A French music weekend hinged on the complete chamber music of Debussy and Ravel dominates Music in the Round’s spring series of concerts in Sheffield.
Presented under the umbrella title, La Belle Époque, it could almost be said to be MitR’s spring season!
Before we get round to this, though, catered for in a separate piece – La Belle Époque – what else is on offer?
Some extremely high quality, actually, starting with the Leonore Piano Trio (20th of January) as it continues its complete survey of Beethoven’s violin sonatas – here, Op 12 No 3; cello sonatas – Op 102 No 2; and piano trios – two of them, WoO 38 and Op 70 No 1, the Ghost.
The trio’s pianist, Tim Horton, presents the second of four concerts (28th of March) featuring Schubert’s major piano sonatas offering No 18 D894 after a performance of Liszt’s B minor sonata and some inoffensive Schoenberg.
Roderick Williams is in element (10th of February) at Upper Chapel, singing English song in which the baritone is world-renowned. Butterworth, Ireland, Gurney, Vaughan Williams, Finzi are represented by some of their finest songs and the astute Susie Allan is his pianist.
The marvellous Alina Ibragimova returns with her gut-stringed Chiaroscuro Quartet (1st of February) and string quartets by Beethoven: Op 18 No 4; Fanny Mendelssohn: the unfairly neglected E flat quartet; and Schubert: No 13, Rosamunde.
This concert forms part of MitR’s ongoing World of Strings exploration, as does The English Fiddle (27th of January) when ace fiddler Sam Sweeney invites three of his fellow folk fiddlers for an exuberant evening of solos, duets and ensemble pieces.
A concert in association with Sheffield Jazz sees a quick return (19th of January) by the Kofi-Barnes Aggregation featuring the contrasting saxophone styles of Tony Kofi and Alan Barnes.
Except where noted, the concerts take place in the Crucible Studio and further information can be found at www.musicintheround.co.uk