Perth - Love And Death In Eastern Europe

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150310

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150310

The Heath Quartet and pianist James Baillieu join forces in Perth concert hall to explore love and death in the chamber music of Eastern Europe. They begin with Dvorak's richly melodic Piano Quintet in A Op.81, inspired by the rhythms of Czech dances. Martinu's playful set of madrigals for violin and viola follow, dedicated to violist Lillian Fuchs and her violinist brother Joseph.

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Op. 81

Martinu: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola Op. 313

James Baillieu - piano

The Heath Quartet.

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150310

The Heath Quartet and pianist James Baillieu join forces in Perth concert hall to explore love and death in the chamber music of Eastern Europe. They begin with Dvorak's richly melodic Piano Quintet in A Op.81, inspired by the rhythms of Czech dances. Martinu's playful set of madrigals for violin and viola follow, dedicated to violist Lillian Fuchs and her violinist brother Joseph.

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Op. 81

Martinu: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola Op. 313

James Baillieu - piano

The Heath Quartet.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150311

For the second in a series of concerts recorded at Perth Concert Hall, young British mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley is joined by pianist James Baillieu for Schumann's richly romantic song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, written in his 'year of song' when he'd finally married Clara Wieck. The brilliant Heath Quartet follow, playing Bartok's String Quartet No.1, which close friend Kodaly described as 'the return to life of a man who has reached the shores of nothingness'.

Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben

Bartok: String Quartet No. 1

Anna Huntley (mezzo)

James Baillieu (piano)

The Heath Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150312

Tenor Robert Murray and pianist James Baillieu perform Schumann's Liederkreis, setting poems by Henrich Heine, written relatively early in his 'year of song' in 1840. 50 years later, Zemlinsky's Piano Trio was heavily influenced by Schumann's close friend Brahms. Members of the Heath quartet perform this youthful and passionate work. Also, an arrangement of Roxana's Song from Szymanowski's rarely performed mystical opera King Roger, with Heath Quartet violinist Cerys Jones and pianist James Baillieu.

Schumann: Liederkreis Op 24

Szymanowski: Roxana's Song from the opera 'King Roger'

Zemlinsky: Piano Trio

James Baillieu - piano

Robert Murray - tenor

Members of The Heath Quartet.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150313

Mezzo soprano Anna Huntley and tenor Robert Murray join James Baillieu and the Heath quartet in Perth concert hall to perform Janacek's chamber music.

Janacek's String quartet No 1 was inspired by Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata. He said he was 'imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down' and he wrote it in little over a fortnight. His song-cycle 'The Diary of One who Disappeared' was composed a few years earlier, when Janacek was struck by the story of a young boy's love for a gipsy girl, published in verses at the Lidove Noviny newspaper where he worked as was co-operator.

Janacek: String Quartet No. 1

Janácek: "The Diary of One who Disappeared"

Anna Huntley - mezzo soprano

Robert Murray - tenor

James Baillieu - piano

The Heath Quartet.