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Mark Simpson, Heath Quartet - Suk, Arensky, Mozart

Temple Winter Festival

Live from the Temple Church, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Launching a week of concerts from one of London's most historic and atmospheric churches, this Temple Winter Festival opens with a programme of chamber music for the season.

William Alwyn: Winter Poems

Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for Clarinet Solo

Arensky: String Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 35, slow movement

Suk: Meditation on an old Czech hymn "St Wenceslas", op.35a

8.15 Interval: the Reverend Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of The Temple, talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about the origins and extraordinary history of the Temple Church, consecrated 800 years ago.
1: The Knights Templar and the Temple Church.


Mozart: Quintet in A for Clarinet and Strings K. 581

Mark Simpson (clarinet)
Heath Quartet

A week's concerts from the beautiful surroundings of London's Temple Church opens with a the Heath Quartet's selection of chamber music for the winter season. Three rarely-heard string quartet miniatures by William Alwyn are companion pieces to a set of variations by Anton Arensky on a well-known Christmas song by Tchaikovsky. Josef Suk's soulful meditation is based on a tune celebrating a saint who - today - is indelibly associated with Christmas festivities, but here is heard in his guise as a patriotic emblem of Czech nationalism. Joining the Heath Quartet, rising young clarinettist Mark Simpson plays three dazzling miniatures by Stravinsky, and - after the interval - one of the acknowledged jewels of the whole chamber music repertoire: Mozart's timeless Clarinet Quintet

The Temple Winter Festival series of concerts is promoted by BBC Radio 3 in association with the Temple Church and Hazard Chase Ltd.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 16 Dec 2013 19:30

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