Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield
May 25, 2024 at 7:15 pm
Ensemble 360 and Steven Isserlis in Festival Finale
George Onslow: Nonet, op. 77
Gabriel Fauré: Elegie, op. 24
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, op.70, Souvenir de Florence
A grand work for a grand finale: captivating charm and wit from George Onslow’s Nonet. Nicknamed the ‘French Beethoven’, this is a chance to hear one of his finest and largest-scale chamber works whose five movements move through an expressive array of moods from turbulence to a jubilant conclusion.
Steven Isserlis then joins pianist Tim Horton for a heartfelt lament by Gabriel Fauré, before we sign off with Tchaikovsky’s celebratory musical postcard, Souvenir de Florence. This hugely popular string sextet by the great Russian composer features both Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360’s cellist Gemma Rosefield, and promises to be a fitting farewell to the Festival in our anniversary year.