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Saturday 9th October

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10. Fenella Humphreys & Martin Roscoe: Master & Pupil

  • Martin Roscoe
  • Fenella Humphreys

Chamber Music

09 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Festival has a strong strand of chamber music that complements the themes and songs of particular days. In this first chamber recital, we hear two dazzling violin sonatas by Saint-Saëns and his distinguished student Gabriel Fauré, performed by this exceptional duo. Both sonatas are passionate, profound and virtuosic, and although the master-pupil influence is audible, each inhab...

Sunday 10th October

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16. A Swedish Sensation

  • Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Stenhammar Quartet

Chamber Music

10 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Stenhammar Quartet is one of Sweden’s leading ensembles, with a particularly strong reputation for performing Scandinavian chamber music. There are no better exponents of the string quartets of Wilhelm Stenhammar, which are counted among the composer’s finest works. Today they perform his magnificent fourth quartet. It was completed in 1907 and dedicated to Jean Sibelius, and it...

Tuesday 12th October

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28. Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy: Schubert Fantasie

  • Samson Tsoy
  • Pavel Koleniskov

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Chamber Music

12 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  Both renowned in their own rights as soloists, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy are also an exceptional duo whose early lockdown recital at Wigmore Hall was described in The Guardian as having a ‘quietly electrifying intimacy’ in a 5-star review. Today, they play an all-Schubert programme, including the most famous of all his piano duets, the Fantasie in F minor. ...

Wednesday 13th October

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34. Lotte Betts-Dean & Armida Quartet: Madame ma bonne soeur

  • Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Armida Quartet

Chamber Music

13 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

We are thrilled to present the world premiere of a co-commissioned new work for quartet and voice by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers today. Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne in 2017, was a sensation, described by The Sunday Times as ‘the operatic event of the year’. This new piece, Madame ma bonne soeur, draws on texts ...

Saturday 16th October

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53. Dover Beach

  • Matthew Rose
  • The Albion Quartet

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Chamber Music

16 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Dover Beach is one of the great works for voice and string quartet. It is an early work of the American composer Samuel Barber, setting the English poet Matthew Arnold. Barber looked back on Dover Beach throughout his life with affection, considering it one of his few early works that displayed real maturity. It is played this evening by the dazzling Albion Quartet with eminent bass Matthew Ros...

Sunday 17th October

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60. Contrasts

  • Tim Horton
  • Julian Bliss
  • Alexander Sitkovestsky

Chamber Music

17 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This stellar trio of musicians perform Béla Bártok’s effervescent Contrasts, written in 1938 and commissioned by the legendary jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. They also include music by the toweringly influential American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and Antonín Dvořák, who spent nearly four years in New York, where he wrote some of his best-...

Monday 18th October

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67. Inventions

  • Adam Swayne

Chamber Music

18 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Adam Swayne is a pianist and composer, acclaimed in particular for his interpretations of contemporary works, both as a soloist and a member of Riot Ensemble. He gives today’s second world premiere of a work by composer Tom Coult, his Gymnopédies, written during the 2020 lockdown. Adam also plays Tom Coult’s dazzling Inventions. To complete the programme he per...

Tuesday 19th October

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74. VENUE AND ARTIST CHANGE On the River

  • James Gilchrist
  • Jocelyn Freeman
  • Ben Goldsheider

Chamber Music

19 Oct 2021 17:45 | Saint John the Evangelist

Please note: This event has changed venue and will now be held at St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road. Stuart Jackson has regretfully had to withdraw from this recital. We are very grateful to the renowned tenor James Gilchrist for stepping in at short notice.   Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ (‘On the River’) is written for the unusual combination ...
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76. The Hermes Experiment: I Find Planets

  • Hermes Experiment

Chamber Music

19 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Hermes Experiment make a welcome return after their sensational performance in last year’s Festival. With their unique, rich sound-world of voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, the ensemble performs works by Nicola LeFanu, Errollyn Wallen, Eleanor Alberga and others. They include a new work by Tom Coult (see Event 64), I Find Planets, with an unusual text based on the Twitterbot &ls...

Wednesday 20th October

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82. Barcarolle

  • Charles Owen

Chamber Music

20 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Pianist Charles Owen has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘one of the finest pianists of his generation’, and this year he celebrates his 50th birthday with a series of concerts and recordings. His programme today includes Chopin’s Barcarolle, inspired by the songs of Venetian gondoliers, Schumann's Arabesque, and selections from Liszt’s&n...