Beautiful pieces named for Swindon Recital Series concert

By Barrie Hudson - 1 February 2023

Arts and Culture
  • Acclaimed violist Carmen Flores

    Acclaimed violist Carmen Flores

The Swindon Recital Series Lunchtime Concert in March will continues the overall theme of Bohemian Rhapsodies.

There will be  with compositions by Bruch, Clarke and Brahms.

Viola player Carmen Flores and pianist Paul Turner will appear at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday, 22 March at 1.05pm. 

Bruch’s Romance Op.85 is described as richly tuneful and lyrical, a deeply satisfying work that leaves its audience feeling relaxed and cosy.  

A spokesperson for the series said: "The piece is said to be one of his most outstandingly beautiful creations.  

"Less well-known than Bruch, Rebecca Clarke was born and grew up in England.  She ‘broke the rules’ – a very Bohemian trait – as one of the first female player/composers of the early 20th Century.  

"She was a pioneering advocate of the viola and her stunning and exuberant Sonata for Viola and Piano is a masterpiece, moving between calm, melancholy and emotional turmoil. 

"Brahms needs no introduction, a composer for whom gipsy music was a continual source of joy and creative inspiration.  His Hungarian Dances are among his most popular works – and the most profitable for him."

Carmen Flores has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and has been featured on several BBC Radio broadcasts, including Radio 3’s In Tune.  

She has put together this programme of both well-known and lesser-known compositions and will be accompanied by Paul Turner.

Mr Turner is an Honours graduate and an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where his many prizes and awards culminated in the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize. 

Standard tickets for the performance are priced at £7 plus an administration fee of 50 pence.  Student tickets are £3; accompaniedchildren aged 14 and under will be admitted without charge.  


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