Oxshott and Cobham Music Society
Surrey's top music society
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This is the 77th season of this prestigious society, devoted to promoting in Claygate, Surrey, the very best of musical performance from around the globe. This is a season of wonderful chamber music and one I am sure you will enjoy.
Claygate and the Victorian church of Holy Trinity, with its incomparable acoustics and comfortable seating, has been the home of this prestigious society for the last 19 years of its 77-year existence.
With the advantage of excellent pre-concert talks introducing some of the works in the solo recitals, chamber ensembles and occasionally small orchestras, your knowledge and enjoyment will be increased. We regularly invite international artists to perform and this season we have two Celebrity Concerts. The first will be given by the young American winner of the Leeds 2018 International Piano Competition, Eric Lu, and the second by the famed Czech ensemble, the Wihan String Quartet.
The season begins with a rare opportunity to hear three of the most famous piano quartets performed by the Manchester-based Pixels Ensemble, followed by the return visits of the Danish piano Trio con Brio and the flexible British group, Ensemble Mirage, who made such a lasting impression in 2017 with Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time. The season ends with the much-enjoyed Castalian Quartet playing works by Haydn and Janáček and then, with their guest viola player, Hannah Shaw, Brahms' String Quintet No 1 in F major, Op 88.
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Remember, you are here in Surrey, but listening to the famous musicians who give the very best of musical performance from around the globe.
Please note: The first concert will be introduced by an explanatory talk on the "History of the Piano Quartet" by Roy Stratford.
This should be a real treat as distinguished members of the brilliant Pixels Ensemble perform piano quartets by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms - three of the greatest and most beautiful works of the piano quartet repertoire - in a programme that will explore an immense range of emotions and musical experience.
"Ian Buckle was in his element, displaying a sparkling, Scarlatti-like tone in the outer movements, and drawing a lovely rich timbre from the piano in the cantabile andante. Added to which, this man can execute a mean trill!" (Elaine Annable, Music Correspondent)
Trio con Brio Copenhagen
The last visit of the Trio con Brio Copenhagen to Oxshott was a memorable occasion, with playing of real sparkle and joy as well as tremendous expertise, qualities I have been enjoying ever since on the two CDs I bought that evening – though, of course, one then misses the brilliantly engaged interaction of three players enjoying themselves and thrilling the audience! This year’s generous programme ends with the mighty Archduke Trio, should one need any further incentive. - M Payne
"Enthusiastic applause for probably the most interesting piano trio of our time"
"Their performance brought to light even the smallest details of the music, and one forgot even to breathe as a new masterpiece seemed to be created from simple and familiar melodies."
"This trio has a rare sense for sound" - November 14 2015 Donaukurier, Germany
Eric Lu, piano
The first of this year’s two Celebrity Concerts is, I am sure, keenly anticipated by anyone who saw Eric Lu win the First Prize in Leeds with playing of exceptional finesse, charm and spirit. He has chosen a really beautiful programme of music by Brahms, Schumann and Chopin that should reveal those qualities of poetry and grace that already distinguish his playing.
"It is an exceptional pianist who can deliver limpid legato tone of aching beauty and bring to the different appearances of a melody implicit understanding and infinitely nuanced colours. In the central Marche Funèbre, he made time stand still."
The gifted Ensemble Mirage, who delighted us a couple of years back, return to perform not only the Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets, surely two of the very loveliest chamber works ever written, but add to the programme a lovely Rêverie by Glazunov and – perhaps to add an element of astringency to temper the charm – Penderecki’s formidable, highly emotional Clarinet Quartet, fittingly described by clarinettist Matthew Scott as a work "hauntingly gripping, yet utterly tonal and lyrical".
For the second of this year’s Celebrity Concerts we are privileged indeed to welcome the distinguished Wihan Quartet playing a marvellous programme of Czech and Russian quartets, a repertoire for which they are rightly celebrated. This will certainly be one of the highlights of the season and an evening not to be missed!
"One of the best quartets in the world today." - International Record Review
"Playing of the highest quality" - The Sunday Times
"Recording of the Year" - MusicWeb International
"Outstanding" - International Record Review
The Castalian Quartet with Hannah Shaw (viola)
The young, dynamic and highly regarded Castalian Quartet bring our season to a fitting close with an intriguing programme that thoughtfully juxtaposes mature masterpieces by three great composers – Haydn, Brahms and Janáček - each markedly different in temperament and character and each requiring the most sensitive and imaginative interpretation.