Forthcoming Concerts at West Road Concert Hall & Peterhouse Theatre

Sunday 7 November 2021, 3:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge NOTE EARLIER START TIME

SAMUEL HASSELHORN, baritone • HELMUT DEUTSCH, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Schumann
‘Abends am Strand’, from Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 45, No. 3
‘Dein Angesicht’, from Funf Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 127, No. 2
‘Lehn deine Wang’ an meine Wang’, from Vier Gesänge, Op. 142, No. 2
‘Mein Wagen rollet langsam’, from Vier Gesänge, Op. 142, No. 4
Schumann
Liederkreis, Op. 39
Schumann
Dichterliebe, Op. 48

The distinguished German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn first came to prominence when he was a prize-winner in the 2015 Kohn Foundation International Song Competition at Wigmore Hall, and shot to international fame when he won the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, with a jury chaired by the great baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Since then, Samuel Hasselhorn has gone on to win first prize in the 2018 Jungen Opernstars [Young Opera Stars] competition of German South West Radio, adding to a portfolio of awards that already included prizes from the Hugo Wolf Competition, Young Concert Artists Auditions New York, Nadia and the Lili Boulanger Competition Paris, and Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin.

In concert and recital Samuel Hasselhorn has appeared at Ravinia Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame de Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, Schubertiade Vilabertran and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Music Festival; opera highlights include Kaiser Overall in Viktor UllmannDer Kaiser von Atlantis and as Masetto in Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Lyon, and his debut at Leipzig Opera. Hasselhorn was a member of the Vienna State Opera for two seasons. His first CD, Nachtblicke, with Lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann was released to critical acclaim in 2014.

Born in Austria, Helmut Deutsch is internationally renowned as a chamber musician and accompanist. He began his accompanying career with Irmgard Seefried and has since accompanied singers including Juliane Banse, Barbara Bonney, Grace Bumbry, Ileana Cotrubas, Diana Damrau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Angelika Kirchschlager, Genia Kühmeier, Christiane Oelze, Rita Streich, Ruth Ziesa and Olaf Bär, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Thomas Moser, Christoph Pregardien, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Michael Volle and Bernd Weikl. Helmut Deutsch made his Royal Opera debut in 2014, accompanying his regular recital partner Jonas Kaufmann in a main-stage recital of Winterreise. Deutsch appears frequently as a guest performer at music centres and festivals around the world.

His wide discography includes many award-winning recordings. He taught at the Vienna University of Music from 1967 to 1979 and was Professor at the Munich Hochschule für Musik 1986–2011. He continues to give regular masterclasses in Europe and Japan.

 

Wednesday 2 February 2022, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

LUCAS & ARTHUR JUSSEN, pianos

Student tickets generously supported by the Cavatina Trust
Shostakovich
Concertino for Two Pianos, Op. 94
Schubert
Fantasie in F minor, D. 940
Ravel
La Valse, poème chorégraphique, M. 72
Stravinsky
Le Sacre du printemps [The Rite of Spring], version for two pianos (1913)

 

The brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen are the world’s foremost piano duo, recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2010. They are currently Artists in Residence   at the Konzerthaus Berlin for the 2021-22 season. They have performed with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Concertgebouworkest (Amsterdam) and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, as well as Montréal, Sydney, Singapore and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. They have collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jaap van Zweden.

 

Their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek audience award. A Schubert recording and Jeux, a CD dedicated to French piano music, were subsequently released. Their recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos KV 365 and KV 242 together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner reached gold status. The Jussen brothers also recorded Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals with the Concertgebouworkest and Stéphane Denève, as well as concertos and chorales by Bach with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The latest addition to their discography is The Russian Album (released March 2021) which features works for two pianos by Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Arensky.

 

 

Saturday 19 February 2022, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

SIMON BARRAD, bass-baritone • TIMOTHY RIDOUT, viola • IGNAT SOLZHENITSYN, piano

Student tickets generously supported by the Cavatina Trust
Shostakovich
Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145
Shostakovich
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147

The versatility of Grammy-nominated baritone, Simon Barrad, has been heard in genre-bending concerts across the United States and Europe. His talent for unique and innovative programming and arranging – melding new and old, jazz and drama, classical technique and heartfelt folk idioms – has led to recent features in the United States at the Art of the Piano Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Token Creek Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, and Cincinnati Opera. His upcoming performance highlights include debuts at Wigmore Hall in London, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and West Edge Opera.  However, the 2015/16 Fulbright scholar to Finland has also headlined concerts across the Atlantic at Helsinkis Musiikkitalo, Finlands National Opera House, and the Berlin Philharmonie. Through his performing and as a mentor for ArtSmart, which provides free music and singing lessons to teenagers in underserved communities, Simon Barrad strives to build a more equitable world of empathy and understanding through music.

