Magginis in Breckland

“We in the Maggini Quartet are delighted to announce our third ‘Magginis in Breckland’ Festival, with three programmes that abound in contrast and colour. A local connection features in our first concert with E J Moeran’s rhapsodic A minor quartet. In the second concert at Houghton Barns we welcome soprano Angela Brun for a performance of Barber’s glorious ‘Dover Beach’, and in the final concert in Oxburgh Chapel we offer the chance to hear three exceptional works for string trio.”

Friday May 23 May 2014
7:30pm Assembly Rooms, Swaffham

Mozart Quartet in B flat major K 458 The ‘Hunt’
E.J. Moeran Quartet in A minor
Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat major opus 12

Folk music from Norfolk formed part of the inspiration for E J Moeran’s beautiful A minor quartet. Brought up in Bacton, the composer would persuade locals in the Norfolk pubs to sing folksongs to him and their characteristics are to be felt in many of his works. This quartet forms the centrepiece of the concert, framed by Mozart’s joyful ‘Hunt’ quartet, one of the six he dedicated to Haydn, and Mendelssohn’s remarkable E flat opus 12.

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Saturday May 24 May 2014
7:30pm Houghton Barns

Haydn Quartet in A major opus 55 no 1
Samuel Barber Dover Beach
Mozart Allelujah from ‘Exsaltate Jubilate’ K165
Rachmaninov Vocalise opus 34 no 14
Brahms Quartet in C minor opus 51 no 1

Soprano Angela Brun joins the Maggini in Barber’s masterpiece ‘Dover Beach’ and works by Mozart and Rachmaninov. The concert opens with a Haydn quartet which is as fresh and original as ever, and closes with Brahms’s dramatic and powerful C minor quartet.

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Sunday May 25 2014
12:00 Oxburgh Hall Chapel

Schubert Trio movement in B flat major D471
Lennox Berkeley String Trio
Beethoven Serenade in D major for string trio opus 8

Three members of the Maggini Quartet offer a rare opportunity to listen to some wonderful string trios. A taut and refined work by the highly classical Lennox Berkeley is framed by the intimate Schubert movement and the ebullient and richly varied Serenade by Beethoven.

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Ticket prices: prices
Friday / Saturday £20 / £16
Sunday £16 / £13
Festival pass £50/£40

All enquiries to Tadzik Kaznowski at tpkaznowski@googlemail.com