Nash Series at Wigmore Hall
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Nash Ensemble 2016-17 Series at Wigmore Hall


Vienna and its Empire: 2016-17 Season

promoted by the Nash Concert Society:

From the 16th century up to the First World War, a vast swathe of central Europe was united first in the Habsburg empire, then in its successors the Austrian Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Imperial capital in all three phases was Vienna, a city with a thriving musical life which attracted musicians from all quarters of the Empire and beyond, resulting in a rich heritage of compositions. But at the same time, individual countries within the Empire expressed their national aspirations though their composers' use of national idioms. In its 2016/17 series, the Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall's Chamber Ensemble in Residence, combines the music of Vienna, from the 'Viennese Classical school' of Haydn and Mozart to Mahler and the 'second Viennese school' of Schoenberg and his pupils, with music from Hungary and the Czech lands.

October 22, Wigmore Hall - 'Vienna and its Empire'  
Mahler: Piano Quartet Movement in A minor
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht Op.4 for string sextet
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D667 'Trout'

October 23, Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert  
Instrumentation: piano, flute, clarinet & string quartet  
Strauss: Emperor Waltz Op.437 arr. Schoenberg
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25

November 19, Wigmore Hall  
Schubert: Three Marches Militaires D733 for piano duet
Bartok: Duos for two violins (selection)
Kodaly: Duo for violin and cello Op.7  
With: Ian Brown (piano), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Lawrence Power (viola), Richard Hosford (clarinet)  
Brahms: Hungarian Dances for piano duet
Liszt: Elégie for cello, piano, harp and harmonium
Dohnanyi: Sextet in C major Op.37
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115

December 10, Wigmore Hall - 'Vienna and its Empire'  
7.30pm: with Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)  
Janacek: Mladi
Smetana: Der Fischer (Rybar)
Dvorak: Love Songs Op.83 arranged by David Matthews for voice & strings
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81


January 21, Wigmore Hall - 'Vienna and its Empire'  
7.30pm: with Lucy Crowe (soprano), Ian Brown (piano), Martyn Brabbins (conductor)  
Haydn: String Quartet in C major Op.76 No.3 'Emperor'
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat major, K449
Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G major arranged by Erwin Stein

February 5, Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert  
Instrumentation: piano, flute, string quintet  
Dvorak: Sonatina in G major Op.100 aranged for flute and piano
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15
Dvorak: String Quintet in E flat major, Op.97

February 11, Wigmore Hall - 'Vienna and its Empire'  
with Claire Booth (soprano)  
Introductory talk followed by
Berg: Four Pieces for clarinet and piano
Webern: Piano Quintet in C major (1907)
Schoenberg: Die eiserne Brigade (1916)
Schoenberg: Ein Stelldichein (1905)
Schoenberg: Brettl-Lieder (1901)
Schoenberg: Nachwandler (1901)  
with Claire Booth (soprano), Ian Brown (piano), Richard Hosford (clarinet), Lawrence Power (viola)  
Berg are. de Leeuw: Seven Early Songs
Mozart: Trio in E flat major K 498 'Kegelstatt'
Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock
Schubert: Octet in F major, D803

March 22, Wigmore Hall - 'Nash Inventions'  
Pre-concert talk: Composers in conversation ahead of the evening concert  
With: Roderick Williams (baritone), Adrian Brendel (cello), Martyn Brabbins (conductor)  
Huw Watkins: String Trio (2014)
Colin Matthews: Fuga for ensemble (1988)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: A Sea of Cold Flame for baritone, cello and ensemble (London premiere)
Colin Matthews: New work for baritone and ensemble (world premiere)
Simon Holt: Bagatelaranas for wind quintet (world premiere, Nash commission)
Julian Anderson: Van Gogh Blue for ensemble (2015)