|Mozart||Grande Sonate for clarinet & piano|
|Fantasia in D minor K397|
|Beethoven||Sonata Pathétique in C minor|
|Danzi||Sonata in B flat for clarinet & piano|
A superb programme of music for clarinet and piano from around 1800, played on period instruments. The B flat sonata by Franz Danzi, friend of Beethoven and Weber, is a large-scale virtuoso work, while Mozart’s Grande Sonate is a fascinating contemporary reimagining of the Clarinet Quintet in A major, played on the basset clarinet as the composer originally intended. John Irving and his fortepiano (after Anton Walter, who made an instrument for Mozart) breathe new life into Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique in C minor and Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor K397.
Jane Booth is a leading exponent of early clarinets, playing all over the world with period-instrument ensembles. She now concentrates on solo and chamber music performance with Ensemble DeNOTE. She is also an Executive Coach, leading the Coaching Associates at Guildhall Innovation. John Irving specialises in playing eighteenth-century music on contemporary keyboard instruments. He teaches at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
‘Superbly inflected performances…gorgeously subtle colouring’
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer
Tickets £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved)
half-price for full-time students
Festival Season Ticket £84: top-price tickets for all five concerts