ENSEMBLE EPOMEO string trio
Diane Pascal violin David Yang viola Kenneth Woods cello
with Clare Hammond piano Peter Davison narrator
Music by Mahler & Beethoven, Dunphy and Keeling
The world-renowned Ensemble Epomeo are joined by young British pianist, Clare Hammond for a programme of engaging works, both old and new. It includes the 2013 commission from Philadelphia-based composer, Melissa Dunphy, a work which tells the story of one of America’s finest sail-ships and its remarkable captain, Samuel Samuels. Racing from New York to Liverpool in just over 13 days, The Dreadnought was the fastest three-masted clipper ever to cross the Atlantic. To a text written and narrated by Peter Davison, Dunphy’s music weaves traditional sea shanties around the spoken word. There is also a lyrical piano quartet by British composer, Andrew Keeling, combining dynamic rhythm and beautiful melody, as well as a rare early work by Mahler and a delightful early Serenade by Beethoven.
P R O G R A M M E
Gustav Mahler: Piano quartet, movement in A minor (1876)
Melissa Dunphy (b.1980): Captain Samuels speaks to the sea (2012)
a setting of an original text by Peter Davison for string trio and narrator
Andrew Keeling (b.1955): Piano quartet – Reclaiming Eros (2000)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for violin, viola & cello in E flat, Op.3 (1794)
About the artists
Ensemble Epomeo was founded in 2008 at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival (Italy), string trio Ensemble Epomeo (Diane Pascal – violin; David Yang – viola; Kenneth Woods – cello) is fast rising to the upper echelon of international chamber groups. Inaugural tours saw them performing in Italy, the UK and the USA, with broadcasts on New England Public Radio and WKCR Columbia University in New York where they were the subject of a 3 hour special showcase concert. Ensemble Epomeo has developed vibrant collaborations with leading festivals including the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival (USA), Two Rivers Festival (England), and Scotia Festival (Canada) and they have been Ensemble-in Residence at St. Thomas University (Canada).
Passionate advocates for the music of our time, Ensemble Epomeo has commissioned new works by composers Jay Reise, Kamyar Mohajer, Andrew Keeling, Donald Fraser, Victoria Bond, Kile Smith, Melissa Dunphy, Kenneth Woods, Philip Sawyers, James Primosch. The trio take their name from the legendary volcano Mount Epomeo on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, where they gave their debut performance in 2008 at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival performing Schnittke’s String Trio, a work with which they have become closely identified.
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and is developing a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). In 2014 she gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw, world premieres of works by 10 composers, and three broadcasts for BBC Radio.
An active chamber musician, Hammond has worked with the Brodsky, Endellion, Badke, Dante and Piatti Quartets and in duos with Andrew Kennedy, Jennifer Pike, Philippe Graffin and Lawrence Power. She is a member of the Odysseus Piano Trio alongside violinist Sara Trickey and cellist Gregor Riddell. Hammond also co-curated and managed the festival ‘Panufnik 100: a family celebration’ with the Brodsky Quartet at Kings Place in London which was hailed as the “culmination of this year’s Andrzej Panufnik centenary” (The Telegraph).
Peter Davison is the narrator for the evening. He is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Two Rivers Festival, and also Artistic Consultant to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall; a position he has held since the venue opened in 1996. He has an M. Phil in musicology from the University of Cambridge, specialising in the music of Gustav Mahler. His booklet about Mahler, Wrestling with Angels, was issued to accompany The Bridgewater Hall’s acclaimed Mahler symphony cycle in 2010. He is also an occasional poet, writer, presenter and cultural commentator, editing a controversial collection of essays on contemporary music, Reviving the Muse, published by Claridge Press.
- Recently tuned concert standard grand piano
- Stands and chairs for the ensemble
- PA system depending on the size of venue