Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

The second Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival starts next week. Running from 20-22 September 2013 it is a chance to hear some fine musicians in the stunning surroundings of the Old Palace and the Marble Hall of Hatfield House. Artistic director is cellist Guy Johnston and the festival features his group, the Aronowitz Ensemble, as artists in residence along with Alistair Beatson (piano), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) Ben Griffiths (double bass), Esther Hoppe (violin), Ruby Hughes (soprano) Anthony Marwood (violin), the Navarra Quartet and Lawrence Power (viola). The festival opens on Friday 20 September with Mendelssohn's Octet plus Brahms String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 and Britten's Lachrymae.

On the Saturday there is an early evening concert of and intriguing combination of Frank Bridge' Piano Quintet in D minor and Fauré's La Bonne chanson sung by Ruby Hughes. Interestingly the two works are not that far apart, with Faure writing the song cycle in 1892-94 and revising it for voice, piano and string quintet in 1898. Bridge wrote his work in 1907, giving it a comprehensive revision in 1912.  Later in the evening there is the Strauss Sextet from Capriccio, songs by Brahms again sung by Ruby Hughes and music by Schubert. Both events are in the glorious Marble Hall of Hatfield House.

Sunday morning sees an all Mozart programme featuring Kristian Bezuidenhout. In the evening there is a concert with the festival orchestra, and soloists Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power in Grieg's Holberg Suite Op. 40, Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 364. 

Further information from the festival website.

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