Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2022

SLAVA UKRAINI !

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***FREE tickets for Ukrainian nationals to the lunchtime and evening concerts on the 17th December. E-mail Louise.hughes@ocmf.net for the booking code to be used on the Tickets Oxford website.***

Tuesday 13th December 6pm
All Souls Chapel

A vigil for Ukraine

Our Festival this year, in support of Ukraine, begins with this ‘vigil’ in the inspiring surroundings of the baroque Chapel of All Souls’ College. We introduce the meditative music of our featured composer, the Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov, together with profound masterpieces by Bach and Rameau.

Lysenko Prayer for Ukraine | Valentin Silvestrov Postlude and Elegy | J.S.Bach Cello suite no.2 and Chaconne for solo violin | Rameau The conversation of the Muses

Priya Mitchell, violin | Natacha Kudritskaya, piano | Adrian Brendel, cello | Tetiana Lutsyk, violin | Claude Frochaux, cello

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Wednesday 14th December 6.30pm
Phoenix Picturehouse

OLGA

A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as her family gets involved. A powerful and moving film exploring exile, homesickness, guilt and anger felt by millions of displaced Ukrainians. **** Guardian
Book via Picturehouse box office online or over the phone: 0871 902 5747

N.B. The film is not included in the festival pass

Tetiana Lutsyk will perform ‘Postlude’ by Valentin Silvestrov and say a few words about her impressions as a Ukrainian musician.

 

Thursday 15th December 8pm
Holywell Music Room

Prayer for Ukraine

Fascinating connections across the continent and the centuries. Our featured composer Valentin Silvestrov’s The Messenger is like a wind-borne visitation by the spirit of Mozart. Mozart himself contributes one of his greatest works, with its deeply moving, almost operatic duet of a slow movement. The Dumka was a Ukrainian ballad, part lamenting, part rejoicing; Dvorak’s joyous trio strings together six kaleidoscopic ‘Dumky’ and the great Anglo-American composer Rebecca Clarke adds a memorable seventh.

Valentin Silvestrov The Messenger | Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola K364 (arranged for strings) | Rebecca Clarke Dumka | Dvorak ‘Dumky’ Piano trio op90

Natacha Kudritskaya, piano | Tetiana Lutsyk, violin | Timothy Ridout, viola | Nathan Braude, viola | Priya Mitchell, violin | Dirk Mommertz, piano | Claude Frochaux, cello | Corey Cerovsek, violin | Brian O’Kane, cello

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Friday 16th December 7.45pm
Holywell Music Room

Ukrainian Soul

Lyatoshinsky’s quartet is a real find, wonderfully fresh and filled with memorable Ukrainian folktunes – reminiscent of English ‘pastoral’ music such as Vaughan Williams’ celebrated Lark Ascending written during the First World War. Kapustin’s piano quintet is another ear-opener, filled with the sounds of nightclub jazz, slinky, syncopated, and wildly upbeat – and a total contrast to two typically gentle works by Valentin Silvestrov, one serene, one searching. Schubert’s Fantasie is simply one of his very greatest masterworks.

Valentin Silvestrov Evening Serenade and Lacrimosa | Schubert Fantasie four piano duet | Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (original version 1914) | Borys Lyatoshinsky String quartet no4 (on Ukrainian themes) | Nicolai Kapustin Piano quintet op 89

Priya Mitchell, violin | Corey Cerovsek, violin | Natacha Kudritskaya, piano | Tetiana Lutsyk, violin | Nathan Braude, viola |  Adrian Brendel, cello | Meghan Cassidy, viola | Dirk Mommertz, piano | Claude Frochaux, cello |  Brian O’Kane, cello

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Saturday 17th December 1pm
Olivier Hall St Edward’s School

Interwoven

A whirl of a concert! – full of dances. Prokofiev, born in Donetsk province, caps our programme with his ballet masterpiece, translating Romeo and Juliet into some of the greatest tunes of the twentieth century. Around him are his teacher Glière; Lysenko, “the father of Ukrainian music”, with a lovely cello-song; and Schubert, Myroslav Skoryk and our featured composer Valentin Silvestrov all come to the ball.

Reinhold Glière Duos for violin and cello | Valentin Silvestrov Song without words – Elegy and Three waltzes op3 | Mykola Lysenko Elegie – La Tristesse | Myroslav Skoryk Spanish Dance | Schubert/Prokofiev Waltzes | Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Natacha Kudritskaya, piano | Claude Frochaux, cello | Corey Cerovsek, violin |  Tetiana Lutsyk, violin | Dirk Mommertz, piano | Priya Mitchell, violin

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FREE tickets for Ukrainian nationals for this concert. E-mail Louise.hughes@ocmf.net for the booking code to be used on the Tickets Oxford website.

Saturday 17th December 7.45pm
Olivier Hall St Edward’s School

Hope

Our week of musical prayer for Ukraine culminates with one of Beethoven’s most dynamic and exciting quartets, written for a Ukrainian count, son of a Cossack leader; and Schubert’s sublime, Shakespearean Quintet. Skoryk’s stirring Melody, written for film, is shaped like Ukrainian folksong, and our featured composer Valentin Silvestrov contributes the very striking Largo from his violin sonata.

Beethoven Razumovsky quartet op 59/ 1 | Valentin Sylvestrov from Post Scriptum | Myroslav Skoryk Melody in A minor | Schubert String Quintet D926

Adrian Brendel, cello | Corey Cerovsek, violin | Priya Mitchell, violin | Meghan Cassidy, viola | Sally Bayley, author | Natacha Kudritskaya, piano | Tetiana Lutsyk, violin | Claude Frochaux, cello

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FREE tickets for Ukrainian nationals for this concert. E-mail Louise.hughes@ocmf.net for the booking code to be used on the Tickets Oxford website.

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