The joyful, light-hearted and communicative spirits of clarinetist James Campbell, cellist Rolf Gjelsten and pianist Izabella Simon find their perfect expression in the uplifting Beethoven trio, and provide a beautiful contrast to the deeply moving late work of Richard Strauss, written as a sort of requiem for himself and European culture after World War II.
This concert also celebrates the Adam Summer School – the 30th iteration of which commences straight after the Festival – and features some of the many wonderful musicians we have been privileged to tutor at the School. All of the performers in the quintet as well as the composer Tabea Squire, are former students at the School and are now professional artists making their mark on the music world.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat major – James Campbell (clarinet), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Izabella Simon (piano)
Tabea Squire – Piano Quintet – Simeon Broom (violin), Arna Morton (violin), Alex McFarlane (viola), Heather Lewis (cello), Justin Bird (piano)
Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen – New Zealand String Quartet, Sergey Malov (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Heather Lewis (cello), Hiroshi Ikematsu (contrabass),