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Shelley Levy & Samantha Ward: Chamber Music
25 July | 7:30 pm£7
|SHELLEY LEVY||SAMANTHA WARD|
Friedrich Burgmüller (1806 – 1874)
Duo for Piano and Clarinet in E flat Major Op. 15
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Drei Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano Op. 73
Zart und mit Ausdruck
Rasch und mit Feuer
Eugène Bozza (1905 – 1991)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Sonata No. 1 in F minor for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120
Andante un poco Adagio
This concert will last approximately 60 minutes, with no interval.
The festival director Samantha Ward joins forces with clarinettist Shelley Levy for tonight’s recital, opening with the Duo in E flat Major for clarinet and piano by Burgmüller. The work is formed of three contrasting sections, all of which are beautifully lyrical as well as passionate in parts, ending with a dramatic flourish in both instruments, bringing the piece to a brilliant finale. Schumann’s Drei Fantasiestücke Op. 73 follow on next in the programme, demonstrating the composer’s immense poetry and variety of tonal colours. The three pieces were written in 1849, when Schumann was under a great deal of stress at home with an ever-growing family to look after while also being emotionally invested in massive works such as his opera Genoveva. Two short but beautiful compositions by Eugène Bozza create a segue into the tour de force of the evening, Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano, which brings the performance to a powerful close. Brahms was one of the first composers to utilise this combination of the piano and clarinet and his two sonatas were the last chamber music works he wrote before his death in 1897. Today, they have a firm place in the clarinet repertoire as some of the greatest works ever composed for the instrument.