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Mark Simpson, Heath Quartet - Suk, Arensky, Mozart

Mark Simpson (clarinet) and the Heath Quartet perform at the Temple Church in London. With music by Alwyn, Stravinsky, Arensky, Suk and 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.

8.35

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.

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