West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150922

John Toal presents highlights from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

We begin in the opulence and grandeur of the Library in Bantry House for Ravel's setting of 3 Poems by the French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Written in 1913 they were inspired by Stravinsky's Three Japanese Lyrics for voice and chamber ensemble: music he heard during his time in Clarens, Switzerland, with the composer. It's performed here by an exciting set of musicians visiting the Festival.

From Bantry House we move to St. Brendan's Church for a performance for Janácek's Mládí - "Youth" - although Janácek was a distinguished 70 by the time he wrote it in 1924. He'd been talking about early memories for a proposed biography, and this four-movement piece is a musical reflection on his childhood in Moravia and singing in the Augustinian monastery in Brno.

Today's concert concludes in St. Brendan's with Thomas Adès' Arcadiana. The seven-movement work, written in 1994, is performed by graduates of the Radio 3 New Generation Scheme the Signum Quartet.

Ravel: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

Katharine Dain (Soprano), Philippe Bernold and Fiona Kelly (flutes), Romain Guyot and Mathias Kjøller (clarinets), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Vanbrugh Quartet - Gregory Ellis and Keith Pascoe (violins), Simon Aspell (viola) and Christopher Marwood (cello).

Janácek: Mládí

Philippe Bernold (flute/piccolo), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Mathias Kjøller (bass clarinet) Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Adès: Arcadiana

Signum Quartet

Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins); Xandi van Dijk (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150923

John Toal presents highlights from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

We begin in St.Brendan's Church for a performance of Beethoven's Serenade in D Major Op.25 by 3 internationally renowned young musicians: Finnish violist Lilli Maijala, English violinist Chloe Hanslip and French flautist Philippe Bernold. The Serenade was published in 1802 and there's a light, airy and elegant feel to the six short movements.

That's followed by the Borodin Quartet performing Borodin: his lyrical 2nd String Quartet, written as an anniversary present for his wife.

Beethoven: Serenade in D major Op.25

Philippe Bernold (flute), Chloë Hanslip (violin), Lilli Maijala (viola)

Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D major

Borodin Quartet - Ruben Aharonian and Sergey Lamovsky (violins); Igor Naidin (viola); Vladimir Balshin (cello).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150924

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150924

John Toal presents highlights from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

The programme begins with Ligeti's Six Bagatelles. He had originally written these for solo piano in Hungary in his thirties. However, the Russian censorship being what it was, Ligeti kept them to himself. It was only when he got to Germany that he set about arranging the pieces for wind quintet. The 6-movement work received its premiere in 1969: music full of full of character and each one distinct from the last.

From the quirky energetic Ligeti Bagatelles to Mozart's last string quintet. The 4-movement work is performed by the Signum Quartet - graduates of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.

Each year the Festival holds a number of premieres by international composers and one of those honoured this year comes originally just outside Belfast. Ian Wilson's Sonáid béaloidis, which means 'folk sonata' in Irish, is made up of three short movements - fast-slow-fast, called Reele, Aire and Jigg - and is written for solo violin. It's premiered here by former Radio 3 New Generation Artist, the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova.

Ligeti: Six Bagatelles

Philippe Bernold (flute), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Mozart: String Quintet in E flat K.614

Signum Quartet, - Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins); Xandi van Dijk (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello)

With Lilli Maijala (viola)

ian Wilson: Sonàid béaloidis WORLD PREMIERE

Alina Ibragimova (solo violin).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150924

John Toal presents highlights from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

The programme begins with Ligeti's Six Bagatelles. He had originally written these for solo piano in Hungary in his thirties. However, the Russian censorship being what it was, Ligeti kept them to himself. It was only when he got to Germany that he set about arranging the pieces for wind quintet. The 6-movement work received its premiere in 1969: music full of full of character and each one distinct from the last.

From the quirky energetic Ligeti Bagatelles to Mozart's last string quintet. The 4-movement work is performed by the Signum Quartet - graduates of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.

Each year the Festival holds a number of premieres by international composers and one of those honoured this year comes originally just outside Belfast. Ian Wilson's Sonáid béaloidis, which means 'folk sonata' in Irish, is made up of three short movements - fast-slow-fast, called Reele, Aire and Jigg - and is written for solo violin. It's premiered here by former Radio 3 New Generation Artist, the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova.

Ligeti: Six Bagatelles

Philippe Bernold (flute), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Mozart: String Quintet in E flat K.614

Signum Quartet, - Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins); Xandi van Dijk (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello)

With Lilli Maijala (viola)

ian Wilson: Sonàid béaloidis WORLD PREMIERE

Alina Ibragimova (solo violin).

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150925

John Toal presents highlights from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Many of the musicians who come to the Festival have established solo careers and it's the combinations of performers into chamber ensembles that makes for an interesting mix. That's evident in today's programme which begins with Alan Boustead's arrangement of Brahms' Serenade in D major Op.11 for 9 instruments.

Brahms was famously nervous about writing a Symphony that would inevitably be compared to Beethoven, and this Serenade in D - written in his 20s - was a stepping stone in that direction. Cast in six movements it follows in a fashion similar large chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart, and it's scored for Flute, violin, viola, cello, bass, a pair of clarinets, horn and bassoon.

The programme ends with Anton Webern's yearning Langsamer Satz, translating Short Piece. Written nearly fifty years after the Brahms, this is a Romantic young Webern, before his teacher Schoenberg's ideas of brevity and not writing in a clear key took him in a different direction. Langsamer Satz has been described as a mini-Mahler Symphony.

Brahms: Serenade in D major Op.11 (arr. for nonet by Alan Boustead)

Chloë Hanslip (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), David Cohen (cello), Niek de Groot (bass), Philippe Bernold (flute), Romain Guyot and Mathias Kjøller (clarinets), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Cremona Quartet - Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli (violins), Simone Gramalgia (viola) and Giovanni Scaglione (cello).