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Elizabeth Watts Soprano Sholto Kynoch Piano Richard Straus Das Rosenband; Wir beide wollen springen; Morgen; Malven; Schlechtes Wetter; Cäcilie; Auf stillen Waldespfad Op. 9 No. 1 (piano solo) Rachmaninov Lilacs; Fragment from Musset; Son; Zdes Horosho; Ya zdhu tebya; Oni otvetchali; Kakoye schastye Grieg Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op. 65 No. 6 (piano solo) Britten Sweet Polly Oliver; O waly waly; Brisk Young Widow; Early one morning; Oliver Cromwell With a voice described by International Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation”, Elizabeth Watts is “now established as one of Britain’s leading sopranos” (The Guardian). A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Elizabeth makes frequent appearances at the Royal Opera House, the BBC Proms, and in recital at Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival. Her wide-ranging programme for Paxton with pianist Sholto Kynoch, director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, features a group of lush and romantic songs by Strauss and a selection of Britten’s inimitable folksong arrangements.“…refreshing and unfailingly engaging performances.” Gramophone Magazine Artist info: elizabethwattssoprano.com | sholtokynoch.com

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Lucy Gould Violin | Richard Lester Cello | Benjamin Frith Piano Beethoven Piano Trio in G, Op. 1 No. 2 Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 One of the finest Piano Trios performing worldwide today, the Gould bring a wonderful combination of pieces to Paxton. Beethoven wrote his Opus 1 set of piano trios in 1795, shortly after he moved to Vienna, and these engaging and genial works were enthusiastically received, earning the composer a healthy sum from sales of the music. Mendelssohn’s late 2nd piano trio not only retains the freshness of his youth but also captures his fascination with the music of both Bach and Beethoven.“…a musical fire that ignites from the first bar.” Washington Post Artist info: gouldpianotrio.com

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Colin Scobie & George Smith Violin | Elliott Perks Viola | Duncan Strachan CelloImogen Cooper Piano Roukens Visions at Sea (for string quartet) Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81 We are delighted to present an exciting ‘first’ as Imogen Cooper and the Maxwell Quartet combine to perform Antonin Dvořák’s grand Piano Quintet in A. Written in 1887 while the composer was on holiday in the Bohemian countryside and featuring one of the composer’s most irresistible folk-style tunes, the piece was an immediate popular success at its first performance. Joey Roukens’s Visions at Sea (2011) is an evocative and haunting “dream sea voyage” with “all kinds of ‘visions’ of the Dutch maritime past.” Fragments from sea shanties are quoted with echoes of other 17th century sounds, notably music by Sweelinck.“…brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” The Herald on The Maxwell Quartet Artist info: imogen-cooper.com | maxwellstringquartet.com

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Colin Scobie & George Smith Violin | Elliott Perks Viola | Duncan Strachan Cello Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74 No. 3 ‘Rider’ Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op. 74 ‘Harp’ Haydn’s Op. 74 quartets were composed in 1793, shortly after he had returned to Vienna from London, and the set of six are characterised by striking variations in dynamics and increasing virtuosity. Beethoven’s wonderful Op.74 quartet, which owes its nickname to a harp-like musical figure in the opening movement, finds the composer in his most relaxed mood.“…remarkable joy and energy [from] these Scottish musicians, ideal interpreters of Haydn’s mischievous jokes, sudden mood swings and lyrical ingenuity.” The Times Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com

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Elizabeth Watts Soprano Sholto Kynoch Piano Richard Straus Das Rosenband; Wir beide wollen springen; Morgen; Malven; Schlechtes Wetter; Cäcilie; Auf stillen Waldespfad Op. 9 No. 1 (piano solo) Rachmaninov Lilacs; Fragment from Musset; Son; Zdes Horosho; Ya zdhu tebya; Oni otvetchali; Kakoye schastye Grieg Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op. 65 No. 6 (piano solo) Britten Sweet Polly Oliver; O waly waly; Brisk Young Widow; Early one morning; Oliver Cromwell With a voice described by International Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation”, Elizabeth Watts is “now established as one of Britain’s leading sopranos” (The Guardian). A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Elizabeth makes frequent appearances at the Royal Opera House, the BBC Proms, and in recital at Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival. Her wide-ranging programme for Paxton with pianist Sholto Kynoch, director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, features a group of lush and romantic songs by Strauss and a selection of Britten’s inimitable folksong arrangements.“…refreshing and unfailingly engaging performances.” Gramophone Magazine Artist info: elizabethwattssoprano.com | sholtokynoch.com

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Lucy Gould Violin | Richard Lester Cello | Benjamin Frith Piano Beethoven Piano Trio in G, Op. 1 No. 2 Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 One of the finest Piano Trios performing worldwide today, the Gould bring a wonderful combination of pieces to Paxton. Beethoven wrote his Opus 1 set of piano trios in 1795, shortly after he moved to Vienna, and these engaging and genial works were enthusiastically received, earning the composer a healthy sum from sales of the music. Mendelssohn’s late 2nd piano trio not only retains the freshness of his youth but also captures his fascination with the music of both Bach and Beethoven.“…a musical fire that ignites from the first bar.” Washington Post Artist info: gouldpianotrio.com

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Colin Scobie & George Smith Violin | Elliott Perks Viola | Duncan Strachan CelloImogen Cooper Piano Roukens Visions at Sea (for string quartet) Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81 We are delighted to present an exciting ‘first’ as Imogen Cooper and the Maxwell Quartet combine to perform Antonin Dvořák’s grand Piano Quintet in A. Written in 1887 while the composer was on holiday in the Bohemian countryside and featuring one of the composer’s most irresistible folk-style tunes, the piece was an immediate popular success at its first performance. Joey Roukens’s Visions at Sea (2011) is an evocative and haunting “dream sea voyage” with “all kinds of ‘visions’ of the Dutch maritime past.” Fragments from sea shanties are quoted with echoes of other 17th century sounds, notably music by Sweelinck.“…brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” The Herald on The Maxwell Quartet Artist info: imogen-cooper.com | maxwellstringquartet.com

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Colin Scobie & George Smith Violin | Elliott Perks Viola | Duncan Strachan Cello Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74 No. 3 ‘Rider’ Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op. 74 ‘Harp’ Haydn’s Op. 74 quartets were composed in 1793, shortly after he had returned to Vienna from London, and the set of six are characterised by striking variations in dynamics and increasing virtuosity. Beethoven’s wonderful Op.74 quartet, which owes its nickname to a harp-like musical figure in the opening movement, finds the composer in his most relaxed mood.“…remarkable joy and energy [from] these Scottish musicians, ideal interpreters of Haydn’s mischievous jokes, sudden mood swings and lyrical ingenuity.” The Times Artist info: maxwellstringquartet.com

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