“Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-bloodied playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature…” The Daily Telegraph
James Manson – New Commission | Brahms – Piano Quartet in C Minor Op 60 | Schubert – Trout Quintet
A feature of every season is the appearance of our principal players as the NCO Soloists and in this concert, our leaders of the string sections are joined by Martin Roscoe, a wonderfully versatile musician who after a career spanning four decades, is one of the UK’s best-known pianists. In the first half of this concert, the players will be plunging headlong into a maelstrom of romanticism, in Brahms’ C minor piano quartet, a piece that the composer himself said referred to Goethe’s great novel Werther, the story of which relates the sorrows of a young man whose deep anguish over a married woman whose husband he admires leads to him taking his own life. The parallel with Brahms’ situation with regard to Clara and Robert Schumann is clear.
The second half of the concert will be a much sunnier affair, with the gloriously carefree, beautifully crafted, Trout Quintet. We are delighted that Jamie, our principal bass player and resident composer is producing a curtain-raiser for this concert.