Brahms wrote his romantically-scored Two Songs for his dear friends the violinist Joseph Joachim and his singer wife, Amalie Weiss. The work provides the inspiration for a programme which includes works by Bridge, Liszt, Schubert, Quilter & Debussy plus a companion piece, also written for the richly-timbred combination of alto, viola and piano, and commissioned by LDSM especially for this performance,
Brahms Two Songs for mezzo soprano, viola and piano
Philip Cooke Lakesongs (world premiere)
Plus songs by Bridge, Liszt, Schubert, Quilter & Debussy
Clare has a lively career on the operatic stage and as a concert singer. As well as performing with Scottish Opera and ENO, she appears regularly at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. With ROH2 she has also been closely involved in new operas by Eleanor Alberga and Stephen McNeff, as well as appearing in 'danced theatre' productions by the Royal Ballet's William Tuckett and working on Errollyn Wallen's opera for children at Opera North.
Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko Inoue has performed as soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras, including the Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with such eminent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir Charles Groves, György Pauk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair.
Tadashi Imai made his debut in Tokyo in 1997 under the auspices of the Japan Committee of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a prize-winner of several international competitions in Japan and the United States, he has performed Chopin's Piano Concerto no.1 with the Osaka Symphoniker and Tchaikovsky's Concerto no. 1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.