First Concert: 7th September. 11am Emmanuel Church, Didsbury. Free Entry!
The Pleyel Ensemble are delighted to announce that following the great success of our Mozart Plus! and Haydn Plus! series which ran from June 2013 to June 2019 we present our latest project; Beethoven Plus! This will feature Beethoven’s complete chamber works with piano including the violin sonatas, cello sonatas, trios, piano quartets and other works. The performances will be illustrated by letters and other contemporary writings, putting the music into the wider context of the composer’s life in an entertaining and informative way. The concerts will be given by Sarah Ewins, Susie Mészáros, Heather Bills and Harvey Davies joined by other members of the Pleyels from time to time.
Each concert features contrasting chamber music by other composers for a variety of instrumental combinations and we welcome repertoire suggestions from our audience for future concerts.
Sarah’s famous cakes are available for sale as always and entry to the concerts is free!
7th September 2019: Beethoven Plus! no. 1 Beethoven Piano Quartet in C WoO 36 PLUS Dvořák Piano Quartet no. 2 in Eb, Op. 87. We open this new series with a work composed by the 15-year-old Beethoven. Known as quartet no. 3, it actually appears first in the manuscript, but has retained the reordering given to it by its first publisher Artaria. Dvořák’s radiant work was written in the summer of 1889 during a period of frenetic inspiration for the composer.
12th October 2019: Beethoven Plus! no. 2 Beethoven Piano Trio in Eb, Op. 1, no. 1 PLUS Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 and Piano Trio no. 2 by Scottish composer James MacMillan.
25th January 2020: Beethoven Plus! no. 3 Beethoven Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 12, no. 1 in D major and the Horn Sonata, Op. 17 written for the virtuoso Giovanni Punto PLUS Brahms’s masterful and tragic Horn Trio, Op. 40, it’s slow movement written in memory of the composer’s mother. We are delighted to welcome one of Britain’s finest horn players, Laurence Davies, to join Sarah and his brother Harvey today.
7th March 2020: Beethoven Plus! no. 4 Beethoven Clarinet Trio, Op. 11 PLUS Stravinsky Suite from ‘The Soldier’s Tale’. We welcome distinguished clarinettist, Janet Hilton, to join us today.
18th April 2020: Beethoven Plus! no. 5 We are thrilled to welcome our special guest, the acclaimed tenor, James Gilchrist, to sing Beethoven’s wonderful song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98. Today’s PLUS is the rarely-heard Einsamkeit by Franz Schubert; a direct response to Beethoven’s ground-breaking cycle and written in 1818 just two years after An die ferne Geliebte.
30th May 2020: Beethoven Plus! no. 6 Harvey’s mother, Helen, joins us to play Beethoven’s Sonata for piano duet, Op. 6 and today’s PLUS is the Sonata Militaire by Carl Czerny, Beethoven’s pupil. It is scored for the unusual combination of piano 4 hands with violin and ‘cello. A real rarity, this has not been heard in its original form since the 19th century.