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"...for warmth and intimacy and glorious surroundings, Llanfyllin can scarcely be beaten" - The Allegri Quartet

Concert Programme 2015

Chamber Concerts: St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, Powys

Friday, 17th July 2015
HaydnQuartet Op.9 No. 5,
MendelssohnQuartet Op. 44 No. 2,
SchubertString quartet No. 14 "Death and the Maiden"
Sunday, 19th July 2015
MozartDivertimento in F major, K138
SchubertString quartet No 13 "Rosamunde"
BrahmsString quartet No 1, Op. 51 No. 1
Friday, 24th July 2015
HaydnQuartet Op. 55 No 1
RothString quartet No. 4
SchubertString quartet No. 15 in G major, D 887
Sunday, 26th July 2015
Guest artist To be announced
SibeliusAndante Festivo
BrahmsString quartet No. 2 Op. 51 No 2,
MozartClarinet quintet in A major, K 581

The Allegri String Quartet
ViolinMartyn Jackson
ViolinRafael Todes
ViolaDorothea Vogel
VioloncelloVanessa Lucas-Smith

All concerts took place at 7.30pm at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin.
(By kind permission of Rev. Hermione Long.)

2015 Concert Report

At very short notice, Ofer Falk, first violinist, had to withdraw due to injury but fortunately Martyn Jackson, first violinist with the Cavaleri Quartet, was able to play for us at all four concerts. The unfamiliarity of a new player coming into an established trio brought a freshness to the music and new rapport between the players which resulted in sparkling performances throughout. Some programme amendments were necessary but the audience was understanding, and benefited from two clarinet quintets instead of one!

Unusually for the first concert of the Festival, St Myllin’s was full. From the opening bars of the first work, Haydn’s Op 9 No.5, Martyn Jackson’s talent and rapport with his fellow musicians were immediately apparent. Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 44 No.2 followed, with equal success. After an interval in which hot chocolate would have been a welcome alternative to chilled white wine we were treated to the crowd-puller, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, and left the church in eager anticipation of Sunday’s concert.

The second evening began with the delightful Mozart Divertimento in F major, K138, followed by Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet. A programme change came after the interval – still Brahms, as advertised, but Quartet number 3 instead of number 1.

We had wondered whether the Allegri would have to replace Roth’s string quartet number 4, scheduled for Concert 3, since rehearsal time was limited, and Martyn would be sight reading much of it. But play it they did, to great acclaim and praise for both music and musicians in the interval. (Raffy Todes recorded the concert, and when the musicians heard the play back next day they too were impressed!). Brahms’s clarinet quintet, (a programme change) gave us a first chance for us to appreciate the virtuosity of Spanish clarinettist Daniel Broncano – what a treat for the audience to be able to hear him play twice this weekend.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius, his Andante Festivo opened the last concert. This is a surprisingly sombre but majestic work, and was played at the composer’s funeral. Daniel Broncano rejoined the Allegri after the interval for Mozart’s four movement Clarinet quintet, and the Festival finished with a surprise encore – a jazzy quintet version of Gershwin’s “It ain’t necessarily so”.

Margaret Clennett
Llanfyllin Festival Co-Chair