Thursday 20 September 7.30pm

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

“Chamber Music with Steven Isserlis and Friends”

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
 Scherzo from the Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth., ‘F-A-E Sonata’                                                                                                                                                              Anthony Marwood Violin and Ian Brown.

Schumann Violin Concerto, 2nd movement (arr. Isserlis for piano trio) played by Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood and Ian Brown. (This is a curiosity in the form of the second movement of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, with an added codetta by Benjamin Britten reworked as an Elegy in memory of legendary British horn player Dennis Brain, it was discovered by Isserlis in the Britten archives and is played here in a trio arrangement by Steven).

Gabriel Fauré – String Quartet in E minor, op121; Anthony Marwood and Irene Duval (violins),Eivind Ringstad (viola), Steven Isserlis (cello), 

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992) Vocalise Etude No.151 – Voix Élevées (High Voice); Steven Isserlis (cello) and Ian Brown (piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano Op. 69; Steven Isserlis (cello) and Ian Brown (piano)

Steven Isserlis and Friends have put together a mouth-watering concert of rarities and more familiar music. The first two items arise from the friendship that blossomed briefly between the young Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. Brahms’ Scherzo was part of a birthday present to violinist Joseph Joachim, a collective sonata concocted by Schumann.

The stand-alone slow movement of Schumann’s violin concerto was revived by Benjamin Britten who wrote a small codetta into the piece and made it into an ‘Elegy’ to commemorate the English horn player Dennis Brain who died in a car crash. It was unearthed by Steven Isserlis in the Britten-Pears archives and made by Steven into this piano trio version.

Fauré’s last composition – his only string quartet – is an achingly beautiful reflection on his life, despite being deaf. Steven Isserlis and Ian Brown play a beautiful ‘high voice’ study by Messiaen in which the cello sings. It sings again in Beethoven’s melodic third cello sonata in which the sonority of the instrument take the ‘cello sonata’ light years on from its few eighteenth century antecedents.



Friday 21 September 1.00pm

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate

Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and John Lenehan (piano)

Josef Haydn (1732-1809) Divertimento in D Major for viola and piano (originally for cello, arranged for viola by Gregor Piatagorsky)

Anton Dvorak (1841 – 1904) Silent Woods Op. 65 (arranged Sarah-Jane Bradley)

Anton Dvorak (1841 – 1904) Slavonic Dance Op.46 (Kenneth Harding)

Frank Bridge (1879 – 1941) Two Pieces: Pensiero and Allego; Appassionato

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) Sonata in C Minor for viola and piano

Followed by masterclasses for young musicians from York



Friday 21 September 7.30pm

National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate.

Festival Artists*

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20 Sun Quartet Hob.III:35

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)   Three Idylls for string quartet (H.67)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)  String Quartet No.2 in A Minor, Op 13 (1827)


Saturday 22 September 1.00pm

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate

Tim Lowe (cello) and John Lenehan (piano)

 Felix Mendelssohn Variations Concertante Op.17

Ludwig van Beethoven  Sonata for ’Cello and Piano in C Major Op. 102 No. 1

Robert Schumann  Adagio and Allegro op.70

Followed by masterclasses for young musicians from York


Saturday 22 September 7.30pm

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

Festival Artists*

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 – 1837) Piano trio in E Flat

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)  Piano Trio in D minor Op.49

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81


Martyn Jackson and Simon Blendiss (violins), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola),

Tim Lowe (cello), John Lenehan (piano)