We are proud to perform in honour of Prof. Bojan Bujic’s birthday next Monday, February 27th at the University of Oxford. Prof. Bujic was a student of Egon Wellesz, whose late chamber music works we recorded recently on #ToccataClassics, hence Egon Wellesz’ music will be part of the programme!
In the afternoon, we will hold a chamber music masterclass at the Faculty of Music @Oxford University:
“In its mix of tonality, Expressionism and Schoenbergian serialism, the late chamber music of Egon Wellesz (1885–1974) – born in Vienna but an Oxford don for almost four decades – marries the mid-century radicalism of his native city with the lyricism of his adoptive homeland. In the first part of his career Wellesz was best known as a composer of operas, and these chamber works were audibly written by someone with a keen sense of drama: in their primal passion, flawless pacing, arching melodic lines and occasional bursts of humour, one can almost imagine them on stage.”
We had a fantastic time touring the Scottish Highlands last week. Playing Mozart’s Divertimento KV563, Leo Weiner’s string trio in G minor, Op. 6, Harti’s trio arrangement of Grażyna Bacewicz’s Oberek and other little gems.
Thanks to the wonderful audiences and lovely hosts!
We recorded Luigi Boccherini’s String Trio Op. 14 No. 4 and Evva’s arrangement of a fiery tango: Charlo’s El viejo vals.
Luigi Boccherini – Trio Op. 14 No. 4 in D Major, G. 98, composed in 1772.
Boccherini, born in Italy and an acclaimed cellist, had just entered the employment of Infante Luis Antonio of Spain in Madrid in 1770 (the younger brother of King Charles III of Spain). The newfound freedoms of this patronage seem to be reflected in the music, which is full of joy, elegance and colourful ideas.
A few impressions from the Roman River Festival in September where we had the pleasure of premiering Steve Elcock’s String Trio No.2. and playing to a full house – a wonderful audience in a stunning place!