Chamber Music At Nantwen, Pembrokeshire



NEXT CONCERT: 19th August 2017 7pm

Francesca Barritt Violin, Lisa Obert Violin, Steve Doman Viola,

Chamber music for Upper Strings. An evening of  Music by Dvorak and Kodaly with delicious cake too. These three players from London visit Nantwen to tutor on our popular Chamber Music course.  In this concert of music by Eastern European composers Dvorak and Kodaly we celebrate the diversity of music available for duos and trios.

Terzetto Op74 for 2 violins & viola by Antonin Dvorak

“Le Londres” Trio for 2 violins and viola by Eugene Ysaye

Bagatelles Op75 for 2 violins & viola by Antonin Dvorak

Serenade op12 for 2 violins & viola by Zoltan Kodaly


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Archive Concerts…

On the 12th of August 2017 we welcomed The Orchestra Of The Age of Enlightenment to Nantwen for an intimate concert.

Principal players from the orchestra performed a quartet by Beethoven…

The year is 1809, and Napoleon is bombing the heck out of Vienna. While his friends are busy fleeing the city, a surly Beethoven holes up in his brother’s basement and complains about the noise. Losing his hearing, friends and money, he writes music that reflects his mood – increasingly heavy, dark, and insecure.

In this concert from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, hear Beethoven’s String Quartet No.11, Serioso, performed on the instruments Beethoven wrote it for. It’s typical of what Beethoven experts call his ‘middle period’ – dense, erratic and experimental.

And before that, the four musicians will take you through what (musically speaking) brought Beethoven to that point – Bach, Haydn and Mozart, some music that OAE leader Matthew Truscott describes as ‘heavy stuff’. Also hear a new piece by Satoko Doi-Luck, commissioned by the OAE to accompany the Beethoven Quartet.

Full Programme was….

Bach Contrapunctus XIX from Art of Fugue
Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op103
Satoko Doi-Luck disperatamente!
Mozart Fourth movement (molto allegro) from String Quartet No 14, K387
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No 11, Op 95, Serioso

Leading players from the orchestra: Violinsits, Matthew Truscott and Julia Kuhn are joined by Viola player Simone Jandl and Cellist Luise Buchberger

About The OAE

Three decades ago, a group of London musicians took a good look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.

Since then, the OAE has shocked, changed and mesmerised the music world. Residencies at the Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne haven’t numbed its experimentalist bent. Record deals haven’t iron out its quirks. Period-specific instruments have become just one element of its quest for authenticity.

Today the OAE is cherished more than ever. It still pushes for change, and still stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. And thirty years on, there’s still no orchestra in the world quite like it.