Classical Ensemble Concert
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10 December 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Opening with a lesser known work, from a lesser known composer, Salieri (famously dramatized as Mozart’s rival in Amadeus, and one of Beethoven’s teachers), and his Sinfonia Venezania. The work is a 10-minute romp through charming, stylised classical form. With the added uniqueness of being a distinctly Italian (lyrical, operatic, not in Sonata form) take on a German form.
Haydn’s 95th Symphony is the second work to be tackled. Coming relatively late in his output (though still with a remarkable 11 symphonies left to come!), this work demonstrates Haydn as both formal and stylistic master of the genre. A rare outing for a minor key (surprisingly scant in the Classical output), Haydn deftly navigates the formal prerequisites of the courtly Menuetto and dainty trio, with fire and brimstone outer movements; the presence of sturm und drang can be felt here.
Finally, Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony. Eroica. The name itself invites a fear and passion from musicians which is the character of the work itself. The Beethoven legend, as well as claims of the work’s dedication (and then un-dedication) to Napoleon, have contributed to the monumental image of this work. But at almost double the length of both of the previous works combined, the historic and musical reputation of this work hardly seems unjustified.
The Classical Ensemble is one of the most exciting and vibrant on the Durham musical scene, its comparative youth gives it the energy and ambition of a group basking in its reputation-forming days; as well as the consummate stylistic interest and sensitivity of its members. This first term concert is one of passion, and ambition, countenanced by historic and stylistic expertise.
Important Event Information
Doors Open: 7:00 pm
Ticket Prices: £7, Concession £5
Music Durham Member Tickets: £3.50
Ticket Availability: Tickets available from 26 November
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