Forthcoming Concerts at West Road Concert Hall & Peterhouse Theatre

Friday 11 November 2022, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

The EMERSON STRING QUARTET

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne, with support for student tickets from the Cavatina Trust

Eugene Drucker, violin

Philip Setzer, violin

Lawrence Dutton, viola

Paul Watkins, cello

 

Shostakovich
Quartet no. 10 in A-flat, Op. 118
Shostakovich
Quartet no. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Beethoven
Quartet no. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127

For more than four decades, the Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles. ‘With musicians like this,’ wrote a reviewer for The Times, ‘there must be some hope for humanity.’ The Quartet has made more than thirty acclaimed recordings, and has been honoured with nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year award. The Quartet collaborates with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet form alive and relevant. The group has partnered in performance with such stellar soloists as Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Evgeny Kissin, Emanuel Ax, and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few. 

The Quartet’s extensive discography includes the complete string quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bartok, Webern, and Shostakovich, as well as multi-CD sets of the major works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Dvorak. In 2018, Deutsche Grammophon issued a box of the Emerson Complete Recordings on the label. In October 2020, the group released a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets for the Pentatone label. In the preceding year, the Quartet joined forces with Grammy-winning pianist, Evgeny Kissin, to release a collaborative album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded live at a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert in 2018. 

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson String Quartet was one of the first quartets to have its violinists alternate in the first chair position. The Quartet, which takes its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, balances busy performing careers with a commitment to teaching, and serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. In 2013, cellist Paul Watkins—a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician—joined the original members of the Quartet to form today’s group.

Thursday 1 December 2022, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Bach
Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Klavier, Book II
Beethoven
Sonata no. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the most outstanding pianists performing today. He appears regularly in recital at such concert halls as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Staatskapelle orchestras, the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has also placed special emphasis on playing and directing, working with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg.

His recent recital programme have featured a specially curated selection from J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier Book 2, which is also the subject of his latest recording released in January 2021. This recording went on to win a Gramophone Award in September 2021. His orchestral engagements included appearances with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jakub Hrůša, and the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by David Zinman.

Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics-Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes. He has also recorded Grammy-nominated discs of Bach's Partitas nos. 1, 3 and 6 and Szymanowski's solo piano works, the latter also receiving a Gramophone Award in 2006. His recording devoted to works by Robert Schumann received the BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Year award in 2012. Anderszewski's disc of Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5, released in November 2014, went on to win both a Gramophone Award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015. Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been a recipient of the Gilmore Award, the Szymanowski Prize, and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

 

Friday 27 January 2023, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

TRIO WANDERER

Vincent Coq, piano

Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin

Raphaël Pidoux, cello

 

Schubert
Trio no. 2 in E-flat, D. 929
Shostakovich
Trio no. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

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Acclaimed for its extraordinarily sensitive style, almost telepathic understanding of each other and technical mastery, the Paris-based Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Called a ‘Wandering Star’ by the Strad Magazine, the Trio has performed on the most prestigious music stages of the world: Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Vienna Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Washington’s Library of Congress, Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They have also performed at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Montreux, and Salzburg.

They have collaborated on numerous occasions with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Hogwood, James Loughran, François-Xavier Roth, José Areán, Charles Dutoit and James Conlon, and they have been accompanied, in triple or double concertos, some of the world’s most famous orchestras.

Their recordings have been awarded numerous major prizes including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Critic’s Choice and Editor Choice of Gramophone, CD of the Month’ by the BBC Music Magazine, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Midem International Classical Music Award. The New York Times declared their interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios the new reference-point for these works, and their Schubert Trout Quintet and Hummel Quintet recording have been included in Forbes’s Top 100 Quality Music Library. In 2016, their recording of Schubert Trio no. 2 in E-flat (which they play in the concert for Camerata Musica Cambridge) has been chosen as best version amongst 14 other ones by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library – CD Review’ .

In 2015, Trio Wanderer’s members were honoured with the rank of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres).

 

Saturday 11 February 2023, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RD

MITSUKO UCHIDA, piano

Beethoven
Sonata no. 30 in E, Op. 109
Beethoven
Sonata no. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110
Beethoven
Sonata no. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

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 February 2023 recital is her seventh for Camerata Musica Cambridge.

She has enjoyed close relationships over many years with the world’s 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.

Wednesday 1 March 2023, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

JAN LISIECKI, piano

Chopin
Étude in C, Op. 10 No. 1
Chopin
Nocturne in C minor, Op. Posth.
Chopin
Étude in A minor, Op. 10 No. 2
Chopin
Nocturne in E, Op. 62 No. 2
Chopin
Étude in E, Op. 10 No. 3
Chopin
Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4
Chopin
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Chopin
Nocturne in D-flat, Op. 27 No. 2
Chopin
Étude in G-flat, Op. 10 No. 5
Chopin
Étude in E-flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6
Chopin
Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2
Chopin
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
INTERVAL
Chopin
Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3
Chopin
Étude in C, Op. 10 No. 7
Chopin
Nocturne in F, Op. 15 No. 1
Chopin
Étude in F, Op. 10 No. 8
Chopin
Étude in F minor, Op. 10 No. 9
Chopin
Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1
Chopin
Étude in A-flat, Op. 10 No. 10
Chopin
Nocturne in A-flat, Op. 32 No. 2
Chopin
Étude in E-flat, Op. 10 No. 11
Chopin
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. Posth.
Chopin
Étude in C minor, Op. 10 No. 12 'Revolutionary'

Described by the BBC Music Magazine  as ‘perhaps the most “complete” pianist of his age’, Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. Still in his twenties, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and the late Claudio Abbado.

Recent return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Lisiecki recently performed a Beethoven Lieder cycle with baritone, Matthias Goerne, at the Salzburg Festival, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of fifteen, Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The label launched its celebrations of the Beethoven Year 2020 with the release of a live recording of all five Beethoven concertos from the Konzerthaus Berlin, with Lisiecki leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano. His Beethoven Lieder cycle with Matthias Goerne, released shortly after, was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Lisiecki’s eighth recording for Deutsche Grammophon, a double album of Frédéric Chopin's Complete Nocturnes, appeared in August 2021 and immediately topped the classical charts in North America and Europe. His recordings have been awarded with the JUNO and ECHO Klassik.

At eighteen, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.

 

Friday 10 March 2023, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RD

SAMUEL HASSELHORN, baritone • HELMUT DEUTSCH, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Schubert
Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795

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.

 

Friday 28 April 2023, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

ANGELA HEWITT, piano

Mozart
Sonata in D major, K. 576
Beethoven
Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 3
Mozart
Sonata in C minor, K. 457
Beethoven
Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her interpretations of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

 

Angela Hewitt’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as ‘one of the record glories of our age’ (The Sunday Times). Her much-awaited recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue appeared in 2014, and immediately hit the charts in the UK and USA. Her discography also includes albums of Couperin, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, and Granados. With conductor Hannu Lintu she has recorded two albums of Mozart Piano Concertos (the most recent one with the National Arts Centre Orchestra won a Juno Award in Canada), the Schumann Piano Concerto with the DSO Berlin, and Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony. New releases include her first disc of Scarlatti Sonatas, and her sixth volume of Beethoven Sonatas (including ‘Les Adieux’). In 2016, Angela Hewitt was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ thanks to her popularity with music lovers around the world. Her second recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released in September 2016. Named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the same year. In 2015 Angela was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, has seven honorary doctorates, and is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse.

 

Photograph: © Lorenzo Dogana