Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Music Series 2018 [Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert]

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01Dvorak and Beethoven2018061220190604 (R3)

Tom McKinney presents the first of four programmes this week recorded as part of this season's Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Series, held in the glorious St George's Hall. The series features some of the world's finest chamber musicians, including the Pavel Haas Quartet and the baritone Roderick Williams.

In today's programme, the Pavel Haas Quartet plays Dvorak's final string quartet, begun in America and completed on his return to Prague and his homeland. Roderick Williams sings Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte - to the distant beloved - considered to be the first genuine song cycle.

Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, Op. 105
Pavel Haas Quartet

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)

The Pavel Haas Quartet plays Dvorak and Roderick Williams sings Beethoven.

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

02Shostakovich and Debussy2018061320190605 (R3)

Tom McKinney presents the second of four programmes as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Series held in the glorious St George's Hall. The series features some of the world's finest chamber musicians, including the Pavel Haas Quartet and the pianist Stephen Hough.

In today's programme, the Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich's second string quartet, premiered in Leningrad in November 1944. Stephen Hough with piano music by Debussy from Images Book 2, describing bells through the leaves, the moon setting over a temple, and goldfish.

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68
Pavel Haas Quartet

Debussy: Images, Book II
Stephen Hough (piano)

The Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich, plus Stephen Hough with piano music by Debussy.

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

03Beethoven and Schubert2018061420190606 (R3)

Tom McKinney presents the third of four programmes as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Series held in the glorious St George’s Hall. The series features some of the world’s finest chamber musicians, including the pianist Stephen Hough and the baritone Roderick Williams. Stephen Hough plays Beethoven's passionate Piano Sonata No. 23 - posthumously nicknamed the 'Appassionata'. Roderick Williams sings part of Schubert's song-cycle Schwanengesang, featuring poetry by Heine. The other songs from the cycle can be heard in tomorrow's programme.

Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Stephen Hough (piano)

Schubert: Schwanengesang D. 957 (Heine & Siedl settings)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)

Stephen Hough plays piano music by Beethoven and Roderick Williams sings Schubert.

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series

04Schubert and Debussy2018061520190607 (R3)

Tom McKinney presents the last of four programmes as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Series held in the glorious St George's Hall. The series features some of the world's finest chamber musicians, including the baritone Roderick Williams and the pianist Stephen Hough.

Roderick Williams sings the Rellstab settings from Schubert's Schwanengesang - the Heine settings can be heard in yesterday's programme. Stephen Hough plays Debussy's description of moonlight (Clair de lune) and images of reflections on water and movement, as well as his homage to Rameau.

Schubert: Schwanengesang D. 957 (Rellstab settings)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)

Debussy: Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune
Debussy: Images, Book I
Stephen Hough (piano)

Roderick Williams sings Schubert and pianist Stephen Hough plays music by Debussy.

Live and recorded concerts from all over the UK. Includes the Wigmore chamber music series