For his late spring appearance, Queryas
will be joined by a trio of world-class musicians. The line-up includes violinist
Lisa Batiashvili, one of the original BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and a
player of international repute; violist Antoine Tamestit, who boasts an
enviable string of competition wins; and pianist Jonathan Biss, an avid
performer famous for his single composer series. For the first half of the
programme, he will serve as an accompanist for a string soloist.
The focus of this recital will be Robert
Schumann, the perennial Wigmore favourite. The night begins with his Three Romances (1849), originally
written for piano and oboe but here transcribe for violin. It will be followed
by the Duo for violin and cello
(1927) by Bohuslav Martinu, the finest Czech composer after Janacek, before the
viola takes centre play in Schumann’s fantastical Märchenbuilder (1851).
After the interval, the four will unite for
Schumann’s Piano Quartet (1842). One
of the most popular such works in the repertoire, it is a feat of momentum,
alternating passages of abandon with recurring moments of contemplation. As
with much romantic music, the spectres of Beethoven and Schubert hover behind,
but Schumann’s genius for light and shade gives it a distinctive character.
At 6pm on the evening of the concert,
Queryas will appear in conversation with John Gilhoody, Wigmore Hall’s
director. Tickets to this event are £4.
Priority booking for Wigmore Hall’s Summer
season is now open. General booking opens on 5 February.
|What||Jean-Guihen Queryas & Friends, Wigmore Hall|
|Where||Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
On 17 May 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Wigmore Hall|