A celebration of chamber music

Dane Coetzee, Petrus Coetzee, Azra Isaacs, Pieter Joubert and Eddie McLean
Dane Coetzee, Petrus Coetzee, Azra Isaacs, Pieter Joubert and Eddie McLean
Mark Cloete Photography

To celebrate its successful inaugural year the Cape Chamber Music Collective is presenting two programmes for different ensembles between 11 and 18 December at various venues in and around Cape Town.

The first is a programme of works for piano trio by Haydn, Debussy, Suk and Piazzolla, and then a programme of chamber music for string sextet by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

The piano trios will be performed by Cape Town’s leading musicians – Francois du Toit, Farida Bacharova and Graham du Plessis, all lecturers at the SA College of Music at UCT.

Haydn’s “Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major (Gypsy)” contains one of his best-known movements, the “Rondo all’Ongarese (Gypsy Rondo)”.

“The Piano Trio” by Claude Debussy, also in G Major, is a youthful work written when Debussy was 18 years old. Written in the French salon style, it is full of lyricism and many have described the piece over time as delightfully charming.

“Summer” from Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” is inspired by Vivaldi’s famous work. Originally scored for a quintet, it is presented here in an arrangement for piano trio.

The programme is rounded off with Josef Suk’s “Elegie Op. 23”, which was written for a memorial to Julius Zeyer, Bohemian novelist and writer of epic poetry.

The string sextet programme includes Brahms’ “String Sextet No.1 in B-flat major Op. 18” and Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D minor, Souvenir de Florence Op. 70.” The sextet comprises Jordan Brooks (violin), winner of the National Youth Music Competition 2019 and recent soloist with the CPO, with the CPO providing the remaining members of the sextet – Pieter Joubert (violin), Petrus Coetzee and Azra Isaacs (viola), Eddie McLean and Dane Coetzee (cello).

Performances will take place at the following venues:

  • Paarl: “Piano Trio” on Sunday 11 December at 16:00, Strooidak church, 163 Main Road, Hoog-En-Droog, Paarl. Tickets are R150.
  • Wellington: “String Sextet” on Saturday 17 December at 19:00 at Old Tannery, Hermon Road, Wellington. Tickets are R150 includes a free glass of wine.
  • Stellenbosch: “String Sextet” on Sunday 18 December at 19:00 at Old Nectar Gardens, Jonkershoek Valley. Tickets are R200/R50 students and includes a free glass of wine.

All tickets can be booked on Quicket via?www.capechambercollective.com.

The Cape Chamber Music Collective (CCMC) is a unique and innovative initiative with the aim of bringing high-class chamber music to established audiences and also to introduce classical music to new audiences. 
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