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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Bruch & Muhly

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Discover Bruch's String Octet and Nico Muhly’s Clear Music, a virtuosic piece for cello, harp and celeste inspired by the music of John Taverner.

In a programme of two distinctive works, the Philharmonia Chamber Players first present Nico Muhly's Clear Music, which grows out of a tiny isolated moment – Muhly describes it as an 'exploration of a single measure' – from John Taverner’s motet Mater Christi Sanctissima. Enjoy the shifting soundscapes, as the tender cello opening bursts into life with biting rhythms, underpinned by harp and celeste, showcasing their full range of expression. Over nine minutes, Clear Music builds in intensity from delicate chimes to powerful, soaring melodies.

Bruch's String Octet blends the infectious excitement of his much-loved orchestral works, such as the Violin Concerto, with the intimacy of a small chamber setting. Led from the outset by a beautiful violin melody, the music travels through moments of drama, virtuosity and mischief. The two outer movements frame a sombre, chorale-like second movement, before allowing the sunshine to return in a jubilant finale.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.


Fabrizio Falasca violin
Eleanor Wilkinson violin
Eunsley Park violin
Jan Regulski violin
Nicholas Bootiman viola
William Bender viola
Deirdre Cooper cello
Christian Geldsetzer double bass
Heidi Krutzen harp
celeste to be announced


Nico Muhly: Clear music for cello, harp & celeste
Bruch: Octet in B flat for strings, Op. posth.

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Royal Festival Hall



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Xian Zhang conducts two equally characterful works in the evening performance at 7.30pm – Alina Pogostkina performs Brahms’ radiant Violin Concerto, while the full might of the Orchestra is deployed in Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
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