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12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 2

Chamber music at its best

Yesterday the grandeur of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Southwell Minster provided the first highlight from the 2015 Festival for the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Today, by way of complete contrast, we publish an extract from a wonderful performance of sublime chamber music – Schubert’s Trout Quintet performed in the State Chamber.

The players in this extract from the fourth movement are Jamie Campbell (violin), Ruth Gibson (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello), Elena Hull (double bass) and James Baillieu (piano).

In the Sunday Times Hugh Canning  wrote:  “The performance of the Quintet… was edge-of-the-seat stuff, with James Baillieu…throwing off the virtuoso piano writing with insouciant ease and shaping Schubert’s songlike melodies with the instinct of a natural singer’s accompanist. The four string players, inspirationally led by Campbell, matched him note for note in a performance that kept up the momentum and excitement until its final second. A thrillingly fresh account of a much-performed work, it sounded as if the five artists had been playing it all their professional lives, but this was an ensemble created for and at the festival. I’ve heard less gripping readings from much bigger names.”

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The 2016 Festival takes place from 25-29 August.  The programme will be launched at a special concert on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster.