Tuesday 29 April 2014

RE:naissance 2014

Matthew Sharp
Matthew Sharp
From 1 May to 3 May 2014 at King's Place there are a series of events under the umbrella RE:naissance 2014 curated by Matthew Sharp. Cellist, bass-baritone and actor, Sharp is a remarkable virtuoso and the mini-festival at King's Place celebrates this with a whole variety of events. 

On 1 May there is O Fool, I shall go mad with songs by Strauss and Rautavaara, plus Strauss's melodrama Das Schloss am Meere in which Sharp is joined by other members of his family. Later the same evening the is The Devil's Jukebox, produced in associated with Opera North, and including Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley's Faustus (a one-man Marlow-inspired operatic fantasy) and finally that day there is Brahms's Clarinet Quintet re-imagined as played by a tavern ensemble of its time with an ensemble including accordion and santouri (a form of hammer dulcimer).

May 2, sees the music of Osvaldo Golijov and Rautavaara, performed by Joby Burgess, Matthew Sharp and the Sacconi Quartet and a celebration of the music of Errollyn Wallen with the composer herself, plus Matthew Sharp and the Arensky Chamber Orchestra conductor William Kunhardt, with the concert culminating in the London premiere of Wallen's Cello Concerto  with Sharp as soloist. Later that evening there is another work by Deazley and Riley, A Death's Cabaret - A Love Story in which Sharp plays his triple roles, cellist, singer and actor, with the Sacconi Quartet. Finally on May 3 at 11.30am there is the family concert When Yesterday We Met with Dominic Harlan, Rebecca Sharp and Matthew Sharp.


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