Saturday 8th February, 2.30pm
A program inspired by eighteenth century leaders and armies including Haydn’s Emperor quartet and Military symphony.
Boccherini - Flute Quintet in D major Op. 19 No. 6 Las Parejas
Haydn - String Quartet No. 62 in C major Op. 76 No. 3 Emperor/Kaiser
Mozart - String Quartet No. 21 in D major First Prussian/The Violet K. 575
Haydn - Symphony No. 100 in G major The Military (arr. Salomon)
Boccherini's playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens our season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.
Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3 The Emperor, one of his most famous, takes its nickname from the beautiful second movement set of variations based on the theme of ‘Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser’ (God Save Emperor Francis), an anthem Haydn wrote for Emperor Francis II. Along with this, the Ensemble performs Mozart’s string quartet The First Prussian dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist.
AHE also presents Salomon’s compelling chamber arrangement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 nicknamed The Military. Over the past seven years, the Ensemble has explored many of the chamber versions of Haydn’s London Symphonies arranged by his dear friend Salomon and we are excited to bring this one to our audiences in 2020.
Sunday 23rd February
Saturday 21st March
Saturday 18th April, 4.00pm
This was a very charming and delightful concert performed with delicacy and vigour. There was fine ensemble work by all and some dazzling harpsichord playing. (Sydney Arts Guide, 2017)
Duo keyboardists Michael Tsalka and Diana Weston bring a mixed program of classic favourites with some vibrant new music to Thoroughbass’s audiences. Building on a musical partnership formed over six years, Michael and Diana present story-telling duets for piano by Debussy, Ravel and Schubert during April 2020 in a series of concerts varying one from the other. Expect stunning new pieces for solo and different keyboard combinations (piano, piano duet, harpsichord, two harpsichords, and harpsichord and piano) from composers the world over including a sultry tango by Diana Blom (Australia), an energetic and sentimental duet from Joan Josep Gutiérrez (Spain), the myth of Io by Aspasia Nasopoulo (Greece/Netherlands), and atmospheric magic in Ann Carr-Boyd’s depiction of moonrise over an iconic Australian scene amongst many others.
Michael Tsalka – piano, harpsichord
Diana Weston – harpsichord, piano
Saturday 29th August
Donald Nicholson - Harpsichord
Julia Fredersdorff - violin
Laura Vaughan - Viol
Saturday 5th September, 2.30pm
James Cuddeford - violin
Geoffrey Gartner - cello
Daniel Herscovich - piano
W.A. MOZART - Piano Trio in E, KV 542
Camille SAINT-SAENS - Piano Trio No. 1 in F, Op.18
Franz SCHUBERT - Piano Trio in E flat, Op.100
Saturday 26th September, 2.30pm
String quartets to drift away and dream with.
Haydn - String Quartet No. 40 in F major Op. 50 No. 5 The Dream
Beethoven - String Quartet in F major Op. 18 No. 1
J.S. Bach - Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (arr. for string quartet)
The subject of dreams has long occupied the imagination of composers, poets, and artists throughout history. AHE explores this subject with an intriguing collection of works including Haydn’s Dream Quartet, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Tomb Scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Haydn’s beautiful string quartet Op. 50 No. 5, The Dream, takes its nickname from the undulating chords accompanying a rhapsodic violin line and the dissonances providing a lulling effect in its serene ‘poco adagio’ second movement.
Bach's famous Goldberg Variations, written at the request of Count Kaiserling for Goldberg to play to him during his many sleepless nights to lull him into a state of slumber, are some of his most listened-to works. The original variations were written for harpsichord. In this concert, AHE presents a newly commissioned arrangement for string quartet.
AHE also presents Beethoven’s magnificent string quartet Op. 18 No. 1. The slow movement of this work is thought to have been inspired by the tragic Tomb Scene of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo, finding Juliet asleep, believes her to be dead and thus takes his own life in vain.
Sunday 27th September
“TWO” celebrates the long-standing musical friendship of leading early musicians, lutenist Tommie Andersson and viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson. In this truly special event, each will play a solo bracket before joining together as a dynamic duo. For more years than they care to remember The Marais Project’s Jenny Eriksson and Tommie Andersson have thrilled Australian audiences with their mastery of their respective instruments. They have collaborated on 7 CDs including an Australian first recording of Swedish baroque and folk music. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a solo work for viola da gamba by Paul Cutlan.
The best route by car travelling south from Bowral is:
51F Sunninghill Ave
02 4861 2664 or 0481 981 167
The Rose Room has a Steinway piano and two harps available for use, seating for 70 guests and up to 8 performers.
Janet can also prepare a sumptuous afternoon tea for guests and artists.
Bookings for hire of the Rose Room have closed for 2020.