Hellensmusic Festival 2016
Christian Blackshaw (piano) and a quintet at the 2016 Hellensmusic festival in Herefordshire. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A (Trout).
Two favourite quintets, recorded at the Hellensmusic festival, which takes place every spring at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire. Festival director and pianist, Christian Blackshaw is joined by an international line-up of musicians for music by Shostakovich and Schubert.
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, 'The Trout'
Christian Blackshaw, piano
Maya Iwabuchi, violin
Markus Däunert, violin
Máté Szücs, viola
Bruno Delepelaire, cello
Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass
Hellens manor is one of the oldest residences in the the UK; it has stood in the village of Much Marcle in Herefordshire since at least the 12th century. Today, Hellens welcomes Radio 3 to the intimate surroundings of its Great Barn for a concert from its annual spring music festival. Festival director and pianist Christian Blackshaw leads a starry line-up of performers including: Markus Däunert, Concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Maya Iwabuchi, Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Máté Szücs, Principal Viola of the Berlin Philharmonic; Bruno Delepelaire, first solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic and Waldemar Schwiertz, Co-principal double bass of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Both quintets in today's programme became instantly popular with audiences and performers. Here, the emotional power of Shostakovich's music is balanced with the irresistible good humour of Schubert's most famous chamber work.