Sat 19 Sept 8pm
Presented by Kate Molleson
Duration: approx. 75 mins
String Quintet in G minor, K516
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37 (arr. Vinzenz Lachner)
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Credit: Robin Mitchell
The practice of playing Beethoven’s piano concertos in arrangements for piano and string quartet or quintet was common in his lifetime. In this concert Roman Rabinovich is joined by five players from the SCO for a uniquely intimate performance of the Third Concerto whose dramatic first movement recalls the brooding tragedy of Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto K491. Time stands still in the sublime slow movement and the ebullient finale brings the concert to a joyous conclusion. Before it, one of the most profound works from the final chapter of Mozart’s life in chamber music: the G minor quintet is suffused with an often startlingly intense, sorrowful atmosphere that is finally dispelled in the elegant, entirely genial last movement – a tale of darkness giving way to light if ever there was one.
The whole concert was played [by Rabinovich] in an exceptionally cultivated way and with a high degree of technical finish . . . an evening of exceptional music making.
Holy Trinity stands on the site of a Franciscan friary (the original ‘Lamp of Lothian’ before that title passed to St Mary’s Church nearby) which was built here in the 13th Century. The friary was demolished in 1572, and almost two centuries later, in 1769, work was begun on a ‘qualified’ Anglican chapel which was finally consecrated as Holy Trinity in 1815. The present chancel was added and the interior remodelled in an attractive neo-Byzantine style in 1930.