Saturday 15th

and

Sunday 16th September  7.30pm

Hastoe Village Hall

LAST OF THE SUMMER

Haydn  Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11

Schnittke  In Memoriam D. Shostakovich for violin and tape

Bach  Unfinished Fugue from the ‘Art of Fugue’

Shostakovich  Piano Quintet in g minor Op. 57

Howard Shelley returns with a concerto for keyboard by Haydn which reveals the composer at his most highly spirited;  a characteristically graceful slow movement is encased by dazzlingly buoyant fast movements, especially the final Rondo, ‘ in the Hungarian style’. In the Prelude for solo violin, Schnittke intentionally confuses both the musical monograms of Shostakovich (DSCH) and of Bach (BACH) thus signifying their enormous effect on musical history. Bach’s own use of his own name forms a powerful, poignant and somewhat enigmatic role in the last, unfinished fugue from the ‘Art of Fugue’. These surprising bedfellows point directly to Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, a twentieth century masterpiece (and one of his most frequently played works). The Russian master opens with his own terse prelude and fugue. Proceeding through movements of elation, ecstasy and optimism, it is piece of music which is both beautifully balanced, and deeply satisfying.