Chipping Sodbury Music Society aims to bring together lovers of different types of music and musicians in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.
Chipping Sodbury Music Society
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The Artisans’ Quartet
8th November 2016
The November concert of Chipping Sodbury Music Society was given by The Artisans’ String Quartet, Kirsten Hellier first violin, Matt Everett second violin, Richard Crabtree viola and Juliet Tomlinson cello.
Haydn’s charming String Quartet Opus 64 No 64 got the programme off to a fine start. The lively first movement was played at an ideal tempo and the graceful Minuet, with its intricate trio, received a sympathetic response. The Adagio was full of pathos and the humorous last movement was given a joyful touch.
The ever popular “American” Quartet by Dvorak seemed highly appropriate on the eve of the Presidential Election. This tuneful work was played with obvious affection. The atmospheric opening Allegro showed real passion, the beautiful slow movement a rare intensity and the final Rondo true happiness.
Borodin’s delightful Quartet No 2 was written as a token of love to his wife. In the opening Allegro the romantic overtones were well delineated, the Scherzo was played with utter concentration and the ever popular Notturno was given full measure. The boisterous Finale brought the work to a satisfying conclusion.
So ended a memorable concert given by dedicated players and enjoyed by all. In addition to the beautiful music the audience was treated to an explanation of the instruments being played. Each of them was clearly treasured by its owner but two of them deserve special mention. Kirsten’s violin was made for her about four years ago by Leominster-based violin maker John Langstaffe, who came to the concert to hear it being played. By contrast, Richard’s viola was made by Nathaniel Cross (1686-1751) in his workshop next to the George Inn in Aldersgate, London where he worked from 1739. How apt that this very valuable instrument should have been played on Tuesday evening next door to The George in Broad Street!
11 November 2016
Bartosz Glowacki and Corentin Chassard
April 11th 2017
Accordion and Cello Duo
Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Bartosz Glowacki - accordion and Corentin Chassard - cello presented an unusual combination of instruments at the April concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society.
Two very poignant works stood out. Firstly Czech composer Vaclav Trojan’s “Destroyed Cathedral” inspired by his tearful witness of Dresden Cathedral’s devastation by war and secondly Victor Vlasov’s “Archipelago Gulag” where the horrors of Stalin’s Siberian incarcerations were rendered with chilling musical realism.
There were many lighter items. Arrangements of two of Scarlatti’s contrasting piano sonatas were played with great delicacy in the first of these and precise articulation in the second. A transcription of Schubert’s love song “Softly Through the Night is Calling” was delightfully realised.
Bach’s “Cello Suite No 1 Allemande and Currante” was technically and artistically assured. The adagio from Marcello’s “Oboe Concerto” was performed with a gentle touch and the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Cello Sonata No 6” responded well to an unexpectedly up-tempo rendition.
Bloch’s “Prayer from a Jewish Life” was played with rapt concentration and a “Macedonian Folk Song” made a fine impression in instrumental form. Two rhythmic South American pieces by Bandolim and Piazzola ended the evening in rousing fashion. Both players had clearly shown mastery of their trade and their supreme musicianship was highly praised by members of the audience after the concert.
16 April 2017