The Veles Ensemble will open this evening of contrast with a true classic: Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No. 1 in G-major. The trios Op.9 – published in 1798 – are often considered to be one of Beethoven’s most important early works. The G-major’s powerful and even symphonic qualities, wide melodic lines, contrasts and the breathtaking vigour of the finale leave no doubt about its historic significance. It is followed by Zoltan Kodály’s Intermezzo, a wonderfully fresh and light scherzo, written by the then 23 year young composer while finishing a dissertation on the Hungarian folk song at the Budapest academy. Not surprisingly, it combines the spirit of the Hungarian folk song (but without the clyché!) with the depth and sophisticated textures reminiscent of Dohnányi, whose Serenade for string trio served as a model for this short and entertaining delight.
Ahmed Mukhtar will continue the evening presenting Iraqi music with Oud solo’s. He will then be joined be Veles Ensemble to finish with arrangements of his own compositions.
26th September, 7:30pm
St Margaret Pattens
Rood Lane, EC3M1HS
Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/veles-ensemble-ahmed-mukhtar-tickets-47093079669