Wednesday 20 July | 7:45pm
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25)
Kate Romano, clarinet | Ben Goldscheider, horn | Nicola Goldscheider, violin | Sophie Harris, cello | Richard Uttley, piano
Johannes Brahms - Trio in E flat, op 40 for violin, horn and piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Six Studies in English Folk Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Quintet in D, for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano
‘... food for the mind, the ears, plus the heart‘
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of most cherished figures in British classical music. The Quintet in D was written in 1898. Full of charm, it contains fleeting and tantalising glimpses of the mature Vaughan Williams and early explorations of the folk song which preoccupied him for most of his life. Biographer Michael Kennedy describes the Quintet as being 'like anglicised Brahms with a sense of humour, notably in the Intermezzo... with an allusion to the slow movement of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony in the Andantino'. Vaughan Williams' much-loved Six Studies in English Folk Song are touching, lyrical treatments of well-known tunes, here shared between the cello and clarinet.
Brahms' Trio op 40 created a new chamber music medium (horn, violin, piano) whilst simultaneously setting the bar so high that no piece for this combination has surpassed it. Brahms also draws on folk song for inspiration, but wholly transforms it into music which is dramatic, melancholic, passionate and heroic.
Goldfield Ensemble were the first resident artists at Stapleford Granary in 2014, where they helped build an audience through a year-long programme of British music. Since then, the ensemble have expanded into a fully-fledged production company, creating acclaimed touring productions with artists including poet Simon Armitage and composer Matthew Kaner, with the finest chamber music remaining at the heart of all they do. They have performed at the Barbican, Kings Place and most UK festivals and they frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2019, Goldfield released the first recording of the chamber music of 83-year old Erika Fox for NMC Records, applauded in every category by critics and broadcasters.
‘..the blend of the elegiac and the abrasive is compelling, and very well conveyed by these performers in a
recording that catches the evolving interactions of the ensemble with vivid immediacy’