Sunday, 17 October 2010

Classical Journey Tuesday 19th October

James Keefe, piano and Ruth Avis, flute
who will be performing 'Songs for Flute and Piano'
in the Music Room at Exeter Central Library
on Monday 25th October from 12.30-1.30 pm

The programme will include pieces by
Aaron Copland, Frédéric Chopin,
Ian Clarke and Francis Poulenc
Entrance only £4.00
Tel: 01392 384217 for reservations
Organiser Clare Greenall
The special guest on this Tuesday's show is Exeter Flautist Ruth Avis.  You can see Ruth playing live next Monday lunchtime from 12.30-1.30.  She will be accompanied by James Keefe in a selection of pieces called 'Songs for Flute and Piano'
Ruth will join us at about 10.10am to chat about herself and her music and to play us four pieces for solo flute:

1. Presto and Allegro from Fantasia No 5 in C major for solo flute by Georg Philipp Telemann.
(Hamburg 1733)
2. Second allegro from Sonata in A minor for solo flute by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Berlin 1747)
3. 'Syrinx' from Claude Debussy's incidental music to Gabriel Mourey's play 'Psyché' 
(Paris 1913)
4. Waltz in C sharp minor opus 64 No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin (sequel to the 'minute waltz')
(Paris 1847)

At the start of the show we will have a telephone visit by former presenter Lily Neal to talk about the Annual Concert of the Devon Oxford & Cambridge Societies, which she will be presenting at St Margaret's Church in Topsham on Wednesday evening (20th October) at 7.30 pm.
The soloists will be Morwenna Del Mar, 'cello, and Alex West, piano and organ, who play a varied programme of baroque and romantic pieces:

'Cello suite No 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach (Which we heard played by Hilary Boxer at the beginning of last week's show).
(Köthen 1723)
and music by Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.- plus works for solo organ.

Music to watch out for on Tuesday's show:

1808 Beethoven, Fantasy for Piano Chorus and Orchestra
1867 Grieg, Den Blonde Pige
1882 Stanford, Elegiac Symphony
1887 Saint-Saëns, Second Symphony
1910 Kreisler, Caprice Viennois
1974 Piazzolla, Libertango
1982 Glass, Vessels
1989 Françaix, Second Quintet for Flute, String Trio & Harp
1999 Pärt, Cantique des Degrés
1992 Alleyne-Johnson, Concrete Eden

OK. We didn't manage those last two, or the Stanford, or the Saint-Saëns, but we can enjoy them next week.  Instead we heard the scherzo from Schubert's 'Great' Ninth Symphony (which will be performed in full by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Exeter Cathedral next Thursday evening, 28 Oct.)
Huge thanks to Ruth Avis for playing four beautiful pieces for flute so beautifully on the Classical Journey this morning.  Despite limited space, and difficulty setting up her music, she performed brilliantly.

Next Monday (25th October) you can see her play live music with pianist James Keefe (see above for details):
Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute & Piano,
Francis Poulenc: Flute Sonata,
Frédéric Chopin, piano piece (TBA),
Claude Debussy, Syrinx,
Ian Clarke, Orange Dawn.

More details as they become available.

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