St Christopher

Three young virtuosi
Event 6
Sunday October 13th, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

An exciting instrumental programme
Claude Debussy
Syrinx for solo flute; Violin Sonata; Voiles - Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir - La fille aux cheveux de lin (from piano Préludes)
Salvatore Sciarrino
Sei Capricci - Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi?
Richard Causton
Edgard Varèse
Density 21.5
Olivier Messiaen
Le Merle Noir

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

Sara Minelli flute  Aisha Orazbayeva violin  Matthew Schellhorn piano

This promises to be a thrilling recital, a miscellany of short solos, duos and trios for an intriguing combination of instruments, played by a trio of highly gifted and committed musicians.

The programme has four flute solos:

• Debussy’s sinuously beautiful Syrinx (1913), the first major flute solo since CPE Bach.  Powerfully evocative – French impressionism in miniature.
• Varèse’s landmark Density 21.5 (1936). Haunting and powerful, adding percussive key-taps.
• Salvatore Sciarrino’s Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi? (How do you create enchantments?), (1985), weaves magical textures “between sound and silence”.
• Richard Causton’s very brief Sleep (2006) explores the instrument’s darker sonorities.

There are two pieces for solo violin:

• David Matthews’ short but exquisite Fugue 15 (2003), tender music dedicated to his wife Jenifer Wakelyn.
• Sciarrino’s Sei Capricci (Six caprices).  This is from a review of Aisha’s amazing performance:
“Instead of gossamer wisps of sound, she made Sciarrino's music seem present, embodied, and exciting, somehow fleshing out Sciarrino's soundworld of shadows and spectres – and making the audience forget the incredible technical demands this music makes on any player” (Tom Service, Guardian).

And for solo piano, two of Debussy’s marvellously impressionistic 1910 Préludes.

The players combine for:

• Messiaen’s short but seminal 1952 piece for flute and piano, Le Merle Noir (blackbird) – an early example of his legendary fascination with birdsong.
• Debussy’s potent and evocative late violin sonata (1916), “a superb balance of sweetness, fire, humor, and nostalgia” (violinist Midori).
• The première of a trio piece written for this concert by Seán Clancy.  Fourteen Minutes of Music on The Subject of Greeting Cards (inspired by video artist David Theobald's Deepest Sympathy) is a cradle-to-grave biography seen through the pithy phrases found on greeting cards: as one has it, ‘Life is a Special Occasion’.

Sara Minelli studied flute in Perugia and Florence and has won international prizes.  She has worked with various composers (including Richard Causton) and played in a Sciarrino première.

Aisha Orazbayeva is a “profoundly radical and inventive” violinist (Sound Projector), with “a great talent for playing emotionally and technically demanding music” (Daily Telegraph). Her acclaimed solo album Outside includes music by Sciarrino.  For more information, visit her website here.

Pianist Matthew Schellhorn is a “Talent to Watch” (BBC Music Magazine), “a rising star” (Radio 3) and "one of Britain’s most exciting young pianists" (Classic FM).  Yvonne Loriod, one of his teachers, thought his playing “in every way wonderful … accuracy, rhythm, sonority, technique, emotion”.  For more information, visit his website here.

Seán Clancy is a Lecturer in Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. For more information, click here.

For information on the Britten-Pears Foundation, click here.