Friday 29 June 2018

Truffles, fantasy and more: Alissa Firsova performances and recording

The composer Alissa Firsova has a lively diary over the coming months. In August, VIVAT will release a new CD of Firsova's music Fantasy - Music of Alissa Firsova, featuring the Tippett Quartet, clarinettist Mark van der Wiel, pianist Simon Mulligan, bass-baritone Nicholas Crawley, soprano Ellie Laugharne and herself on the piano. The programme includes her substantial 2016 string quartet, Tennyson Fantasy, commissioned by the Tippett Quartet, two works for clarinet and piano (both dedicated to clarinettist Mark van de Wiel), the clarinet quintet Loss, two vocal works on the theme of 'Paradise on Earth' and cellist Tim Hugh performing Fantasy of 2014.

There is also a chance to hear Firsova's Stabat Mater tomorrow (30 June 2018) when it is being performed by The Oriel Singers, the St Cecilia Singers, and the Gloucester Symphony Orchestra at Tewkesbury Abbey in a programme which also includes Jonathan Dove's For an Unknown Soldier, (further information).

Further ahead, the Arditti Quartet plays Firsova's String Quartet Paradiso in the Megève Savoy Truffle Festival on 24 August, and Firsova gives a solo piano recital for the Amsterdam Piano Series at the Concertgebouw on 27 October.

Update: I gather that Alissa will also playing with violinist, Ludmila Pavlová in Jičín castle on 21 July and with soprano, Alessia Schumacher and cellist Anatole Liebermann in the Luberon on 21 Aug and also writing a string quartet piece for Daniel Rowland’s Stift Festival at the end of August.

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