York Chamber Music Festival - Event 2

17th Sep 2021
Location: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York
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Friday 17 September | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | £10.00
Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York

​Lunchtime Recital by

Tim Lowe (cello) and
John Paul Ekins (piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus Wo0 45
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Fantasiestücke, for Cello and Piano, Op. 73
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943) Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19

We know that Beethoven heard Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus while on tour in Vienna. (Handel was his favourite composer). Presenting his first two cello sonatas at the court of Frederich-Wilhelm II changed the cello sonata form for ever and added considerably to Beethoven’s bank account! He also wrote at the same time two companion pieces to the two cello sonatas. This one, 12 Variations on the aria See, the Conquering Hero Comes from the oratorio.

Schumann’s fantasy pieces begin tenderly, become sunlit and end with a fiery flourish; music conjured miraculously from his imagination. Rachmaninov also takes us on a long and lingering, lyrical journey with his neo-Romantic cello sonata. It was written at about the same time as his second piano concerto to which at times it bears a considerable resemblance.

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