Fiddlefest 2 ... With Strings Attached ...

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100112

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100112

Sean Rafferty introduces music from Fiddlefest 2 - an event celebrating music for the violin which takes place bi-annually in the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The 2009 festival presents repertoire for violin and piano as well as music for string quartet and string octet. The venue is Christ Church, a free church which was consecrated in 1833 and built at the expense of Bishop Knox, who built the Church for the poor people who lived in the area.

Young violinist Alexandra Soumm, who was born in Russia but now divides her time between France and Austria, is joined by her regular recital partner Julien Quentin for a performance of Grieg's Violin Sonata No 3 in C minor. Grieg characterised all his violin sonatas: No 2 was 'the nationalistic' and No 3 'the one with the wider horizons'.

Young British quartet and winners of the first prize and audience prize at the fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, the Badke Quartet perform a quartet by Mendelssohn which was composed in 1827 while the composer was still a teenager and is based on a short song he had composed the previous year.

Grieg: Sonata No 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op 45

Alexandra Soumm (violin)

Julien Quentin (piano)

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 13

Badke Quartet:

Heather Badke, Emma Parker (violins)

Jon Thorne (viola)

Jonathan Byers (cello).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100113

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100113

Sean Rafferty introduces music from Fiddlefest 2 - a chamber music festival celebrating the violin and its repertoire, recorded at Christ Church in Londonderry.

Violinist Alexandra Soumm and pianist Julien Quentin open the programme with Prokofiev's Violin Sonata in D. It began life as a flute sonata but David Oistrakh thought it would make a good violin sonata and he managed to sell the idea to the composer. It is followed by Bartok's String Quartet No 1 performed by the Brodsky Quaret. The work was completed in 1909, when Bartok began his resarches into Hugarian folk music, but the quartet shows little influence of these studies until the finale.

Prokofiev: Sonata in D for violin and piano, Op 94

Alexandra Soumm (violin)

Julien Quentin (piano)

Bartok: String Quartet No 1, Sz 40

Brodsky Quartet:

Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton (violins)

Paul Cassidy (viola)

Jacqueline Thomas (cello).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100114

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100114

Sean Rafferty introduces music from Fiddlefest 2, the chamber music festival recorded in 2009 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

With performances of Ravel's concert showpiece Tzigane and the string quartet which he deidicated to Faure. In between, there are contemporary pieces by two Mexican composers. Javier Alvarez's Metro Chabacono was written in1991 to accompany an installation by sculptor Marcos Limenez, which was displayed in Mexico City's busiest subway station also called Metro Chabacano. Alvarez studied composition with Mario Lavista and his quartet Reflejos de noche which has a whispery, eerie sound should only be performed in low light.

Ravel: Tzigane - Rapsodie de concert

Alexandra Soumm (violin)

Julien Quentin (piano)

Javier Alvarez: Alvarez Metro Chabacano

Mario Lavista: Reflejos de la Noche

Ravel: String Quartet in F

Brodsky Quartet

Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton (violins)

Paul Cassidy (viola)

Jacqueline Thomas (cello).

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100115

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20100115

Sean Rafferty concludes a series of programmes from Fiddlefest 2, the chamber music festival recorded in 2009 at Christ Church, Londonderry in Northern Ireland. After performances of Mozart's Sonata in G, K301, and Schubert's Quartettsatz, the members of the Brodsky and Badke Quartets come together for the festival finale - a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet for strings. The work was written when the composer was only 16, and it remains the only significant masterpiece for string octet.

Mozart: Violin Sonata in G, K301

Alexandra Soumm (violin)

Julien Quentin (piano)

Schubert: Quartettsatz

Brodsky Quartet

Mendelssohn: Octet for strings in E flat, Op 20

Brodsky Quartet:

Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton (violins)

Paul Cassidy (viola)

Jacqueline Thomas (cello)

Badke Quartet:

Heather Badke, Emma Parker (violins)

Jon Thorne (viola)

Jonathan Byers (cello).