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Beethoven and Sotelo
4 October 7.30pm
Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo completed his training in Vienna, a move which he describes as ‘essential to his artistic development’. His latest piece for string quartet is presented in company with the music of another composer who flourished in the city.
Cuarteto Casals surveys three works from Beethoven’s early, middle and late years in Vienna, including the sublime seven-
Isabelle Faust violin
Alexander Melnikov fortepiano
7 October 11.30am
Isabelle Faust launches her Wigmore Hall residency in company with her close artistic collaborator, Alexander Melnikov, offering a weekend of concerts devoted to Mozart’s violin sonatas.
They open with the last of the socalled ‘Palatine’ Sonatas, a work of playful brilliance, and include K454, written in Vienna for the Mantuan violin virtuoso, Regina Strinasacchi.
Xavier Sabata countertenor; Armonia Atenea; George Petrou director, harpsichord
9 October 7.30pm
Armonia Atenea, equally at home on period and modern instruments, has flourished under George Petrou’s artistic leadership.
The ensemble returns to Wigmore Hall with Xavier Sabata and a programme coloured by spectacular vocal virtuosity. The Catalan countertenor’s Bad Guys album, a homage to Handel, was hailed by the Guardian as one of ‘the most intelligent and striking recital discs of recent years’.
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