Pioneers and Prodigies
Spotlight on the South West. Highlights from the Cheltenham and Budleigh music festivals including Bach, Mozart and a very rare chance to hear Amy Beach's piano quintet.
Verity Sharp's highlights from summer festivals in the South West of England continue. Today it's back to Budleigh Salterton's Temple Methodist Church where Martin James Bartlett combines virtuosity with all of Mozart's charm in a sonata for piano and finds a moment of reflection in two arrangements of Bach's best loved chorales. Then, in the Georgian splendour of the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective perform Amy Beach's virtuosic Piano Quintet, a work which the group's co-founder and artistic director Tom Poster feels deserves to be heard far more often. Highly Romantic in style, it reflects Beach's considerable ability as a pianist as well as her originality as a composer.
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F major, K332
Bach, arr. Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Bach, arr Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Martin James Barlett, piano
Amy Beach: Piano Quintet
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective