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The season began with a recital by Martin Sturfalt (left) who has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after Swedish pianists of his generation. Born in Katrineholm in 1979 he started to play the piano at the age of four and started giving regular concerts at 11. Performing highlights in recent years have included solo and chamber music recitals in all major venues in Stockholm and around Sweden as well as London‘s Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall. In 2004/05 Martin appeared as a soloist with the Gävle, Helsingbord and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras in Sweden and the New London Sinfonia in the UK. He has appeared several times on Swedish and Nordic radio and TV.
Martin's recital featured both the familiar (Beethoven and Chopin) and the unfamiliar including the rarely-heard 2nd sonata by his compatriot Wilhelm Stenhammar.Welsh violinist Cerys Jones (right) was partnered by Japanese pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi (below) in the second concert of the season which featured three sonatas as different from each other as can be imagined.
The February concert featured the delightful combination of flute and harp when Welsh harpist Eira Lynn Jones appeared along with flautist David Sumbler. A foggy evening resulted in a somewhat smaller audience than usual but everyone present enjoyed the programme enormously even though it consisted of mainly unfamiliar music. The items by Bernard Andrès and William Alwyn were particularly beautiful and the intimate surroundings of the small, modern church were ideally suited to this event.
|Martin Sturfalt (piano)|
|Beethoven||Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 ("Pathétique")|
|Stenhammar||Sonata No.2 in A flat minor, Op.12|
|Chopin||Selection of Waltzes|
|Joachin Nin||Cadena de Valses|
|Cerys Jones (violin) and Hiroaki Takenouchi (piano)|
|Beethoven||Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op.24 ("Spring")|
|Ravel||Violin Sonata in G major|
|Richard Strauss||Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18|
|The Aeolian Duo (Eira Lynn Jones, harp & David Sumbler, flute)|
|John Rutter||Suite Antique|
|Mozart||Theme and Variations|
|Alan Hovhaness||The Garden of Adonis|
|Debussy||Claire de Lune (harp solo)|
|Josef Molnar||Phantasy on Japanese Folk Songs|
|The Navarra String Quartet|
|Haydn||Quartet in G major, Op.76, No.1|
|Beethoven||Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 ("Serioso")|
Please note that the February 3rd concert will take place at
Carr Road, Nelson.
The other three are in St. Peter's Church, Church Street, Burnley.
All concerts start at 7.30 p.m.
The Society reserves the right to alter the published programme without notice.
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