Romance and Rhapsody

Chamber 2



Christopher Cartlidge viola
Thomas Hutchinson oboe
Philip Arkinstall clarinet
Laurence Matheson piano


Dean New work – World Premiere, 2019 Composer in Residence
Bruch 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Brahms clarinet trio

About the performance

Charles Loeffler’s heritage was German, but most of his life was spent in America’s New England, and his music was deeply influenced by a French aesthetic. The Rhapsodies are versions of songs in which Loeffler explores moods inspired by the opulence of French Symbolism, reaching towards the sensuality of Impressionism. Max Bruch, on the other hand, occupies a similar aesthetic world to Brahms. Best known for his colourful works inspired by Scottish and Hebrew melodies, Bruch’s Eight Pieces were composed for his clarinetist son.

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