The 2021 City Summer Sounds festival launches with two masterpieces of Romantic chamber music, played by the resident City Pierrot Ensemble, directed by Dr Ian Pace.
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Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (1856-61)
Gabriel Fauré, Piano Quintet no. 2 in C minor, op. 115 (1919-21)
Ian Pace, piano
Madeleine Mitchell, violin
Gordon MacKay, violin
Bridget Carey, viola
Joseph Spooner, cello
The City Pierrot Ensemble is built around an outstanding core of musicians working at the Department of Music at City, including some who played in the earlier ensembles, The Pierrot Players and The Fires of London.
The ensemble gave its debut performance in 2017 with Schoenberg's epochal expressionist song cycle Pierrot Lunaire (with guest soloists Alwynne Pritchard and Adam de la Cour), alongside the rarely heard theatre piece by Michael Finnissy, Mr Punch, and Roger Redgate's Pierrot on the Stage of Desire.
They are resident at the Department, where their subsequent performances have included explorations of the late chamber music of Debussy, Berg, Webern and Zemlinsky, overlooked works by French composers Jolivet, Schmitt and Milhaud, and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.