Concert 7 - Wednesday 13 April 2016 Print

CRAIG OGDEN  Guitar

CARDUCCI QUARTET

Boccherini  Quintet for guitar in D major. No.4 'Fandango' 

"a worthy successor to Julian Bream"

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 

 

 

Mozart String Quartet in Bb major, K458 'The Hunt'
Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintet for guitar, Op.143

"what this music needs is zip and verve, and Craig Ogden and the Carduccis have an abundance of these."

CHRIS RAMSDEN

and Guitar solos
 

 

Craig Ogden was born in Australia but has been based in UK since 1990. He is considered one of the world's finest classical guitarists: in December 2004, he was honoured by the RNCM with a Fellowship in recognition of his achievements.

 

The Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today's most successful string quartets. As international competition winners, their playing combines 'high octane playing with devil-may-care spontaneity'.


The collaboration of Craig and the Carducci enables us to hear two guitar quintets, of which that by Castelnuovo-Tedesco is both tuneful and charming – and a first for Ilkley! The evening also features Craig in guitar solos and the Carducci in the fourth of Mozart's string quartets dedicated to Haydn.

 

Concert review

 

 

Spring in the Air at the Ilkley Concert Club

 

If the weather was not ideally spring-like, the concert was full of vernal promise, both in the programme and its playing. The fourth Boccherini Guitar Quintet is famous for its lively Fandango finale and this was played with folksy abandon, cellist Emma Denton doubling expertly on castanets. The composer was himself a virtuoso cellist and the many high-wire challenges he presented her with were enthusiastically overcome, guitarist Craig Ogden equally relishing his contribution.

 

 

Craig left the stage for the Quartet to play Mozart's 'Hunt' Quartet. This was played con amore, but using a surprisingly wide dynamic range, no effete chocolate-box Mozart here. The composer was a viola-player and wrote lovingly for the instrument; violist Eion Schmidt-Martin made the most of his part as did violinist Matthew Denton whose beautiful tone and fine musicianship led the ensemble.

 

 

Then came Craig's solo spot. He talked engagingly about the pitfalls for non-guitarists such as Walton of writing for his instrument and then gave a marvellous performance of the typically characterful and lively-minded Five Bagatelles to show how brilliantly the composer had responded to the challenge. For this he sat front-stage, his un-plugged sound projecting fully.

 

 

Joined by the quartet he returned to his position at the rear, and now using discreet amplification could make a full contribution to the ensemble, something visiting harpsichordists could well emulate! The Guitar Quintet written in 1950 by American émigré composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco is not regular repertoire and the quartet had to learn it specially for this concert. This 'modern-music-without-tears' deserves to be better known and these players' advocacy should surely aid the process. It's beautifully crafted, all five players sharing the limelight, giving second violin Michelle Fleming a chance to shine. The unexpected vociferous audience response elicited a hastily contrived Fandango encore.

 

 

Finally, spare a thought for the pressured lives these young players lead. I encountered the cellist after the concert; off to her car for a four-hour drive home and the school-run in the morning. Such resilience!
G.K.

 

 

The following recordings were recommended in the concert programme

 

Boccherini

 

Pepe Romero (guitar) and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble perform 8 Boccherini Guitar Quintets, including "Fandango" and "La Retirata di Madrid", on a well recorded Decca 2 disc budget set (438 769-2). Should you prefer the work on "period" instruments, there is a very cheap Brilliant Classics 2 disc set of 7 Guitar Quintets with Eros Roselli (guitar) and La Magnifica Communità (92892). The recording dates from 2005 and the sound quality is good.

 

Mozart

 

The excellent Jerusalem Quartet, with a fine sounding recording, made in 2010 of 3 Mozart Quartets, K.458, K.157 and K.589, are on a full price Harmonia Mundi CD (HMC 902076). As a budget alternative, on Apex 0927 40828 2, the Alban Berg Quartet play K.458 "Hunt" and K.465 "Dissonance". The late analogue recording sounds fine.

 

Castelnuovo-Tedesco

 

A full price Praga Digital SACD (PRD/DSD 290295) entitled "Spain Through Strings" has Miriam Rodriguez Brüllova (guitar) with the Zemlinsky Quartet performing the Quintet. Works by Arriaga, Torina and Toldá complete the disc, which is playable on all CD and SACD players. Those with access to the internet should be able to find the deleted RCA CD (RD 60421), featuring Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar) with the Tokyo String Quartet, at a much reduced price. The disc, with excellent performances, has this Quintet and the Boccherini Guitar Quintet included..

 

Raymond Waud.

 

Club Notes for this Concert

 

HONORARY TREASURER
I am very pleased to tell you that ICC Member Donald Williams has volunteered to become our Honorary Treasurer when Bob Ryan retires at the end of this season. He has excellent experience for the job. He writes "I am a retired Chartered Accountant, though no longer a member of the Institute as I resigned a few years after my retirement. I had a spell working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse [a charity] on the finance and general management I am currently a director for the Clarke Foley Centre, a charity in Ilkley, with specific responsibilities for the finances." He will join the Committee immediately as a co-opted member and will stand for election in our November AGM.

 

OUR MUSICAL "COUSINS"
Wharfedale Recorded Music Society welcomes New Members and occasional Visitors. Now in it's 72nd Season, it meets at St. John's Church Hall at 7.45pm on Wednesdays between September and May excepting Concert Club days. Join like-minded people to listen to and enjoy excellent CDs of great music on superb equipment. Each season they have outstanding Visiting Speakers and Audio-Visual presentations, as well as programmes by their own members.

For more information please phone 01943 601538, see their Season Brochure at wharfedalerecordedmusic.ilkley.org or pick up infor-mation in the Winter Garden on ICC concert days.

Why Cousins? As with Ilkley Concert Club, David Pyett was in at the beginning of the Wharfedale Recorded Music Society. In WW2 a group of officers met in a cold room in Ilkley to play 78s with the schoolboy David Pyett operating the wind-up gramophone. As with the Concert Club, David has been the major influence in the development of the Society—both organisations have the common aim to increase our pleasure in music and develop our knowledge.

 

NEXT CONCERT—ANGELA HEWITT
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