Sarum Orchestra musicians re-enact a ‘Schubertiad’ in the perfect setting of Trafalgar Park on Sunday 6 July at 7.00pm with a programme which includes the monumental Piano Trio in B flat Op 99 and the brilliant concert aria Shepherd on the Rock, featuring the outstanding young soprano Alison Hill. A ‘Schubertiad’ is so called because during the composer’s life, when very few of his works were published or publicly performed, Schubert would hold private musical gatherings at which his friends sang or played his music with the composer himself at the piano.
The Piano Trio in B flat Op 99, written the year before he died, is a substantial piece which is sunny, exuberant and quintessentially Viennese. The composer Robert Schumann said of it “One glance at Schubert’s Piano Trio and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.” It is performed here by Daphne Moody (violin), Elizabeth Anderson (cello) and Howard Moody (piano).
Daphne Moody, Leader of Sarum Orchestra, said “The Trio is a wonderful piece, full of song and melody interwoven amongst the instrumental lines; it is a piece which is equally enjoyed by performers and audience alike. I am delighted that Elizabeth Anderson joins Howard and me playing the cello. In addition to playing with the Orchestra, she runs Super Strings the Devizes based club dedicated to young string players which is developing a special relationship with the orchestra.”
Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock D965, was the last song he composed and is performed here by the outstanding young soprano Alison Hill. It stands apart from most of Schubert’s other lieder for solo voice not only because it is scored for a second instrument but also because of its multi-sectional, cantata-like character. Written for the operatic soprano Anna Milder-Hauptmann who had asked for a brilliant concert aria to allow her to express a wide range of feelings, the work is more like an operatic aria than Schubert’s other lieder. The vocal line, clarinet and piano are closely interwoven creating an organic texture which does equal justice to the piece’s claims to be treated both as a chamber work and as a concertante aria. Alison Hill is joined by Jennifer Tilley (clarinet), and Howard Moody (piano).
Daphne Moody concluded, “Schubert, the most lovable and accessible of the great Viennese composers, wrote music that speaks directly to the human heart and is perhaps the best example of someone who gained little or no public attention during his lifetime but gained international acclaim after his death. Without doubt he is one of the greatest melodists in history.”
Tickets, to include drinks at 6.00pm followed by the concert at 7.00pm, are £20.00 (no concessions), and available in advance only from Salisbury Arts Centre box office, 01722 321744.
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