Joanna MacGregor in Brighton | 20th February 2022 | Brighton Dome, Brighton, East Sussex
Joanna MacGregor in Brighton at Brighton Dome, on 20th February 2022 Brighton Philharmonic’s chamber players combine a first half of American music with Schumann’s glorious Piano Quintet.
In association with Brighton Dome and Strings Attached, Brighton Philharmonic’s chamber players combine a first half of American music with Schumann’s glorious Piano Quintet.
George Gershwin’s Summertime was arranged multiple times by the composer, and is partnered by his lovely, bluesy Lullaby for string quartet, written when he was nineteen. We follow it with Amy Beach’s mighty 1907 Piano Quintet, music of unabashed élan and Brahmsian beauty. Born in New Hampshire, Amy Beach was an international concert pianist and composer of symphonies and choral works, chamber and solo pieces, her productive career spanning more than fifty years.
Beach’s orchestral romanticism is a legacy of Schumann’s life-affirming Piano Quintet, written in 1844. His wife Clara was to premiere this, but illness meant that Felix Mendelssohn stepped in, sight reading the ‘fiendish’ piano part, helping revise the quintet afterwards. At a time when chamber music was leaving the salon for the public sphere, Schumann reinvented the form as quasi-symphonic, resulting in this impassioned, evergreen masterwork.
with the Brighton Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble In association with Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Ruth Rogers and Nicky Sweeney violins Jon Thorne viola Peter Adams cello Joanna MacGregor piano
Gershwin Lullaby for String Quartet; Summertime Amy Beach Piano Quintet in F sharp minor Op.67 Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major Op.44
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