Fri 3 August 2018
Fieri Consort & Tim Horton

Fieri Consort vocal ensemble
Tim Horton piano

Gesualdo Motets and Madrigals (Fieri Consort) interspersed with pieces by Stockhausen, Michael Berkeley and György Kurtág (Tim Horton)
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Schubert Piano Sonata in D major D850

Six-strong vocal ensemble Fieri Consort make their Plush debut alongside pianist Tim Horton for an innovative concert that mixes early music with repertoire from the present day.

Carlo Gesualdo was a Renaissance composer who broke harmonic rules in ways that would not be seen again until centuries later. His motets and madrigals are interwoven with short piano pieces that are equally adventurous in their own right. After the interval, Tim Horton gives a solo performance of Schubert’s alpine-inspired Piano Sonata in D major.

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Sat 4 August 2018
Filippo Gorini

Schumann Geistervariationen
Beethoven Sonata No.29 in B-flat Major “Hammerklavier”

Described by Swiss pianist Andrei Gavrilov as “a musician with a combination of rare artistic qualities: intellect, temperament, wonderful memory, vivid imagination and strong control over the nerves,” Gorini performs following his acclaimed recording of the composer’s Diabelli Variations (2017). 

In this lunchtime recital, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier follows Schumann’s shadowy and mysterious last piano work, the Ghost Variations. The concert continues the Plush legacy of giving a platform to some of the world’s most exciting pianists.

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Sat 4 August 2018
Open Rehearsal: Heath Quartet

Heath Quartet
+ Tim Horton

The Heath Quartet are one of the country’s most exciting and sought-after string quartets.  In conversation with 2018 Music Director Tim Horton ahead of their evening concert, they lift the lid on Beethoven’s masterful quartet and Jörg Widmann’s bold contemporary harmonies.

Sat 4 August 2018
Stravinsky For Four Hands

Tim Horton piano
Filippo Gorini piano

Pianists Tim Horton and Filippo Gorini join forces for the first time in this mouth-watering performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for four hands. 

The arrangement was the first published version of the piece, performed in part by the composer and Claude Debussy in 1912, and later revered as one of the most influential works of the 20th Century. The orchestral version caused a riot at the world premiere. Expect fireworks from the start between these two exceptional performers.

Sat 4 August 2018
Heath Quartet

Jörg Widmann Quartet No. 4
Benjamin Britten Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36
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Beethoven Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

The Heath Quartet return to Plush with music spanning three centuries, including this one. Beethoven’s late, great String Quartet Op. 132, a glorious 1945 work by Britten and Jörg Widmann’s experimental textures are all performed with the Heath’s world-leading vigour. Don’t miss this chance to see them perform a characteristically ambitious and diverse selection of music.

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Sun 5 August 2018
James Patrick Gavin & Friends

James Patrick Gavin fiddle
J Eoin voice & guitar
Adrian Lever guitar & piano
Dominic Henderson pipes & whistles
Tommie Black-Roff accordion

Fresh from his sell-out gig at London’s Union Chapel earlier this year, stunning fiddle player James Patrick Gavin brings together a carefully chosen group of folk musicians for this family concert.

James is joined by heart-melting Irish troubador J Eoin, pioneering guitarist Adrian Lever and the talents of Teyr, whose “excellent debut album” (The Independent) was released to critical acclaim last year.

A truly unique blend of voices and instruments, along with Irish poetry, link together the many sounds of the Celtic and British Isles. Under 16s go free to this family event.

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Mon 6 August 2018
Sir András Schiff

Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870-893

Legendary pianist András Schiff visits Plush for the second part of Bach’s masterwork. His divine performance of the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I at last year’s BBC Proms was described by the Guardian as one of the Top 10 classical highlights of 2017 and was previewed at our intimate venue. We’re delighted to be welcoming him back again.

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Fri 14 Sept 2018
Beethoven to Berg

James Clark violin
Øyvor Volle violin*
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

*Øyvor replaces Cerys Jones

Berg Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (11 mins)
Webern Langsamer Satz, 1905 (10 mins)
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4, Op. 102/1 (15 mins)
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Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (50 mins)

All five of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas are performed throughout our September weekend, giving a glimpse into every era of his life. His two-movement fourth sonata, among the first works of his “late” period, is preceded by music from the early careers of Berg and Webern, whose motivic origins can be traced back to the master. Beethoven’s influence is more apparent still in Brahms’ majestic and assured Second Piano Quartet.

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Sat 15 Sept 2018
Lunchtime Concert

James Clark violin
Øyvor Volle violin
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 5/1
(25 mins)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (30 mins)

Transport yourself to Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” with this lunchtime concert, featuring a young composer exploring a late romantic sound world. His early masterpiece Verklärte Nacht, a sublime sextet penned before his departure into serialism, broke new ground by fusing the distinct motivic and harmonic languages of Wagner and Brahms.

Schoenberg is preceded by the first of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas with moments of pianistic virtuosity and joyful high-register cello scoring.

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Sat 15 Sept 2018
Open Rehearsal: Plush Ensemble

James Clark violin
Øyvor Volle violin*
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello

*Øyvor replaces Cerys Jones

Join us for this relaxed afternoon rehearsal, where accomplished musicians prepare for their evening performance of Schubert’s beloved late work, his String Quintet in C major.

The piece is sometimes called the “Cello Quintet” because it is scored for a standard string quartet plus an extra cello instead of the extra viola. It’s a Plush tradition for this piece to close out the festival: hear our musicians fine-tuning it in forensic fashion!

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Sat 15 Sept 2018
Beethoven Cello Sonatas

Tim Horton piano
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello

Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 5/2 (25 mins) Brendel, Horton
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69 (25 mins) Lewis, Horton

+ Talk with the musicians

Our in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas continues with a talk and recital led by Music Director Tim Horton.

The early second Cello Sonata, performed here by Adrian Brendel and Tim Horton, is essentially a piano sonata with cello accompaniment. The third, performed by Bjørg Lewis and Tim Horton, redresses the balance, giving each equal weight for the first time.

Hear these two cellists bring their distinct interpretations to Beethoven’s ground-breaking sonatas.

Sat 15 Sept 2018
Beethoven to Boulez

James Clark violin
Øyvor Volle violin*
Ruth Gibson viola
Rachel Roberts viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
Adrian Brendel cello
Tim Horton piano

**Øyvor replaces Cerys Jones

Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op. 42 (12 mins)
Boulez 12 Notations for piano (10 mins)
Webern Three Little Pieces for cello and piano, Op. 11 (4 mins)
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5, Op. 102/2 (20 mins)
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Schubert String Quintet in C major (50 mins) Jones, Clark, Roberts, Brendel, Lewis

The curtain comes down on this season’s concert series with a packed programme that juxtaposes Boulez with Webern before placing Beethoven alongside Schubert. A typically stunning group of Plush Ensemble musicians open with a joyful Haydn quartet and close in the Plush tradition of performing Schubert’s finest chamber accomplishment, his String Quartet in C major.

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Sun 16 Sept 2018
Young Musicians Workshop

Applications Now Closed

Each year we invite talented young musicians based in and around Dorset to join us for our Plush Young Musicians Workshop – a free day of solo masterclasses and ensemble workshops tutored by our visiting musicians who are performing on the Plush stage over the summer.

This is a fantastic chance to meet and play with other local young musicians, receive coaching from world-renowned artists and explore chamber music in a unique and inspirational setting.

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