Johannes Moser / Paul Rivinius: Cello Series 2 – Russia @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2021 – Bantry and Beyond

Johannes Moser / Paul Rivinius: Cello Series 2 – Russia @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2021 – Bantry and Beyond

Sunday, 6 June 2021, 8.00pm

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Johannes Moser is a regular visitor to Bantry. This year he was due to play the three Martinů Cello Sonatas with the Russian pianist, Andrei Korobeinikov. Curiously Martinů’s complete quartets had featured in Pavel Haas Quartet’s prospective programme. Hopefully both these programmes will re-appear next year. Ever the adventurous soloist, Moser is now introducing us to one of Weinberg’s Cello Sonatas. This is a lyrical but quiet work that livens up with a propulsive, hard-driven Finale that, inevitably, was written for Rostropovich. Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata is an early work, pre-dating his long duel with Stalin and the unpredictably repressive Soviet authorities. So the gentle and untroubled lyricism of the first movement may come as a surprise, though the spiky, percussive piano part in the Scherzo is more familiar territory. The slow meditative opening to the Largo gradually arouses itself to a moment of restrained passion, but by the coda it has sunk back into exhausted stasis. After so much introspection the ebullient and playful Finale comes as a surprise with both instruments shamelessly showing off. Not many Shostakovich works end with such a broad smile.

All works performed by Johannes Moser Paul Rivinius

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West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2021: Bantry and Beyond (28 May–25 July)
West Cork Chamber Music Festival goes virtual. Although the circumstances for enjoying chamber music are different this year, the quality of the artists and the diversity and excellence of the programming are as high as ever.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to introduce its virtual incarnation, Bantry and Beyond. As the Festival musicians could not come to Bantry, the Festival has gone to the musicians. Festival-goers will become virtual travellers to destinations around Europe and USA. They will visit famous concert halls in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Chicago; historic Great Houses of Ireland and the Netherlands; a centuries old abbey with a fabulous library; Palaces in Prague and Vienna; old churches in London, Bantry and Amsterdam; a vaulted tunnel under a vanished convent in Cologne; studios in Amsterdam and Berlin; and Music Centres in Hungary and Italy.

The thirty Festival concerts will commence with four themed weekends starting in Vienna on 28 May before moving to daily concerts 25 June – 4 July followed by a coda of five concerts later in July. The concerts will be streamed by the platform OurConcerts.live. A PDF of the programme is available below.

Box office will open on 20th May 1pm and tickets can be bought here.

Audiences can buy a Festival Pass for all concerts, packages of 6 concerts, or single concerts.

All concerts will be available On Demand for 48 hours after broadcast. 

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