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Hay Chamber Music Festival: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Susie Mészáros

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Lucy Russell (violin), Marcus Barcham Stevens (violin),
Alan George (viola), Sally Pendelbury (cello)

Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA

Tickets:  £15 (students £7.50) from Box Office

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Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate


Purcell:  Chacony in G minor, Z730
A 'chacony' (or 'chaconne') is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression.  Purcell, whose father and uncle were both court musicians, probably wrote this piece in the post that he had obtained in 1677 as composer for the court violin band. Benjamin Britten’s arrangement of the chaconne will be played in Sunday’s concert.
Glazunov:  ‘Alla Spagnuola’
Alexander Glazunov, born in St. Petersburg in 1865 the son of a wealthy book publisher, wrote Five ‘Novelettes’ during the mid 1880s the first of which is Alla Spagnuola (in the Spanish style).  Surprisingly, this work, long popular at chamber music concerts in Russia, has enjoyed little airing in the West.
Britten:  String Quartet No. 3, Op.94
Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 was his last completed major work.  It was written during his final illness, the first four movements at his home in Aldeburgh, and the fifth during his last visit to Venice.  "This is, after all, a work that gestures again and again towards some of life’s great mysteries, its most humbling challenges” (Roger Parker).  “It is where Britten officially takes his leave. A handful of works would follow, but this is the moment where he gives up his soul in music of affecting beauty. The last movement ensures he leaves with his head held high, innovating and captivating to the very end." (Brian Hogwood)
Mozart:  String Quintet in C major, K 515
The notion of a string quintet with two violas was new in the 1770s, when Mozart wrote the first of these works (K 174); but ten years later he produced one of the longest of all his chamber compositions with this sublime C major quintet.

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