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"...for warmth and intimacy and glorious surroundings, Llanfyllin can scarcely be beaten" - The Allegri Quartet

2005 Concert Programme

Our Chairman's Newsletter will give you some information about the background to the 2005 Festival.

This year saw the Llanfyllin debut of the Allegri's new first violin, Daniel Rowland. English-born, Daniel grew up in Holland, and studied with such luminaries as Igor Oistrakh and Ruggiero Ricci. He is presently concertmaster of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and guest leader of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestras.

Those who felt that 2004's splendid 50th Anniversary Reunion series was all too short were especially pleased that Peter Carter and Bruno Schrecker returned on the second weekend to play viola and 'cello respectively.

All of these concerts took place in St Myllin's Church.

Date

Programme

3rd June

Haydn Quartet Opus 76/2 'Emperor'
Shostakovich String Quartet No.3
Mendelssohn String Quartet Opus 13 in A minor

5th June

Purcell Three Fantazias
Mozart String Quartet in Eflat major, KV428
Beethoven String Quartet Opus 132

10th June

Haydn String Quartet Opus 20/4
Beethoven String Quartet Opus 18/4
Schubert String Quintet in C, D956

12th June

Mozart String Quintet in Bflat major, KV174
Brahms String Quartet Opus 51 in A minor
Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Opus 4


Newsletter - Llanfyllin Festival 2005

As you probably remember, Peter Carter retired as leader following the magnificent 2004 concerts in Llanfyllin last summer, when several long-retired Allegri members joined Peter Carter, Rafael Todes, Dorothea Vogel and Pal Banda for what some of our musically-keenest regular supporters called "the best concerts I've ever heard". In the intervening months he and the remaining three Allegri members have been extremely busy with meetings and auditions (in addition to their heavy concert schedule), and we can now announce that a new leader of the Allegri String Quartet as been chosen and secured. By all accounts he is good; very, very good.

His name is Daniel Rowland. A Londoner by birth, he was brought up in the Netherlands, where he studied with Davina van Wely and Viktor Liberman at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. He was a pupil also of Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and of Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

He won the Skene Award of the Aberdeen International Festival, and was awarded the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Foundation in Baden Baden for his interpretation of the Brahms Concerto. In 1995 he took first prize at the prestigious Oskar Back Competition at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Rowland made his concerto debut at the Concertgebouw in 1992, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, and has since returned on numerous occasions.

He has led the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam and the Ensemble Musik-Fabrik in Dusseldorf at many European festivals. He is currently concertmaster of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and frequently guest leads the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestras. Clearly he is a violinist of the first rank.

His violin is by Nicholas Lupot of Paris (1808), on loan from the Kersjes van de Groenekan collection of the National Musical Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam.

When Rafael Todes and I were talking about the new leadership and the 2005 programme, he said that when Peter Carter had heard Daniel Rowland's audition, his immediate response was "Get him!"

Obviously "the most respected Quartet in Britain" will have had their choice of some of the finest violinists in the world for their new leader, and from all we have heard, Daniel Rowland is absolutely extraordinary. Rafael also assures me that Daniel is entirely at home in the repertoire of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, which our audiences in Llanfyllin particularly enjoy.

I am especially looking forward to hearing Daniel lead the Schubert Quintet in C, a piece the Allegri have very much made their own over the years, and which invariably has left our audiences bathed in a warm, happy glow. As for Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Rafael, knowing our tastes in Llanfyllin, assures me that it is early, romantic Schonberg, with none of his "difficult" twelve-tone harmonies. In fact Verklärte Nacht was a favourite of my father's, and it was regularly heard in our house, off a stack of old 12-inch hard shellac 78s. It will be a nostalgic experience for me to hear it performed by Llanfyllin's "resident" musicians.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Victor Lane

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