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Performer: Matthew Hunt

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ChichesterChichester Chamber Concert - Matthew Hunt & Friends

Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen
Matthew Hunt; Alina Ibragimova; Louise Hopkins; Alasdair Beatson

BremenThe Joys of Discovery

Tüür, Bruch, Mendelssohn
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Paavo Järvi; Matthew Hunt; Nils Mönkemeyer
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An auspicious start to the Pavel Haas Quartet's Birmingham residency

Pavel Haas Quartet © Marco Borggreve
The Czech Pavel Haas Quartet bring their distinctive sound and selfless musicianship to Birmingham, in the first of three concerts featuring Matthew Hunt in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet alongside twentieth century quartets.
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Thomas Adès and friends shine at Milton Court

Thomas Adès  ©  Maurice Foxall
Despite the frequency with which the two composers are compared, Thomas Adès’ music seldom sounds very much like that of Benjamin Britten. But Adès has an uncanny knack of performing Britten’s music in such a way that it resembles his own.
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Three Pieces from 1918 at the Cheltenham Music Festival

Stephen Isserlis  ©  Satoshi Aoyagi
Red, white and blue bunting, with matching lighting, adorned the balconies of Cheltenham Town Hall, setting a patriotic scene for a concert of music from the year that World War I ended. Television presenter Julia Somerville opened the evening sat at a vintage newsdesk with her own careful research, for which she can be highly commended.
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Back to 1915: Kraggerud, Isserlis and more at the Cheltenham Music Festival

Henning Kraggerud  ©  Robert Romik
The concert opened with BBC newsreader Julia Somerville, summarising news from the year 1915 at an old-fashioned broadcasting desk complete with microphone. It was informative, and set the scene for this recital, one in a series of ‘time capsule’ concerts, solely featuring music composed in 1915 – including two of Debussy’s last chamber pieces.
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