Brahms & The Clarinet
17 October 2017, 17:30
This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room
Brahms was inspired to come out of his self-imposed retirement by the playing of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld. Several works for clarinet followed, among them his glorious Clarinet Trio, Op.114 (1891), heard here alongside a movement of Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio and Schubert’s evergreen Shepherd on the Rock.
Joseph Marx (1882 - 1964)Adagio (Alles Tagverlangen) from Vier Lieder nach Dichtungen von Anton Wildgans
Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942)Andante (Op. 3) from Clarinet Trio in D minor
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock) (D965)
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
SopranoA graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She is the recipient of the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, Basil A.Turner Prize, Joaninha Trust Prize and David Goldman Award. In 2018/19 and 2019/20 Louise Kemény was an ensemble member at Theater Bonn, performing roles such as Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, R... Read Full Biography
ClarinetMax Welford is a London based clarinettist with a wide-ranging career which includes performances as a soloist, chamber musician, in orchestras, West End theatres and on recordings. He has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. James’ Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, and the National Portrait Gallery, and his playing has been described in the press as ‘oozing class’ (The Guardian), having ‘real dynamism and cohesion’ (The Times), and ‘almost beyond belief in its supremely co... Read Full Biography
CellistBrian O’Kane is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation and is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition and is also a former prizewinner of the Royal Overseas League Competition. a former winner of the Accenture Bursary Award and Camerata Ireland Young Musician Award. In 2008, Brian performed with Camerata Ireland in Dublin’s National Concert Hall under Barry Douglas ... Read Full Biography
PianistA multiple-prize winning and critically acclaimed conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano. Gramophone, reviewing Purer than Pearl, Albion Records’ 2016 disc of Vaughan Williams song, reserved “a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism”; his recent revival of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith at Royal Festival Hall “was an unalloyed triumph for William Vann…he had complete command of the score and evident belief in the music” (Seen an... Read Full Biography
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