Music Network present Natalie Clein, Julius Drake & Claire Booth

Fri, 30 Nov 2018
12:00 - 15:00

For our end of year concerts, this consummate trio has come together to curate an intriguing exploration of three wonderfully expressive instruments. It’s oft said that the cello is close to the human voice, and Clein’s cello quite literally sings, matched by the delicacy of pianist Julius Drake and the soaring tones of soprano Claire Booth.
Renowned for an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, Booth’s operatic highlights include Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, Elle in Poulenc's Voix Humaine and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. The trio has captivated audiences everywhere, winning plaudits for their dynamic energy and strong sense of narrative.
Clein is a sought-after chamber performer who has featured as a soloist with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, and Montreal Symphony, while pianist Drake enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, appearing regularly at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall, London.
“Astonishing range of colours and... wide variety of expressive styles” –Gramophone Magazine [on Clein]
“[He] delivered an outstanding performance at the piano” – The New York Times [on Drake]
“…a warm, silvery voice, crystalline passagework and a delectably flutey top...” – The Times [on Booth]
“A golden timbre and fleet elegance…this is as close as you'll get to musical champagne” BBC Music Magazine [on Clein]
Julius Drake’s exquisite piano accompaniment was a constant joy in a performance which, characteristically, always did more than support, yet somehow never overwhelmed or eclipsed, his fellow musicians.” – Bachtrack
“The clear, cool soprano of Claire Booth curled around the words and music, fusing them into something eloquent, poignant and touching” – Chicago Tribune [on Booth]
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
“Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze”
from Cantata BWV 61
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Five Spiritual Songs (Geistliche Lieder), a selection
1. 'Gedenke doch', 'mein Geist'; 3. 'Liebster Herr Jesu'; 5. 'Bist du bei mir'; 4. 'Komm, süsser Tod'
John Cage (1912-1992)
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
John Tavener (1944-2013)
Threnos (Lament)
John Tavener (1944-2013)
Akhmatova songs, a selection
3. 'Boris Pasternak'; 4. 'Couplet'; 1. 'Dante'
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
1. Gestillte Sehnsucht
2. Geistliches Wiegenlied
Deborah Pritchard (b.1977)
'Storm Song'
(Text by Jeanette Winterson)
Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
Pohádka (Fairy Tale)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Auf dem Strom, D. 943

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