11 Apr Leo Popplewell: Bach Rediscovered
Sunday 21 July 2019, 8.30pm
Cambridge American Cemetery
Leo Popplewell cello
arr. Sally Beamish El Cant del Ocells (Song of the Birds)
Stephen Dodgson Partita
Elliott Carter Figment
JS Bach Suite No.6 in D major
Rising star Leo Popplewell is already an experienced recitalist with numerous awards to his name. As an alumnus of Clare College, Cambridge, he is particularly delighted to be performing in this year’s Festival. He writes about the programme: ‘My idea was to explore the influence of Bach on twentieth-century solo cello repertoire. Stephen Dodgson’s Partita from 1985 draws upon Bach’s language through the lens of Benjamin Britten, whose three suites from the latter half of the twentieth century form a staple of the modern cello repertoire.
Renowned for his prowess in musical invention, Bach’s motivic efficiency is explored in Elliott Carter’s Figment from 1994, a six-minute work encompassing a vast range of musical colours whilst based thematically on a single musical idea.’ The recital takes place in the atmospheric setting of the memorial building at Cambridge’s American Cemetery on Madingley Hill.
Tickets: £16 (students, children and unwaged £12) including booking fee
PRIORITY BOOKING for friends from May 1st. General sale opens May 14th