Schwetzingen Festival 2016


01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160712Penny Gore presents a week of lunchtime concerts recorded at this year's Schwetzingen. Centred around the great summer palace built in the second half of the eighteenth century by the Elector Carl Theodore, the Schwetzingen Festival has for six decades now been a magnet for some of the finest chamber musicians and singers. On the bill this week are Haydn piano sonatas, piano duets by Busoni and, in their anniversary years, music by Max Reger and the ninety-year-old György Kurtág. Today, two of the world's leading Lieder singers join forces in the Mozart Hall in Schwetzingen for Schubert settings of Goethe.

Willkommen und Abschied, D. 767

An den Mond, D. 259

Meeres Stille, D. 216

Die Spinnerin, D. 247

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118

Schäfers Klagelied, D. 121

Ganymed, D. 544

Der Musensohn, D. 764

Mignon and the Harpist:

Kennst du das Land, D. 321

Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt, D. 478/1

Heiss mich nicht reden, D. 726

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, D. 478/2

So lasst mir scheinen, D. 877/3

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D. 877/1

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Julius Drake (piano).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160713Penny Gore continues her week of lunchtime concerts recorded at this year's Schwetzingen with a concert of Haydn and Prokofiev by the young Russian pianist, Denis Kozhukhin, making his debut at the festival.

Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 39 in D, Hob. XVI:24

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat, Op. 84

Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI:32

Gluck: Lent, très doux, from act III scene 2 of 'Ballet des ombres heureuses' (encore)

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

recorded in the Jagdsaal, Schwetzingen.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160714Penny Gore continues a week of concerts from the Schwetzingen Festival with a programme of piano duets celebrating György Kurtág's 90th birthday and the centenary of Max Reger's death.

György Kurtág (b. 1926)

Excerpts from Játékok (Games)

Spiel mit dem Unendlichen

Hommage à Verdi


Hommage à J. S. B

Bach arr Kurtag: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643, chorale, arr. piano four hands

Busoni: Improvisation on the Chorale 'Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seele BWV 517, by Bach, K. 271

Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 86 for two pianos

Stenzl Piano Duo

Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl (pianos).

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20160715Penny Gore concludes her week of lunchtime concerts from the Schwetzingen Festival with one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertory. Some of today's leading chamber musicians join forces for Schubert's great Quintet in the Mozart Hall, Schwetingen.

String Quintet in C, D. 956

Arcanto Quartet

Antje Weithaas (violin)

Daniel Sepec (violin)

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

with Maximilian Hornung (cello).