Friday 23 October 2020

Recitals with attitude: Wimbledon International Music Festival's 2020 on-line celebration

This year's Wimbledon International Music Festival will be a series of filmed performances which are being streamed on-line from 13 to 22 November 2020. But these will be more than just filmed performances, and each artist will explore their personal relationship with their chosen works.

The music of Beethoven is a theme running through the festival and the opening event is pianist Paul Lewis in Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. Then cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist John York will explore Beethoven cello sonatas. Founder members of London Winds, Michael Collins and Robin O’Neill are joined by pianist Michael McHale to discuss Beethoven’s chamber music and perform the Trio in B flat major OP. 11. The Solem Quartet will perform Beethoven's Quartet no. 13 in B flat major, op. 130  and, Piers Lane (piano) and Tama Matheson (actor) will join forces for Matheson's new drama which explores Beethoven's piano sonatas.      

Other music in the festival includes pianist Clare Hammond who will be talking about  the appeal and the challenges of each work in her programme, violist and painter Rivka Golani is joined by pianist Michael Hampton to explore the importance of colour in her life with music by Kreisler, Elgar, Dvorak, Brahms and Schumann, and The Telling bring their drama  Vision: The imagined testimony of Hildegard of Bingen. The festival ends with Florilegium,  Ashley Solomon (flute), Bojan Cicic (violin), Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba) & Julian Perkins (harpsichord), in a programme which the performers discuss the allure and quirks of their instruments which they illustrate with short solos as they explore the relationship between J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. 

Full details from the festival website.

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