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Bach Doubles anyone?

Our new series offers all the drama and instrumental contrast of the Bach Double but with two players sharing their love of Bach in their own solo concert each evening – the first at 7pm and the second at 9.15pm.

The earlier concerts feature the Bach Solo Cello Suites with mesmerising cellist Natalie Clein, while the later concerts take the spirit of Bach as their departure point, exploring his indelible influence on composers of later generations, from Steve Reich to Nico Muhly.  Two seriously talented and daring performers, violinist Thomas Gould and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahan, take up the challenge and give free rein to their imaginations to create these one off programmes for this series launch.

You can book one concert each evening, or take advantage of a special discount to hear both.

Friday 30 October

Natalie-Clein-Sq7pm, Natalie Clein (cello)

J S Bach
Cello Suite No 3 C
Cello Suite No 5 in C minor
Cello Suite No 4 in E flat

Natalie Clein lays the foundation notes of our new ‘Bach Doubles’ series with Bach’s Solo Cello Suites – arguably the greatest pieces ever written for the instrument, and the gold standard against which other cello works are judged. This is music that roams from simplicity to sublimity, offering up exquisite melodies and a myriad of textures and colours. Natalie Clein is a cellist possessing not only the virtuosity but also the musicality needed to convey its fine shades and beauty – the perfect match.

Please note there will be a short interval

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Tickets
£20, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

Mahan-Esfahani-Sq9.15pm, Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

J S Bach Chromatische Fantaisie & Fuga BWV 903
J S Bach (arr. Esfahani) Two Gavottes from Suite for violoncello solo V BWV 1011
C P E Bach Sonata in F sharp Wq 52/4
W F Bach Movements from Suite G minor Fk 24
Steve Reich Piano Phase
J S Bach Toccata C minor BWV 911
Mel Powell Recitative and Toccata Percossa

The spirit of J S Bach permeates, whether by design or by sheer osmosis, the entire course of Western music that follows his remarkable time spent on this planet. Mahan Esfahani, an artist once referred to by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja’ and something of a force of nature himself, has created a programme that looks at ‘doubles’ for Bach’s works and musical language. He starts with pieces penned by Bach’s own sons before fast forwarding to the 20th century to the ecstatic patterns of Steve Reich’s ”Piano Phase” (transcribed for harpsichord with pre-recorded tape) and jazz pianist Mel Powell’s classic “Recitative and Toccata percossa”.

“Dashingly eloquent, dizzyingly skilled, Esfahani makes the harpsichord seem an instrument reborn.” THE TIMES

Running time 70 minutes without interval

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Tickets
£15, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

See both recitals for £30 (plus fees), saving £4 per ticket.

Friday 13 November

Natalie-Clein-Sq-027pm, Natalie Clein (cello)

J S Bach
Cello Suite No 1 in G
Cello Suite No 2 in D minor
Cello Suite No 6 in D

Natalie Clein completes her exploration of Bach’s Solo Cello Suites (see also listing for 30 October), some of the greatest pieces ever written for the instrument, and the gold standard against which other cello works are judged.

“Magically deft, soaringly passionate, without any trace of self-indulgence, Clein conjures a full orchestra of colours and textures from her precious Guadagnini cello.” THE TIMES

Please note there will be a short interval

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Tickets
£20, £5 Students (limited availability)(plus fees)

Thomas-Gould-Sq9.15pm, Thomas Gould (violin)

J S Bach Adagio from Sonata No 1 BWV 1001
Ewan Campbell Everything, All at Once
J S Bach Chaconne from Partita No 2 BWV 1004
Tarik O’Regan Alice Changes
J S Bach Largo from Sonata No 3 BWV 1005
Nico Muhly A Long Line (for solo violin and tape)
Francisco Coll Hyperlude IV
J S Bach Loure from Partita No 3 BWV 1006

Thomas Gould refuses to be defined by genres and is fast carving out a career as one of the most brilliant and in demand violinists of his generation. Taking some of the greatest music for solo violin by JS Bach as his spring board – including a piece widely considered to be its summit, Bach’s ‘Chaconne’ – he moves seamlessly between times, moods and styles with music that all ultimately leads back, and pays homage, to the genius of Bach.

The programme includes the Baroque-like ornamentations and jazz-inspired sections of Tariq O’Regan’s ‘Alice Changes’ and the deeply expressive ‘A Long Line’ by one of today’s most talked about composers, Nico Muhly, that introduces a striking musical partner on stage for Thomas by way of pre-recorded tape.

“The young British vionist Thomas Gould seems intent on becoming the Nigel Kennedy of his generation … “ THE TIMES

Running time 60 minutes without interval

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Tickets
£15, £5 Students (limited availability) (plus fees)

See both recitals for £30 (plus fees), saving £4 per ticket.