Celebrating David Matthews

Posted on February 22nd, 2010 by

The most relaxed traveller among composers! Matthews en route to Italy, 2007. Photo: Richard Bram

This week, we will be celebrating the chamber music of the David Matthews. This coincides with the release of the first volume of the complete quartets, which the Kreutzer Quartet is recording for the Toccata Label.

There will be two events:

Friday 26th February 6 pm-CD Launch Event

David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music NW15Ht

Kreutzer Quartet, Chris Redgate-Oboe

David Matthews in music and conversation. Admission Free

Sunday February 28th-6 pm David Matthews, Mozart and David Gorton

also at the Academy: Exhibit. David Matthews-the composer’s hand

 David Matthews has one of the most expressive and elegant musical handwriting of any composer. A small exhibit of letters, scores, sketches and parts linked to his works for string instruments. This can be found at the foot of the stairwell in the Main Building.

Manuscript of Matthews' 'The Two Cuckoos' from 'Four Australian Birds'. This was premiered by PSS, and dedicated to the great musicologist Wilfred Mellers, for his 90th Birthday.

Wilton’s Music Hall (Pre-concert talk at 530pm)

Kreutzer Quartet, Chris Redgate-Oboe

We are delighted to welcome back one of the great innovators of the oboe today, Chris Redgate. He will be joining us in a performance of Matthews’ astonishing scena, Marysyas. This dramatic work depicts the fatal duel between the upstart faun, Marsyas and the God of Music, Apollo. 

With this we will be playing Mozart’s astonishing last three quartets, dedicated to the King of Prussia, K575, 589, 590.

This concert also includes the premiere of a new caprice by David Gorton, dedicated to the Art Historian, Simon Shaw-Miller.

David Matthews-Ranz des Vaches

Fugue 15