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Japan Tour 2018 (soundbites)


Musica Reale appeared in Ukiha (17 November), Nagasaki (18 and 19 November) and Tokyo (20 and 21 November), 2018. A special invitation concert was given for an invited audience at the Royal Dutch Embassy, Tokyo.

Programmes

Ukiha City Public Library Hall, Ukiha (Fukuoka)
17 November 2018 14.00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Oboe quartet in F K370 (1781)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Sylvia Huang violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

Cinq pièces en trio for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (1935)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Clarinet quintet in B minor op. 115 (1891)
Arno Piters clarinet / Sylvia Huang violin / Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Ukiha City Public Library Hall, Ukiha (Fukuoka)
17 November 2018 16.00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Oboe quartet in F K370 (1781)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Sylvia Huang violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Divertissement for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (1927)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String trio in C minor op. 9 no. 3 (1797-8)
Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Nagasaki 18 November 2018

Two workshops with local music students were given – one for strings and one for winds

Nagasaki Brick Hall, International Congress Center, Nagasaki
19 November 2018 19.00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Oboe quartet in F K370 (1781)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Sylvia Huang violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Julius Engelbert Röntgen (1855-1932)

String trio in C minor no. 14 (1915-1930)
Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Divertissement for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (1927)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Clarinet quintet in B minor op. 115 (1891)
Arno Piters clarinet / Sylvia Huang violin / Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello

Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Tokyo
20 November 2018 19.00

This programme combines two of music’s greatest composers, Mozart and Brahms, with two lesser known composers, each of whom had a link with greatness.

Julius Röntgen, a hugely prolific Dutch composer (well over 600 works), was befriended with Brahms and Grieg, accompanied such renowned soloists as Joachim, Flesch and Casals and composed music in a wide variety of styles, ranging from symphonies and vocal works to chamber music. The string trio on this program is number 14 of 16 composed between 1915 and 1930.

Schulhoff, had he not been killed by the Nazis for being an “entartete” (degenerate) composer because he was Jewish, was clearly destined to become a highly significant mid-twentieth century composer. The delightful Divertimento for oboe, clarinet and bassoon testifies to this assessment.

The Mozart oboe quartet and the Brahms clarinet quintet, both widely loved and highly virtuosic, highlight two of the RCO’s famous solo players.

Concert details on Hamarikyu Asahi Hall website (in Japanese)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Oboe quartet in F K370 (1781)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Sylvia Huang violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello
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Julius Engelbert Röntgen (1855-1932)

String trio in C minor no. 14 (1915-1930)
Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello
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Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Divertissement for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (1927)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon
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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Clarinet quintet in B minor op. 115 (1891)
Arno Piters clarinet / Sylvia Huang violin / Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello
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Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Tokyo
21 November 2018 14.00

Four of the pieces on this program are relatively early works of their composers, the exception being the Ibert “Cinq Pièces,” written when he was 45 years old.

Beethoven himself considered his great opus 9 number 3 trio to be one of his finest early works. It is both passionate and profound, a work of great power.

Britten’s oboe quartet (“Phantasy”) dates from his 18th year. It is an evocative, almost pastoral composition, employing all the tonal and expressive qualities of the oboe.

The two French composers, Poulenc and Ibert, share a great fluency in their writing for woodwind instruments. The little Poulenc Sonata is playful and reflective, characteristics of much of Poulenc’s work, while the Ibert pieces are witty and light hearted.

Mendelssohn’s first string quintet, written at the age of 17, is an already fully mature masterpiece. Its effortless command of structure, counterpoint and depth of emotion clearly identify the young composer as one of exceptional genius.

Concert details on Hamarikyu Asahi Hall website (in Japanese)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1779-1827)

String trio in C minor op. 9 no. 3 (1797-8)
Junko Naito violin / Ken Hakii viola / Julia Tom cello
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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Phantasy quartet in F minor for oboe and string trio op. 2
Continuous: Andante alla marcia – Allegro giusto – Con fuoco – Andante alla marcia
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Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

Cinq pièces en trio for oboe, clarinet, bassoon (1935)
Ivan Podyomov oboe / Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon
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Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Sonata for clarinet and bassoon in D major FP 32 (1922)
Arno Piters clarinet / Simon Van Holen bassoon
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

String quintet in A major op. 18 no. 1 (1826)
Junko Naito violin / Sylvia Huang violin / Ken Hakii viola / Yoko Kanamaru viola / Julia Tom cello
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