water seems as faceless as air. And yet, as Heraclitus famously remarked, you can’t step into the same stream twice. Water is the archetype of sameness, but also of change. Researchers have recently confirmed that a drop of water registers the imprint of anything it touches, so that a river gathers information as it flows. Discharged into the oceans, these fluid records are recycled in raindrops. Returning to the wellspring that is Schubert’s Die Forelle, the whirligig memory of H2O provides the starting point for this programme of works imbued with the many moods of water.
Artists to include
Ian Bostridge tenor
Priya Mitchell violin
Hugo Ticciati violin
Tomoko Akasaka viola
Julian Arp cello
Claude Frochaux cello
Natacha Kudritskaya piano
Marzi Nyman electric guitar
Programme to include
FRANZ SCHUBERT Die Forelle D 550
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Prelude No. 15 in D Flat Major
ROLF MARTINSSON Scorpius
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (arr. Sally Beamish) La Mer
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major D 667 (‘Trout’)
CHARLOTTE LINDVANG Vand-Musik
CLAUDE DEBUSSY Preludes, Book 1, No. 10: La cathédrale engloutie
FRANZ SCHUBERT (arr. Liszt) Auf dem Wasser zu singen D 774
CLARA SCHUMANN Die Lorelei
STING The Snow it Melts The Soonest
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Bridge Over Troubled Water
ANTONIO VIVALDI Largo from 'Winter', The Four Seasons
GUNS N’ ROSES November Rain
THE BEATLES Here Comes the Sun
Duration 3 hours
Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in a small town of Lohja in rural Finland. His parents were musical and luckily made him take piano lessons since the age of 6. Marzi studied classical piano for 10 years, but then, finally, in his teens he realized that guitar is the king of all instruments, and started learning it with fierce passion. Marzi Nyman started his studies in Sibelius-Academy (jazz department) in the year 1998, and is still studying, mainly composition. Marzi is very interested in various types of performing and music-making. He has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theater, movies and made songs that he performs himself. He has played with an colorful array of people and collectives in Finland and a bit abroad also. Some of the people he has performed with include Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman & Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He has been selected as Pori Jazz Artist (2003), and won the prestigious Teosto Award in 2006. Overall, curiosity is what drives Marzi Nyman. And the urge to connect with people. That's why he feels very lucky and happy to be a part of O/Modernt.
Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, St Petersburg, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/04), a CarteBlanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/05), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/06), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/11), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/13). In 2018 Ian began an auspicious Artistic Residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the first of its kind for the ensemble.