Timothy Ridout | Frank Dupree

Beethoven | Schumann | Bowen

Thu, 20.08. | 12.15 | No. 20311


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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Debut 1 ─ CANCELLED

    Timothy Ridout | Frank Dupree

    Timothy Ridout  viola
    Frank Dupree  piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17. Arranged for viola by Rudolph Leopold
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
    York Bowen (1884–1961)
    Sonata for viola and piano No. 1 in C minor, Op. 18

    As a solo instrument, the viola has long led a shadowy existence. It was not thought to be capable of playing virtuoso passages and has instead been ridiculed as the butt of jokes. Jokes like those told by the conductor Hans Knappertsbusch: “The viola is as superfluous as the Pope’s privates.” What a mistake that is! This will be impressively demonstrated by the British violist Timothy Ridout. Born in 1995, he won the Lionel Tertis and Cecil Aronowitz Competitions and was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2019. On his Lucerne debut, he makes up for the lack of older repertoire by performing an arrangement of Beethoven’s magnificent Horn Sonata. From the start, Robert Schumann, who originally conceived his Op. 73 Fantasy Pieces for clarinet, allowed for alternative versions featuring strings. The C minor Sonata, which Ridout’s fellow countryman York Bowen composed in 1906, is the one piece here written originally for the viola and contains voluptuous, romantic music that shows off this distinct-sounding instrument in the very best light.