Timothy Ridout is one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. With recent awards including the inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize in Hamburg and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Timothy Ridout has confirmed his position at the forefront of young European soloists. He has been a BBC New Generation Artist since 2019 and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021. 

Concerto engagements this season and last include Berlioz’ Harold en Italie with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille; Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Sion Festival (alongside Janine Jansen) and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg; Bartok with the BBC Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Sinfonieorchester Aachen; Walton with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; and the Britten Double Concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling and Sir Andras Schiff.

Equally in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, his engagements include several appearances per season at the Wigmore Hall as well as throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Festivals invitations encompass Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Heimbach, Bergen, Evian, Boswil Sommer, Heidelberger-Frühling, Montpellier, Aspen, the Enescu Festival and the Marlboro Academy; whilst his chamber music collaborators include Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt and Christian Gerhaher, among many others. He also maintains a regular relationship with the Nash Ensemble.

Recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. His extensive touring schedule in the United States and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney, and collaborations with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn and Mstislav Rostropovich. In addition to his recital appearances in the United States, Ignat Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Solzhenitsyn has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, and in four-hand recital with Mitsuko Uchida.  He has frequently appeared at international festivals, including Salzburg, Evian, Ludwigsburg, Caramoor, Ojai, Marlboro, Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscows famed December Evenings.

 

Tuesday 8 March 2022, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

VIKTORIA MULLOVA, violin • ALASDAIR BEATSON, fortepiano

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra. Student tickets are supported by the Cavatina Trust.
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F, Op. 25
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 90 no. 2
Schubert
Fantasie for Violin and Piano in C, D. 934

Long regarded as one of the world’s greatest violin virtuosos, Viktoria Mullova’s musical horizons continue to expand. Already a master of the classical repertory, she has jalso ourneyed into the world of jazz and world music, she works regularly with the period ensembles such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina and Venice Baroque, as well as appearing each season with top international orchestras and conductors.

This season, Viktoria Mullova performs Classical and Romantic repertoire with several major orchestras and conductors. Highlights include Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. With Alasdair Beatson she plays Beethoven recitals on gut strings and fortepiano, repertoire which also forms her most recent recording. As well as her own projects, she has also commissioned works from composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Fraser Trainer, Thomas Larcher and Dai Fujikura.

Viktoria Mullova plays either her ‘Jules Falk’ 1723 Stradivarius or a Guadagnini violin.

Alasdair Beatson is renowned as an outstanding musician and intrepid programmer. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, and Messiaen. In recent years he has appeared with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. Two new recordings were released in Spring 2021: three Beethoven Sonatas for violin and fortepiano with Viktoria Mullova on Onyx, and a solo piano recital Aus Wien on Pentatone. These join an acclaimed discography of numerous solo and chamber recordings, on modern and period pianos, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin, Pentatone and SOMM labels.

Saturday 7 May 2022, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge

MITSUKO UCHIDA, piano • MARK PADMORE, tenor

Beethoven
An die ferne Geliebte [To the Distant Beloved], Op. 98
Schubert
Schwanengesang, D. 957

World-renowned tenor Mark Padmore has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars. He is currently an artist in residence at London’s Wigmore Hall where he celebrates his relationship with pianists Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida and Paul Lewis. He has previously been artist in residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and recently appeared in a new Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of Brittens Death in Venice, where his performance was described as a tour de force” and exquisite of voice, [presenting] Aschenbachs physical and spiritual breakdown with extraordinary detail and insight”.
 

Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 QueensBirthday Honours List.

Legendary pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. She is a former Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and her October recital is her fifth for Camerata Musica.

She has enjoyed close relationships over many years with the worlds most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and – in the US – the Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom she recently celebrated her 100th performance at Severance Hall.  Conductors with whom she has worked closely have included Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mariss Jansons.

Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida has been an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is currently engaged on a five-year touring project in Europe and North America.  She also appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo, and is a frequent guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her multi-award-winning discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas.  She is the recipient of two Grammy Awards – for Mozart Concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, and for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann – and her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.