Ursula Smith (cello) Emiko Tadenuma (piano)

8.00pm Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Victoria Hall, Grange-Over-Sands

£16 Unreserved Seating

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Beethoven Twelve Variations in F major on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op.66 10’

Schumann Funf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 17’

Dvořák Waldesruhe (Silent Woods), Op.68 No.5 6’

Dvořák Polonaise in A major 8’

Kodály Capriccio for solo cello 5’

Sibelius Malinconia, Op.20 13’

Fauré Sonata No.2 in G minor for cello and piano, Op.117 19’

For the third time in the festival, we hear Beethoven taking Mozart as his reference: this time it is Papageno’s song from Act II of The Magic Flute, with these variations composed for a visit to the Berlin court of cellist King Wilhelm II of Prussia. Despite profound deafness at the time of its composition, Fauré’s late sonata is filled with euphoria and a joy for life: even its slow movement, originally a funeral march for wind band commemorating the centenary of Napoleon’s death, is uplifting and positive in mood. Cellists must be ever thankful for Schumann and Dvořák’s great contributions to their chamber and concerto repertoire.

Piano kindly provided by Grange-over-Sands & District Concert Club