CHAMBER MUSIC @ CLONTER – THE PIATTI ENSEMBLE WITH RICHARD WALDOCK
Saturday 25th February 2023 - 3:00 pm
“… The Piatti demonstrate their acute sensitivity to mood and texture right from the first of Bridge’s Idylls… As with the other works on the programme, the Piatti play [the Turnage] with absolute authority and conviction. A most enterprising and rewarding programme.”
Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone
“They gave a delightfully soft-grained performance…”
Ivan Hewett, Aldeburgh Festival review, The Telegraph
“Piatti Quartet review: A young ensemble at its finest…this splendid young ensemble brought lyrical warmth and a gripping urgency.”
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard
Piano Quartet in G Minor, op.25 – Johannes Brahms
Trout Piano Quintet in A major, D667 – Franz Schubert
The Piatti Ensemble is an exciting mix of the founding members of the Piatti Quartet with one of the foremost pianists in the UK, Simon Callaghan. They are amalgamating their wealth of experience in performance and in the recording studio to discover, record and promote not only the more renowned works for string ensemble and piano, but also neglected gems of the repertoire. They shall also be joined by Richard Waldock on Double Bass.
In 2023/24 they will be focusing on producing the premiere recordings through multiple discs with Lyrita Records. These recordings will showcase a rich body of works from famed but then largely forgotten UK composers from the 20th century such as Ernest Walker, Lilian Elkington and William Busch. They will also be Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Conway Hall, London and have a busy performing schedule lined up to launch their new partnership.
Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, in parallel with his highly successful career as a recording artist. In response to his regular performances in the UK’s major concert halls, his international tours to Asia, North America and Europe, and his extensive, acclaimed discography, Callaghan has developed a wide following.
The Piatti Quartet have performed worldwide and are famed for their daring repertoire choices and communicative performances. Their 2022 release with Hyperion Records, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘On Wenlock Edge’, with tenor Nicky Spence and pianist Julius Drake was nominated for ‘Recording of the Year’ with both Gramophone Magazine and Limelight Magazine and they have commissioned from many composers of international stature, including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Joseph Phibbs and Emily Howard.
The Piatti Ensemble takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music.
Have a listen to this recording to give you a taste of what to expect.
To entice our classical crowd, here is a Quintet of facts about the Trout Quintet.
1) The Trout Quintet is the popular name for the Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, by Franz Schubert.
2) The piano quintet was composed in 1819, when he was 22 years old; it was not published, however, until 1829, a year after his death.
3) The Trout Quintet got its name because the fourth movement is a set of variations on an earlier Schubert song called, funnily enough, The Trout. The song was originally a warning to young women against being ‘caught’ by ‘angling’ young men. But Schubert didn’t set the final lines of the poem, preferring to concentrate on evoking the image of the trout in water and the reaction to it being caught by a fisherman.
4) The Trout Quintet was composed in the summer of 1819 while Schubert was on holiday in Steyr in Austria with the baritone Johann Michael Vogl, his friend and a tireless promoter of his works.
5) The Trout Quintet is one of Schubert’s most popular compositions. In 2015 actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry chose the Trout Quintet as his second disc to take away to the imaginary desert island on the Radio Four programme Desert Island Discs.
Ticket Pricing & Booking Information
Tickets £10.50, £16, £21, £26, FREE for 26-year-olds and under (ID may be required)
Early Bird Ticket (10% Discount) available until 21st December
Group Discount (10% Discount) 10+
U3A Discount (10% Discount)
Doors Open 2pm
Performance Starts 3pm
Interval 30 minutes
Performance Ends Approx. 5pm
Priority Booking for Patrons Wed 30 November
Priority Booking for Friends Wed 7 December
General Sale Wed 14 December
Drink Arrangements – All drink consumed inside the premises must be purchased from the bar. These may be ordered in advance.
N.B. Table booking facilities close a week before the performance date. Pre-order drinks facilities close at 4pm the day before a performance.