Chamber Music Festival 2019
The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
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Ursula Smith and John Thwaites
Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op.38
Oliver Wille and John Thwaites
Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano in G, Op.78
Bartosz Woroch violin
Jianing Kong piano
With RBC musicians
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
Brahms contributed masterly works to the chamber repertoire throughout his life. Ursula Smith and John Thwaites team up the first of his Cello Sonatas, with its symphonic opening movement and homage to Bach in the demonic finale. Then Oliver Wille joins Thwaites for the lyrical and expansive first Violin Sonata, encompassing homage to his godson, Felix Schumann, and his idol, Beethoven. In the second half, Bartosz Woroch and Jianing Kong of Trio Cortàzar join forces with RBC students for Brahms’ monumental Piano Quintet, a work that alternates violent passion with episodes of intimate confession.