Daniel Lozakovich. Photo by Johan Sandberg

Sunday, October 11, 2020

West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival | Fermata #1 – George Frideric Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ivor Gurney – Lawrence Power, Vilde Frang, John Myerscough, Pavel Kolesnikov, Tim Crawford, Annabelle Meare, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Timothy Crawford, Timothy Ridout (HD 1080p)

I'm delighted to welcome you to the 2020 West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival! We are so excited to share with you what we have been working on over the past month – as I mentioned here before, for obvious reasons we were unable to present the festival this year with live audience. However I feel this has presented us with fascinating challenges and questions... How do we recreate the energy and soul of our special festival on film? How should we programme without the energy of an audience to help and influence a performance? All questions that need answering. I feel privileged to have been joined by some truly magnificent artists on this voyage of discovery – you can discover them all here on the website and our social media channels throughout October.

A Fermata is arguably the most powerful musical device available to a composer, within which the most special, unexpected moments can take place. It can magically suspend time, it can invite wild Improvisation or it can simply invite silence... I hope these films recreate in some small way the soul of our special festival during this hiatus. Enjoy.

We have all felt a felt a collective grand pause over the past six months but this sadly continues for most performing artists all over the world today – it means so much to me that we were able to present these artists in this special way. Thanks again for your loyalty and trust during this creative endeavour. Inevitably, we have incurred more costs than usual presenting these films without the usual ticket revenue. If you enjoy these Festival films and want to support us we would be so grateful for any donations. Not only will it help to fund this year’s festival, but also help to secure future years.

I so look forward to seeing you in 3D (!) next year for our tenth anniversary...

Lawrence Power
Artist Director WWCMF

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) / Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935)

♪ Sarabande for Violin and Viola [02:10]*

Vilde Frang, violin
Lawrence Power, viola

Vilde and Lawrence In Conversation at the George and Dragon pub

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

♪ Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts: La Cupis & La Forqueray (1741) [14:20]

Lawrence Power, violin
John Myerscough, cello
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Intermission: Lawrence Power, John Myerscough and Pavel Kolesnikov chat

Recap from the 2019 Festival:

Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)

♪ Piano Quintet No.1 (1952) [28:15]

i. Moderato molto espressivo
ii. Presto
iii. Grave
iv. Con passione

Tim Crawford, violin
Annabelle Meare, violin
Lawrence Power, viola
John Myerscough, cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

String Quintet ‘Souvenirs’

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644, baptised-1704)

♪ Battalia À 10: Presto (1673) [37:53]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ String Quintet No.1 in B flat major, K.174, Allegro Moderato (1773)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

♪ String Quintet No.2 in G major, Op.111, Adagio (1890) [49:08]

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

♪ Fugue for String Quintet in D major, Op.137 (1817)

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)

♪ 5 Elizabethan Songs, "Sleep" (1912), arranged for solo viola and string quartet by Richard Birchall (2018) [58:10]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

♪ String Quintet No.1 in B flat major, K.174, Allegro (1773) [1:01:05]

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Timothy Crawford, violin
Lawrence Power, viola
Timothy Ridout, viola
John Myerscough, cello

Church of St Lawrence, West Wycombe, UK, October 8, 2020

(HD 1080p)

* Start time of each movement

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