NICOLA BENEDETTI and the
I will be playing with the Bath Philharmonia on at the Forum on November 30th at 7:30pm.
Nicola Benedetti, a fantastic, world renowned British violinist, will be playing one of my favourite violin concertos: Prokofiev no.2.
VIOLIN + PIANO CONCERT
Gisele Boll with Colin Howard
Friday September 28, 2018
St Andrew's Church, SP7 0NY
Canadian violinist Gisele Boll and British pianist Colin Howard was established a musical partnership in 2015 with concerts in Bath and Salisbury. Gisele, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute and McGill University, performs regularly with the Bath Philharmonic and the Bristol Ensemble. Colin, a scholar and prize-winner at the RCM, has worked as an accompanist with many instrumentalists and singers, including the cellist Steven Isserlis and baritone Thomas Hemsley, and is well-known also as a singer and conductor.
The Duo's colourful, passionate and varied programme of music for Fontmell is in part a tribute to the violinist Rosalind Richards, late of Springhead, with whom Colin made music for many years.
JS Bach's magisterial Sonata in B minor from 1725 is contrasted with the rococo brilliance of Mozart's A Major Sonata written in 1778. Antonin Dvorák conceived his Romantic Pieces originally for strings, making the version for violin & piano in 1887, since when these rhapsodic pieces have become staples of the romantic repertoire, with resonances of The New World Symphony and the Cello Concerto. Gabriel Fauré is represented by one of his loveliest shorter pieces, the Berceuse; Igor Stravinsky by the witty neo-classical pastiche that is the Suite from his ballet Pulcinella, based on melodies by the 18th c. composer Pergolesi. Arvo Pärt's sublime Fratres will be a still centre to the programme, with Manuel de Falla's brilliant, evocative and popular Suite of Spanish Folksongs giving a magnificent flourish at the close.