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Consone Quartet with Gillian Keith

Schubert String Quartet No. 4 in C, D46
Schubert (arr. Randle) Lieder incl. Die abgeblühte Linde, Der Jüngling an der Quelle, Das Mädchen, Die Männer sind Méchant, Die Liebe hat gelogen, and Du bist die Ruh
Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn Lieder incl. Frage (‘Ist es wahr?’), Wartend, Frühlingsglaube, Verlust
Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Agata Daraskaite violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill violin
Elitsa Bogdanova viola
George Ross cello
with Gillian Keith soprano

The Consone Quartet’s mission is to explore and recreate the soundworld of the classical and early Romantic string quartet repertoire on period instruments. In this intriguing programme they are joined by soprano Gillian Keith to present Lieder by Schubert and the Mendelssohns that have influenced famous string quartets, given added richness in new arrangements by tenor and composer Tom Randle.


Clock6.30pm Sunday, 24th February 2019

FREE - Pre-Concert Event: Riccardo Pes (cello) - Sunday 24th February, 5.15pm

Schubert/Webern/Riccardo Pes  – Der Jüngling and der Quelle
Schubert/Webern/Riccardo Pes –  Du bist die Ruh
Schubert/Webern/Riccardo Pes –  Die Liebe hat gelogen
JS Bach –  “Geduld! Geduld!” from the St Matthew’s Passion
JS Bach –  Cello Suite no 1 in G major BWV 1007


Riccardo Pes was born in 1987 in Spilimbergo, Italy. He studied at the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma course under the tuition of Melissa Phelps as an RCM Scholar, supported by a Soirée d’Or Award, Pauline Hartley Award and the Kathleen Trust.

As a soloist, Riccardo has played with I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone, and performed the Tartini Cello Concerto in A Major in Padua and with the Ensemble Serenissima, and the Vivaldi Concerto in B-flat, unpublished, at the Theater Zancanaro in Sacile.

Riccardo has collaborated with the scientist Margherita Hack, writer Alessandro Marzo Magno, poet Morten Sondergaard, photographers Giuliano e Gianni and Cesare Borghesan, as well as actors and contemporary circus artists. Riccardo played as part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Founding of Italy (broadcast live on Mogliano TV) and has collaborated with the electronic artist and European competitions winner, Jens Thomsen (SUNS festival, “Nordic Matters” at Southbank Centre in London).

Riccardo has studied composition with Battista Pradal and recently published his first solo album called Cellina Work.

Riccardo has won First Prize (concerto competition category) and Second Prize (recital category) at the Richmond Festival Competition; Second Prize at both the Hatfield and District Festival Competition and Piove di Sacco Competition. Riccardo plays a cello made by Edgar Russ in Cremona, 2014.

The programme starts with an arrangement of three of the lieder in the main programme, linked contrastingly with the Second Viennese School of Webern’s Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano. Each arrangement ends with a musical comment composed by Riccardo and based on the original material. Mendelssohn conducted Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1829 to great acclaim, effectively ushering in the Bach-Renaissance. ‘Geduld! Geduld!’ is a transcription of the famous Aria and Recitativo from St Matthew Passion. Mendelssohn often paid tribute to Bach, and so the programme closes with one of his most iconic works for cello solo.



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