Emmanuel Bach (Violin), Jenny Stern (Piano)
J.S. Bach: Solo Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003 (1720)
The unaccompanied opening piece was the perfect introductory showcase for the soloist’s technical mastery. From the large leaps in register obvious in the first bars to the lyrical simplicity of the third movement, we were reminded of Bach’s unique music: full of challenges and creative possibilities, so well captured in tonight’s rendition of the sonata.
Beethoven: Sonata No.8 in G. Op.30 No.3 (1802)
The well-versed dialogue violin-piano is evident throughout the piece, from the Allegro assai in 6/8 time to the light-hearted Allegro vivace finale. The musicians captured the tempestuous or the more delicate passages with suitably balanced aplomb.
Lera Auerbach: Sonata No.3 (2006)
The mournful introductory notes by piano are soon followed by delicate sounds and elegiac violin tones. A mixture of contemporary sound and familiar reverberations, the soaring harmonics skillfully captured the mystery of a less known piece.
Debussy: Sonata in G minor
Premiered a year before Debussy’s death (with the composer himself on the piano), the intricate and subtle mixture of moods and emotions that exude from the entire piece have expressed the intended melancholic theme.
Ysaÿe: Caprice, d'après L'Étude en Forme de Valse, Op.52, No.6 Saint- Saëns (1901)
Extravagant and mischievous, the piece was often played by the composer himself. This evening’s duo showcased convincingly Ysaÿe’s masterful arrangement in a lively and subtle performance.
Overall, Emmanuel Bach and Jenny Stern delighted the receptive audience with a rich and diverse repertoire spanning three centuries.
Emmanuel Bach (Violin), Jenny Stern (Piano)
Dear Members and Friends
Just to remind you that our next Whitstable Music Society Concert is on Sat 23rd February at 7.30pm at our usual venue and features the remarkable young violinist Emanuel Bach with the pianist Jenny Stern.
Emmanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly. He won the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition. He has performed in the UK and abroad, playing concertos by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and others. In 2017, he played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Concerto. He was notably invited to play as a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto.
Jenny Stern studied at the Royal College of Music under the late Lamar Crowson and subsequently at the University of Natal, South Africa. On graduating, she was awarded the prestigious Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship, enabling her to return to London for further study where she now lives. Jenny is active as a performer, having appeared widely in South Africa and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and is an experienced accompanist. She is regularly invited to adjudicate festivals and competitions.
Their programme includes both the Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in G and the Debussy Sonata in G minor together with works by J.S. Bach, Lera Auerbach and Ysaye.
These musicians have a remarkable chemistry and a wonderful feel for the violin/piano repertoire so this concert is one not to be missed.
Galliard Wind Quintet
A Happy New Year!
So far 2019 has proved to be a very turbulent year at least in the political arena so like me you may relish the chance of a break from Brexit and come to our first concert of 2019 on Saturday 26th January at our usual venue St Johns Methodist Church, Argyle Road Whitstable at 7.30pm.
We are delighted to welcome the Galliard Wind Quintet.
The Galliard is known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style and its recordings have been widely praised; the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as “outstanding” or as the Critics’ Choice.
They have worked closely with many leading contemporary composers, including György Ligeti and with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, on his quintet Five Distances (for their performance at the BBC Proms) which lead to their award-winning CD of Birtwistle’s chamber music for winds.
This season we are championing the work of women composers so in addition to works by Mozart, Darius Milhaud, Ravel, and others the Galliard have programmed a wonderful piece by Cecilia McDowell "Subject to the Weather."
Born in London in 1951, British composer Cecilia McDowell has been described by the International Record Review as having “a communicative gift that is very rare in modern music”. Often inspired by extra-musical influences, her writing combines a rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism. This piece bears the characteristic hallmarks of her music.
Do make a note of the concert in your diary and we very much look forward to seeing you there.
Alicia Chaffey (Piano)
Our next concert is on Saturday 24th December at our usual venue St Johns Methodist Church, Argyle Road Whitstable and features the pianist Alicia Chaffey.
Alicia has the unique ability to connect with her audience by expressing the power of emotion in her playing. She is devoted to piano music of the romantic era and more recently has championed some of the lesser known contemporary repertoire.
Alicia graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 2013, where she was twice winner of the annual concerto competition and recipient of the Dame Felicity Lot Bursary. She recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studied with the renowned Italian concert pianist Gabriele Baldocci.
This season we are championing the work of women composers and Alicia will commence her recital with the Three Romances Op.11 by Clara Schumann. Other works include Three Sketches by Frank Bridge, the Dohnanyi Rhapsody in C major, the Chopin Ballade in A flat Op 47 No.3 and the Schumann Fantasiestucke Op.12.
Do make a note of the concert in your diary and we very much look forward to seeing you there
Fujita Piano Trio
Our second concert in this current series forms part of The Canterbury Festival and takes place on Saturday 27th October at 7.30pm at our usual venue Whitstable Methodist Church Argyle Road Whitstable CT5 1JS.
On this occasion we are pleased to welcome back to Whitstable the wonderful Fujita Piano Trio, one of the most remarkable piano trios of their generation. The Fujita sisters have been playing chamber music together since early childhood and because we recognise the extraordinary quality of their playing, all completely from memory, this will be the third occasion on which they have been invited back to perform for us in Whitstable. This in itself is a mark of the very high regard in which we hold this trio bearing in mind the exceptionally high standards we set ourselves as a chamber music society.
In this current season we have decided to draw attention to the work of some exceptional women composers whose remarkable works are sometimes overlooked. We are therefore delighted that in addition to works by Haydn, Frank Bridge and Felix Mendelssohn the trio have included the remarkable Piano Trio in G minor Op 17 by Clara Schumann.
Do make a note in your diary and I very much look forward to seeing you on 27th October.