Ironwood Concert Season 2017

 

Come experience Ironwood’s vibrant 2017 season devoted to three centuries of incredible chamber music and education activities drawing on world-class expertise in historically informed performance (HIP).

 

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Upcoming Concerts

 

 

Saturday 22 April

 

The Poetic and the Fantastic

 

Schmelzer Lamento sopra Ferdinandi III

Schmelzer Die Fechtschule

Biber Balletti

Becker Sonata no. 3

Becker Pavan

 

Musicians

Julia Fredersdorff (violin), Anna McMichael (violin), guest viola player, Daniel Yeadon (cello and viola da gamba), Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord and organ)

 

Venue

Glebe Town Hall - 6:30pm

 

In Season 1 we present the rich and unusual sounds of the seventeenth-century stylus fantasticus era. Heinrich Schmelzer, the famous composer associated for much of his life with the Habsburg Court in Vienna, developed string playing style and technique influencing later European masters including Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Schmelzer’s Sacro-profanus concentus musicus explores diverse character pieces such as Die Fechtschule (The Fencing School evoking battle) and the famous homage on the death of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III - Lamento sopra il morte Ferdinandi III, which exploits rhetorical gestures representing words and feelings from the art of Musica Poetica. Biber’s Balletti give an insight into the furtive imagination of this most interesting of seventeenth-century composers who pushed the boundaries of style and effects.

The organist and violinist Dietrich Becker’s rarely heard instrumental works are among the most rich and inventive of the seventeenth century.

 

 

 

Friday 2 June

 

From Schumann to Brahms: New Paths

 

Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major op. 44

Brahms Piano Trio in C major op. 87

 

Musicians

Robin Wilson (violin), Anna McMichael (violin) guest viola player, Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (historical piano)

 

Venue

Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 6:30pm

 

Season 2 draws audiences into the highly expressive world of Robert Schumann and his close musical ally Johannes Brahms. Hailed for its illuminating forays into the performing style of the nineteenth-century German school, Ironwood presents Schumann’s “extroverted and exuberant” Piano Quintet in E flat op. 44, arguably the first work for piano and strings that revolutionised the piano quintet form in the Romantic era.

Composed in Schumann’s so-called Chamber Music Year of 1842, Clara Schumann who championed the work throughout her life described it as “splendid, full of vigour and freshness”. The Quintet is complemented with Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major op. 87 composed in 1880-2, when the composer had reached the height of his financial success and maturation as a composer. Schumann, in his famous article Neue Bahnen (New Paths), had already extolled Brahms as “destined to give ideal expression to the times.”

Brahms was extremely happy with this work commenting to his publisher: “You have not yet had such a beautiful trio from me and very likely have not published its equal in the last ten years.”

 

 

 

Saturday 4 November

 

A Perfect Combination

 

Graf String Quartet no. 4 in D major

Mozart String Quartet K. 157 in C major

Haydn String Quartet op. 77 no. 2 in F major

 

Musicians

Rachael Beesley (violin), Julia Fredersdorff (violin), guest viola player, Daniel Yeadon (cello)

 

Venue

Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 6:30pm

 

Season 3 explores the world of the revered Classical-era string quartet offering Australian audiences a unique opportunity to hear such works played on gut strings with keen awareness of period performing practices, restoring the musical language and expressivity expected by such composers as Mozart and Haydn.

Amongst the well-known quartets of these two giants, the programme offers a musical rarity in the String Quartet no. 4 by the German Christian Ernst Graf, a composer whose works are transitional in nature but demonstrate melodious inventiveness at its most charming.

 

 

 

Friday 24 November

 

Early Romantic Gems

 

Eberl Piano Quintet op. 41

Schubert String Quartet D. 94 in D major

 

Musicians

Anna McMichael (violin), Rachael Beesley (violin), guest viola players, Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (historical piano)

 

Venue

Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 6.30pm

 

In Season 4 we celebrate the advent of Romantic style with Schubert’s early String Quartet D. 94 composed in 1812 when he was only 15 years old. Schubert wrote his early string quartets mainly to enjoy in domestic concerts with his family. And yet these already herald his penchant for experimentation with surprising key relationships, thematic linking, and such new string effects as tremolo. A selection of Beethoven’s Bagatelles for solo piano contrast with music of his near contemporary Anton Eberl whose works are still rarely heard in Australia. Eberl studied with Mozart and was known as a foremost piano virtuoso and teacher in Europe. Some of his music has been described as being as good as or better than Beethoven. His Piano Quintet op. 41 for clarinet or violin, two violas, cello and piano is instantly appealing and imaginative in approach to form pushing the boundaries and heralding Romanticism.

 

 

2016 Concert Season

 

 

Sunday 20 November 3pm

 

Elgar's piano quintet

 

Elgar's Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84

 

Musicians

Robin Wilson (violin), Rachael Beesley (violin), Simon Oswell (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (piano)

 

Venue

Concerts at Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

 

 

Friday May 27 6:30pm

 

Ironwood 2016 Sydney concert series at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

 

Schubert's Trout

 

Schubert String trio D.471

Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (the Trout)

 

Musicians

Anna McMichael (violin) , Sascha Bota (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (piano), Rob Nairn (double bass)

 

 

Monday 5 September 6.30pm

 

Ironwood 2016 Sydney concert series at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

 

Mozart's Fantasy

 

Mozart Fantasie K.397 for keyboard

1st movt Beethoven G major String trio Op. 9 no 1

Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K478

 

Musicians

Anna McMichael (violin), Nicole Forsyth (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (piano)

 

 

Tuesday 11 October 6.30pm

 

Prussian Inspiration: string quartets for King Wilhelm

 

Boccherini opus 32

Haydn opus 50

Mozart Prussian quartet

 

King Friedrich Wilhelm II, an enthusiastic amateur cellist was the inspiration for these three works by the masters of the Classical string quartet, Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart. All composed in the late 18th century, these quartets offer a dazzlingly display of virtuosity and charming solos, notably for the cello part. In 2016, Ironwood celebrates 10 years committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments. We are thrilled to present this special concert in Melbourne to celebrate musical friendships and 10 years of music making, exploring and sharing the music we love.

 

Musicians

Rachael Beesley (violin), Peter Clark (violin), Katie Yap (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello)

 

 

Wednesday 12 October 6.30pm

 

Prussian Inspiration: string quartets for King Wilhelm

 

Boccherini opus 32

Haydn opus 50

Mozart Prussian quartet

 

King Friedrich Wilhelm II, an enthusiastic amateur cellist was the inspiration for these three works by the masters of the Classical string quartet, Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart. All composed in the late 18th century, these quartets offer a dazzlingly display of virtuosity and charming solos, notably for the cello part. In 2016, Ironwood celebrates 10 years committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments. We are thrilled to present this special concert in Melbourne to celebrate musical friendships and 10 years of music making, exploring and sharing the music we love.

 

Musicians

Rachael Beesley (violin), Peter Clark (violin), Katie Yap (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello)

 

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