Coull String Quartet
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Tuesday 18 March 2014

Please note that this concert takes place at Christ Church, Keighley Road, Skipton, BD23 2AH. For details on the location, please visit the location page

The European Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble is a private orchestra initiative founded in 2006 in Cologne, Germany, which employs over 60 talented professional musicians from 18 nations. We welcome to Skipton a chamber ensemble of about ten players, including Pawel Zuzanski , violin, and Kirill Gusarov , trumpet.

Vivaldi Concerto di Parigi for strings and basso continuo in G minor, RV 157
Albinoni Concerto Saint Marc in E-flat Major, for trumpet and orchestra
Bach Concerto for violin and orchestra in A-minor, BWV 1041
Holst Suite for String Orchestra, Op.29 No.2, "Saint Paul's Suite"
Faure Pavane, Op.50
Greig Holberg Suite, Op.40

Seats for this concert are unreserved. Please phone 01756 799912 for tickets.

Kindly sponsored by Skipton Town Council.

Although entitled, 'European' this group embraces extra-European players, extending to South Korea.

They began with a Vivaldi Concerto which established their command of the Baroque style.

The sting of the harpsichord tone balanced the richness of the 'cellos and double bass to create a fine foundation for the dazzling playing from the upper strings.

The orchestra was joined by Kitill Gusarov for "The Trumpet Concerto Saint Marc" by Albinoni. The trumpet can often sound shrill or harsh, but Gusarov's playing was rich and velvety in the slow introduction and sparkled magically in the quick movement.

Bach's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor displayed the true excellence of the group. The phrasing removed any trace of mechanical repetition and each passage had a carefully honed purpose. Modulations were subtly pointed by inner parts and the whole music danced along turning simple scales into melodic events. The final Gigue was a triumph not only of technique but meticulous judgement of poise and interpretation.

The Baroque era gave way to the Twentieth Century in the second part of the programme via Holst's "St Paul's Suite for String Orchestra" which was followed by Faure's "Pavane" and finally Grieg's "Holberg Suite". This genre gave scope for their astonishing dynamic range coupled with subtle variations of tempi.

Kitill Gusarov re-joined the strings for a rollicking encore and the programme ended on a note of humour with the strings playing a Rondo version using the opening bars of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" interspersed with episodes of well known tunes. These players not only play together but they listen and play with each other, establishing unanimity between their national cultures. Perhaps we should give all UN ambassadors an instrument in order to create the atmosphere of the joyful concord we heard in this splendid final concert of the Skipton Music Season.

Adrienne Fox