Friederich August Kummer (1797-1879)
Duo No 1 in D Opus 67 (1841)
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Adagio and Rondo in F, J115 (1811)
cello and piano
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
from the film suite “ The Gadfly “ Op 97
violin and piano
Friedrich Hermann (1828-1907)
Grand Duo Brillant in G minor, for violin and cello, Op 12
Allegro con fuoco
Charles Tait, violin
Charles Tait studied the violin with Emanuel Hurwitz whilst at school and whilst reading Classics as an Open Exhibitioner at Christ Church, Oxford University from 1987 to 1991.
After graduating he worked as a chamber musician, performing around Europe, and as a violin teacher. He studied on a postgraduate programme with Howard Davies at the Royal Academy of Music from 2003 to 2005, where he led the Emanuel String Quartet, representing the RAM in various tours. He also took part in a chamber music tour to Japan in April 2004 with Lynn Harrell, then Principal of the RAM.
After leaving the Academy, he continued to work as a freelance professional, both as a chamber musician and also in the Orchestral world as a Principal with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and also with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
He retrained from 1997 as an accountant. His career has taken him back into the world of the Arts, where he is now Finance Director for the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as running his own tax and accounting advice business.
As well as playing the violin, he also occasionally works as a cocktail pianist on the rare occasions he is allowed near a piano.
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Jacqueline Phillips, cello
A brilliant ‘cellist from an early age, Jacqueline studied with legendary teachers including William Pleeth, Amaryllis Fleming, Aldo Perisot, Joan Dickson and has emerged as an extraordinarily versatile and well-rounded musician; undoubtedly one of the finest British ‘cellists of her generation, with a career that has taken her round the world, including a trip to Italy to win the Rovere d’Oro International competition in Genoa.
She is in much demand as a free-lance chamber and orchestral musician, guest leading the Irish Chamber Orchestra, guest sub-principle of BBC Phil and guest co- leading the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestra.
She founded her own group known as the Brook Ensemble and this special ensemble is the first small group to have continually given a portion of the fees to cancer charities most recently Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Recently Jacqueline, in her efforts to push the boundaries of cello technique, has specialised in adapting known violin virtuoso solos, performances including Saint-Saens “Rondo Capriccioso” and other violin virtuoso concert pieces ! And she continues with a schedule of performances in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.
We could find no online recordings of Kummer's opus 67 Duo for violin and cello, so here instead is a student performance of his Cello Duo in C major:
When you listen to this performance of Weber's
Adagio and Rondo you will have a similar experience to
the judges of the first Australian Cello Awards - you will hear Edward King, but you will not see him (although unlike those judges you will have his photo on screen):
Here is a superb recording of cellist Gregory Piatigorsky playing the Adagio and Rondo with full orchestra, in the early black-and-white television days of 1956:
Celebrated Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti plays the moving Romance from Schostakovich's score for the film The Gadfly - at the 2012 Last Night of the Proms:
The Hermann duo was also elusive in online sources.
Here instead is another delightful work by the same composer, his Second Capriccio for 3 Violins,
performed by three brilliant students of the
Berlin Hochshüle für Musik "Hanns Eisler", on
instruments dating from between 1730 and 1802: