SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE

Schumann, Shostakovich and Charlotte Bray

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  • Date:
    Saturday 18 Mar 2017
  • Time:
    7:30 PM

 

Schubert ensemble photoThe world-premiere of a
WMC co-commission with
this leading ensemble
SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in
E flat major Op 47
BRAY New work (world premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet
in G minor Op 57
William Howard piano
Simon Blendis violin
Annabelle Meare violin
Douglas Paterson viola
Jane Salmon cello

5tet collage with annabelle meare (2)

The world-premiere of a WMC co-commission with this leading ensemble

SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E flat major Op 47
BRAY Zustände
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57

William Howard piano
Simon Blendis violin
Annabelle Meare violin
Douglas Paterson viola
Jane Salmon cello

Given Schumann's affinity for the piano, it is not surprising that the Piano Quartet remains one of his most popular chamber works. Shostakovich's Quintet also ranks among the finest contributions to the genre. British composer Charlotte Bray has emerged as one of the most distinctive voices of her generation, and we are delighted to present the world premiere of a new work, co-commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble and Wiltshire Music Centre.

'Outstanding in every respect' The Guardian

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Charlotte Bray's Zustände is a new piano quartet co-commissioned by Wiltshire Music Centre and the Schubert Ensemble. The work was inspired by Charlotte's visits to the ice-fields of Greenland, and its name refers to the changing "states" and processes of ice.

"Whether a lone iceberg, large chunks breaking off from the fragile edge of a glacier, or the crackle of an ice field melting in the sun, the imaginary sounds generated by the moving ice drive the piece" - Charlotte Bray

Read more about new music at WMC in 2017!

Because we're so excited to share the outcomes of this collaborative project, we have made a limited number of tickets available for £10 before Friday 17th February. Please call our Box Office on 01225 860 100 to take advantage of this offer.

6.30pm pre-concert talk with Charlotte Bray, composer

Supported by Happy Business, PRS Foundation for Music and the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust

 

  • Tickets:
    £22
  • Under-25s:
    Free
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  • Anthony

    21/03/1716:16

    First the Shostakovitch Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57 of 1940. How could so engaging a work ever have been written under such circumstances? The programme notes refer to its direct emotional power and this was surely released with a great understanding of all its changes in mood.

    Charlotte Bray, in person, described the process of inspiration and the writing of her piece ‘Zustӓnde’ in the pre-concert talk (all of which, by the way, are well worth attending). The piece had been commissioned jointly by the Schubert Ensemble and the WMC, and Charlotte said what an extraordinary privilege and a delight it was to have actually worked at this early stage in her composing life with such a prestigious quartet. She had clearly been hugely impressed by the grandeur of the icy scenery, and the performance – a World Premier – clearly reflected this in intensity and colour. Her photographs are on her website and went as far as providing the urge amongst a supervised group of local children to compose something themselves. Its recording was played back after the interval and was novel and atmospheric.

    Finally Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat major Op 47. Do I have to say anything? Sheer magic, especially the poignancy of the beautiful cello solo that opened and closed the slow movement.

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