11 March | 7:45pm | £22 / £18
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Pre-concert talk 7:00pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Kate Romano, clarinet | Thelma Handy & Sophie Rosa, violins | Vicci Wardman, viola | Jonathan Aasgaard, cello | Ian Buckle, piano
Sergei Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes, op 34 (9’)
Lera Auerbach - Prayer (6’)
Sergei Taneyev - Piano Quintet in G Minor, op 30 (45’)
'finely judged detail, expansiveness and lots of heart'
The acclaimed Pixels Ensemble return to Stapleford Granary with an all-Russian programme. Described as 'musical explorers', Pixels Ensemble are an adventurous group of some of the UK's finest chamber musicians and soloists with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire, from the classical period to the present day. Its players are all established soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists and orchestra principals.
There is much to discover and love in these three works spanning nearly 80 years. Their programme opens with Prokofiev’s playful, melancholic and witty Overture on Hebrew Themes - a sextet for clarinet, string quartet and piano based on an assortment of Jewish themes given to him by a group of former classmates. The Russian-American Lera Auerbach composer is one of the most original and compelling voices of today. Her Prayer for solo clarinet is an introspective unravelling of a chant, combining elements of conversation and ritualism. The music of Sergei Taneyev has been long overshadowed by the popularity of his contemporaries Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov. He was sometimes called ‘the Russian Brahms’, especially for the rich lyricism of his chamber music. The Piano Quintet is his masterpiece - full-blooded Russian fervour, fire and finesse on a symphonic scale.
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Covid-19 and concerts
In line with the most up-to-date guidance Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we:
- clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
- ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)
- advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue
Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders.