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Metamorphoses is about to go on tour. We are very excited to bring our music all over England. Our marvellous pianist, Ilona Timchenko is undergoing a little “metamorphosis” of her own, and is expected to give birth at exactly the time we begin our February tour. For the reasons you can imagine, we will miss her on this February project but look forward to our concerts with her around Spain in March. Stepping in for our February tour is the brilliant young pianist, Elena Fischer- Dieskau, the grandaughter of the eminently famous baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. We look forward to making music with her.
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Many reviews of the debut CD by Metamorphoses came out, and we are thrilled to report that they were unanimously glowing! We were picked up on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review and got a lovely shout, and this review was just in The Herald. Album review: Metamorphoses Trios by Schumann, Smit, Mozart, and Francaix
For those who don’t know, one of my beloved chamber music ventures is a trio called “Metamorphoses” which has taken off very quickly! We are three musicians who call five countries home, bringing together our combined international experience to create an exciting chemistry. The performers are violist Roeland Jagers from the Netherlands, pianist Ilona Timchenko, a Russian living in Spain, and myself, an American (though now British too!) living in the UK playing clarinet. We have already had two fantastic tours around the Netherlands and we will very soon embark on our third.
Releasing our first album was a big deal for us. We gave CD presentations in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Paris so audiences could preview the music we recorded from five different countries. This album offers our listeners an interesting program of beautiful music, some of which that they may not have heard before. As a gift to you, we would like to invite you to have a listen to the bonus track from the album. We hope you enjoy the Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola by Rebecca Clarke.
As the name “Metamorphoses” suggests, our aim is to continuously evolve together through repertoire and through future collaborations with other artists be they musicians, actors, singers, or visual artists. While we will naturally perform the household works of Mozart and Schumann, we also seek to explore lesser-known works of outstanding quality, as well as commission new works for our virtuosic yet soulful ensemble. We have already compiled a list of hundreds of existing works to keep us busy for a long, long time. Have a look at our short film, hopefully we’ll be coming your way very soon. Follow us on Twitter! @Metamorph0ses
OTHER NEWS….Playing the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time at St. John’s Smith Square in London was an unforgettable experience. It was a privilege sharing the stage with James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, and Steven Osborne. We made a little movie to help with the marketing of the concert, but it came out rather nicely and so I’ll share it with you, here. If you don’t yet know Messiaen’s masterpiece, please seek it out. Messiaen wrote the quartet in a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, where it also received its first performance. Hearing this work, especially live, might just change your life.
Review of my Brahms and Rózsa album can be found HERE
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