We had a fabulous time at the BBC studios last night, playing Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnanyi. You can listen to it for the next 30 days on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008b7b If you’d like to skip straight to our performances here are the timings: 1:28:45 Beethoven Op.9 No 3 (3rd mvt) 1:35:40 Schubert D581 (1st mvt) 1:52:40 Dohnanyi, Serenade Op.10 (1st mvt)
Upcoming Veles Ensemble string trio concert with Ahmed Mukhtar at the London Strings Festival! The trio will play Beethoven and Kodaly and then join Ahmed Mukhtar in his set of Iraqi oud music.
I will also perform at the LSF luthier’s exhibitionon the 29th Sept .
The Veles Ensemble will open this evening of contrast with a true classic: Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No. 1 in G-major. The trios Op.9 – published in 1798 – are often considered to be one of Beethoven’s most important early works. The G-major’s powerful and even symphonic qualities, wide melodic lines, contrasts and the breathtaking vigour of the finale leave no doubt about its historic significance.
It is followed by Zoltan Kodály’s Intermezzo, a wonderfully fresh and light scherzo, written by the then 23 year young composer while finishing a dissertation on the Hungarian folk song at the Budapest academy. Not surprisingly, it combines the spirit of the Hungarian folk song (but without the clyché!) with the depth and sophisticated textures reminiscent of Dohnányi, whose Serenade for string trio served as a model for this short and entertaining delight.
Ahmed Mukhtar will continue the evening presenting Iraqi music with Oud solo’s. He will then be joined be Veles Ensemble to finish with arrangements of his own compositions.
26th September, 7:30pm
St Margaret Pattens
Rood Lane, EC3M1HS
Join the Veles Ensemble for a night of exciting and varied string trio music: Mozart’s legendary Divertimento K563, Schubert’s B-flat major string trio, Egon Wellesz’ dynamic 20th sound world and a few special Christmas arrangements in the beautiful setting of St Margaret Pattens Church.
W. A. Mozart, Divertimento K563 in E-flat major
Franz Schubert, String Trio in B-flat major D471
Egon Wellesz, String Trio Op.86
, 7.15 pm
(doors open at 6:50 pm) St Margaret Pattens
Lauderdale House, Highgate, London N65HG
Advance tickets £12/£7 from the ticket page. £15/£10 at the door.
Join us in the historic Lauderdale House to hear music on violin and guitar. An evening of contrast: from Manuel de Falla‘s fiery Spanish songs to Schubert‘s romantic Ständchen as well as the Australian composer Phillip Houghton‘s mysterious and wild contemporary piece ‘Night Music’. We are also giving the first performance of Hartmut Richter‘s Sonata for Violin and Guitar.