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August 2019

Quintets with Friends

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) Three Pieces for Cello and Piano

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major Op.34

Natalie Williams (1977-) Treppenwitz

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Piano Quintet Op.57

guest artists

Elizabeth Sellars, violin
Natsuko Yoshimoto, violin
Christopher Moore, viola

Zemlinsky was admired by his contemporary Brahms and we preface this concert with his delightful Three Pieces for cello and piano. Two wonderful quintets will then form the core of this program. Weber’s Clarinet Quintet is a masterpiece that deserves to be better known, exuberant and delicate, it relishes in the virtuosity of the clarinet. Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet instead expresses itself with an intense and introspective musical language that is emotionally powerful, passionate and uncompromising. Wonderful Australian composer Natalie Williams has also written an exciting new work especially for Ensemble Liaison exploring rapid ‘staircases’ of sound with cross rhythms of confusion and debate… An exciting and dramatic evening of passionate music.

October 2019

Ensemble Liaison with Nemanja Radulovic

J.S. Bach – Clarinet Sonata in D minor BWV1034 (arr. Griffiths)

Handel-Halvorsen (1864-1935) Passacaglia for violin and cello

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano in G minor

Béla Bartok (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quartet no.1 in G minor op. 25 (arr. Griffiths)

guest artist

Nemanja Radulović, violin

To conclude the season we are looking forward to the extraordinary virtuosity of Serbian Violinist Nemanja Radulović, a dear friend to us and one of the most exciting fiddle players on the world stage. Our previous concerts with Nemanja have been veritable fireworks and highlights of the Ensemble Liaison calendar.
Our journey for this concert commences with some sublime Bach and Handel reimagined by Ensemble Liaison and Halvorsen reflecting the ornate and elegant times of the Baroque period. Prepare for a dramatic shift in gears as the folk idiom of Khachaturian’s Trio and Bartok’s Romanian Dances will get you moving. To top it off, a tour de force of virtuosic chamber music at its best in Brahms’ gypsy inspired Piano Quartet in G minor. This will be an evening of fiery collaborations so don’t miss out!