The Schubert Ensemble
William Howard: piano
Simon Blendis: violin
Jane Salmon: cello
Douglas Paterson: viola
Peter Buckoke: double bass
Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet
Judith Weir Piano Quintet (2018)
Dvořák Piano Quartet in E Flat
After 35 years at the forefront of British chamber music, the Schubert Ensemble will perform for the last time in Cambridge, as part of their farewell season, at this special pre-Festival concert for Cambridge Summer Music, with a programme of passion and nostalgia.
Vaughan Williams quintet was only recently discovered, but its rich romanticism tinged with poignant longing make a perfect foil to Dvořák’s exuberant, folk-inspired second piano quartet.
In between is the Schubert Ensemble’s 50th and final commission, Judith Weir’s tender and witty re-imagining of Schubert’s song Abschied, or ‘Farewell’, a warm and personal ‘goodbye’ from a composer who has collaborated regularly with the Ensemble throughout its career.
“The Schubert Ensemble are not only adept at delivering the melodic side without an ounce of sentimentality, they show a strong appreciation of the inherent drama that energises these works, particularly the [Dvorak] Piano Quartet; I have rarely encountered a more satisfying performance of its first movement, and the depth the players bring to the Lento is remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine
“The Schubert Ensemble of London are a marvellously unified ensemble, imparting their energy and lyricism to anything to which they turn their expert hands.” Classic FM Magazine
“They gave a performance so forthright and passionate that at times it sounded as if a chamber orchestra were playing. A hugely impressive concert…” Strad
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