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Wednesday 24 April 2024, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RD

MAGDALENA KOŽENÁ, mezzo-soprano • MITSUKO UCHIDA, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Debussy
Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90
Debussy
Ariettes oubliées, L. 60
INTERVAL
Debussy
Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire, L. 64
Messiaen
Poèmes pour Mi (1937)

Born in the Czech city of Brno, Magdalena Kožená is one of the most sought-after singers performing today. As celebrated for her performances in the opera house as in the concert hall, she an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 1999 and has since been awarded multiple prizes for her albums including The Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award, The Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, the Echo Klassik Prize, Record Academy Prize Tokyo, and the Diapason d’or. In 2017, Magdalena forged a long-term relationship with Dutch label Pentatone and her three recordings with the company include Il Giardino dei sospiri with harpsichordist Václav Luks and Collegium 1704; an intimate chamber music album Soirée; and her most recent release, Nostalgia, with the celebrated pianist Yefim Bronfman.

During her illustrious career, Magdalena Kožená has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Roger Norrington. Her list of distinguished recital partners includes the pianists Daniel Barenboim, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida, with whom she has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals. She is also in demand as soloist with the Berlin, Vienna and Czech Philharmonics, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras.

 

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 an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and her April 2024 recital is her eighth 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.

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.

Monday 26 February 2024, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

JAN LISIECKI, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr David Kitson
Chopin
Prélude in D-flat, Op. 28 No. 15
Chopin
Prélude in A-flat, B. 86
Bach
Prelude in C, BWV 846, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Rachmaninov
Prelude in D minor, Op. 23 No. 3
Szymanowski
Preludes nos. 1-3 from Nine Preludes, Op. 1
Messiaen
Préludes nos. 1-3 from Préludes pour piano (1928-29)
Chopin
Prélude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45
Rachmaninov
Prélude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
Górecki
Preludes Nos. 1 and 4 from Four Preludes, Op. 1
Bach
Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Rachmaninov
Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5
INTERVAL
Chopin
Twenty-Four Préludes, Op. 28

Jan Lisiecki's dazzling, sold-out, debut concert for Camerata Musica in early 2023 was one of the most talked-about concerts of the season. He repeated this all-Chopin programme on a European tour that was consistently greeted by five-star reviews, ecstatic audiences, and sold-out performances in all of Europe's major capitals, as well as Milan's La Scala and Hamburg's vast new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

Described by the BBC Music Magazine  as ‘perhaps the most “complete” pianist of his age’, Lisiecki has become one of the most sought-after pianists performing today. 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.

Tuesday 20 February 2024, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RD

JAMES EHNES, violin • ANDREW ARMSTRONG, piano

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Bach
Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
INTERVAL
Shostakovich
Sonata in G, Op. 134

James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Denève, Sir Mark Elder, Ivan Fischer, Edward Gardner, Paavo Järvi, and Donald Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestral collaborations includes, amongst others, the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles, New York, Munich and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Philharmonia and DSO Berlin orchestras.

Alongside his concerto work, James Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule. He performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center Chicago, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Ravinia, Montreux, Chaise-Dieu, the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, Verbier Festival, among others. As part of the 2020 celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Ehnes performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with leading artists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Gautier Capuçon, Louis Lortie, Yo-Yo Ma, and Yuja Wang.

Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings, including two Grammy Awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada, and recipient of a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. James Ehnes plays the ‘Marsick’ Stradivarius of 1715.

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. His orchestral engagements across the globe have seen him perform an extensive repertoire with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Günther Herbig, Stefan Sanderling, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and has appeared in solo recitals in chamber-music concerts with the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets.

 

He has issued highly praised recordings of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, among others and has released several award-winning recordings with his long-time recital partner James Ehnes — most recently of the Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, to stellar reviews.

Tuesday 23 January 2024, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

BELCEA QUARTET

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne

Corina Belcea, violin

Suyeon Kang, violin

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Antoine Lederlin, cello

 

Beethoven
Quartet no. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
Bartók
Quartet no. 1 in A minor, Sz. 40
INTERVAL
Beethoven
Quartet no. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127

The Belcea Quartet has established itself in the last quarter-century as one of the world’s most celebrated chamber-music ensembles. Founded in 1994 and mentored by members of the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets, the ensemble brings together musicians of very different artistic provenance: the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea, the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, and their French colleagues, violinist Axel Schacher and cellist Antoine Lederlin. This diversity is reflected in the Belcea Quartet’s repertoire. Its performances of world-premieres of new works go hand-in-hand with its profound connection with the great works of the Classical and Romantic periods.

Since 2010, the quartet has been Artist-in-Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus (an honour shared with the equally celebrated Artemis Quartet), and since 2017 they have combined this Vienna appointment with the position of  Quartet Artist-in-Residence in Berlin’s premier chamber-music venue, the Pierre Boulez Saal.

The Belcea Quartet has an extensive and prize-winning discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet has recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live to great critical acclaim, including a Gramophone Award. This was followed in 2015 by the quartet’s highly acclaimed recording of works by Webern, Berg and Schoenberg. 2016 saw the release of the quartet’s recording of the complete Brahms String Quartets and the Piano Quintet (with the Austrian pianist Till Fellner), a CD acclaimed by the press and awarded a Diapason d’Or Award. Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3 and his Piano Quintet (with Piotr Anderszewski) followed in 2018, with works by  Janáček and Ligeti in 2019.

The Belcea Quartet’s performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2012 were broadcast by Mezzo TV and were released – on DVD and Blue Ray disk – by the label Euroarts in the autumn of 2014.

The musicians have created the Belcea Quartet Trust, whose main aims are to support and inspire young string quartets through a series of intensive coaching sessions, as well as to support the commissioning of new works from today’s leading composers to be premiered by the quartet in the future.