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York Chamber Music Festival: Event 2
Fri Sep 17 @ 1.00 pm
Lunchtime Recital by Tim Lowe cello and John Paul Ekins piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus Wo0 45
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Fantasiestücke, for Cello and Piano, Op. 73
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
We know that Beethoven heard Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus while on tour in Vienna. (Handel was his favourite composer). Presenting his first two cello sonatas at the court of Frederich-Wilhelm II changed the cello sonata form for ever and added considerably to Beethoven’s bank account! He also wrote at the same time two companion pieces to the two cello sonatas. This one, 12 Variations on the aria See, the Conquering Hero Comes from the oratorio.
Schumann’s fantasy pieces begin tenderly, become sunlit and end with a fiery flourish; music conjured miraculously from his imagination. Rachmaninov also takes us on a long and lingering, lyrical journey with his neo-Romantic cello sonata. It was written at about the same time as his second piano concerto to which at times it bears a considerable resemblance.