Robert Schumann's Fairy Tales for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, stormy and tender, set the mood for György Kurtág's deeply-felt Hommage to R. Sch., a work rich in allusions to the Romantic composer's fantastical alter egos Master Raro, Eusebius and Florestan. The programme concludes with Aram Khachaturian's exuberant Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, based on Middle Eastern folk melodies.
Märchenerzählungen Op. 132 - Robert Schumann
Hommage à Robert Schumann Op. 15b - György Kurtág
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano in G minor - Aram Khachaturian
Alex South (clarinet) Feargus Hetherington (viola/violin) Oliver Rundell (piano)
Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) Feargus Hetherington (violin/viola) and Geoffrey Tanti (piano)
Formed by three close musical friends, the Smith-Hetherington-Tanti Trio bring together the lyrical blend of voice, strings and piano in a rich and romantic repertoire. Their communicative and warm presence on stage make their performances passionate and memorable.
Two Songs Op.91 - Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Three Songs - Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941)
Erbarme Dich (St. Matthew Passion BWV 244) - Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750)
Songs My Mother Taught Me - Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904)
Morgen! Op.27 No.4 - Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Feargus, in collaboration with pianist Edward Cohen presents a recital programme reminiscent of a typical violin and piano recital from the era often referred to as the 'Golden Age of Violin Playing'. Programme information and regular blog updates can be found at this dedicated page:
This unique concert and photographic exhibition celebrates a remarkable and colourful era of violin playing which found its flowering during the first half of the 20th century.
Violinist Feargus Hetherington, and pianist Edward Cohen perform a thrilling programme of music, including the supremely melodic Concerto by Jules Conus. From the baroque idiom of Handel, to the exquisite Hollywood brilliance of Korngold's Much Ado About Nothing Suite, the variety of a traditional violin recital is brought back to life by the performers: they imbue the music with contemporary performance-practice ideals whilst retaining the magic of a bygone era. Much-loved encores by violinists - Fritz Kreisler's Liebesfreud and Jascha Heifetz's transcription Deep River, to name just two - conclude the evening.
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Feargus collaborated with Manchester-based pianist Benjamin Powell in special recitals of the two Brahms Viola Sonatas in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The final chamber music works by Johannes Brahms, these sonatas are the composer’s own transcription of the Clarinet Sonatas he wrote for the clarinettist Richard Muhlfeld. Beautiful and mystical works, at once strong and vulnerable, the Sonatas are laced with sublime melodies and rich textures.
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