Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Bach two violins and keyboard

 All Bach - Tuesday, February 27th, 6pm

Three talented Thai musicians

Anna Takeda, violin



Kasina Ansvananda, violin

and

Akkra Yeunyonghattaporn, keyboards


plays 

Works for violins and keyboard 

of 

JS Bach

Tuesday, February 2nd, 6pm

Sonata for violin and harpsichord no. 3 BWV 1016
Sonata for violin and harpsichord no. 4 BWV 1017 
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043  
Sonata in C major for 2 Violins, BWV 1037 

With violin and harpsichord

Earlier this month we heard the six solo violin sonatas and partitas of JS Bach. The sonatas for keyboard and violin are much lighter, jolly, easy-listening music. The Double Concerto in D minor is one of Bach's most well known works. 

The musicians are all overseas educated and among the best in Thailand. Anna studied at Manhatten School of Music. She has performed twice at Eelswamp. Kasina studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and Akkra studied at McGill and John Hopkins music schools in the US. I have heard all of the musicians both at Eelswamp and in Bangkok. They are all excellent.

Reservations:  1000 Baht Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellation: credit will be offered in the event of cancellation due to sickness. If you are feeling sick on the day of the concert, please don't come. No credit will be offered if you have a change of plans. 

Etiquette: Please turn phones to silent mode and put them away during the performance. 

No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. 

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Bach Six for Solo Violin

February 2nd and February 4th 

Highly esteemed Czech violinist

Leoš Čepicky


First prize and Laureate at the Jaroslav Kocian International Violin Competition
  Winner and Laureate of the Beethoven International Violin Competition, Hradec
First prize at the Prague Spring Competition in 1988 and 
Winner International String Quartet Competition, London in 1991, chaired by Menuhin

plays 

The six works for solo violin

of 

JS Bach

"...the most masterly and expressive works ever written for solo violin" Menuhin

"the pinnacle of the entire violin repertoire" Jacques-André Houle

in two sessions

Friday, February 2nd, 6pm 

The Sonatas

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

Sunday, February 4th, 6pm

The Partitas

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006


The six works for solo violin of JS Bach are one the pinnacles of his creative output and one of the greatest challenges for a violinist. They are not merely technical challenges, but explore the greatest depths of passion and soulfulness of Bach's music. Menuhin recorded the set in his teens. The collection is one of the most famous sets in recording history. He described the music as "...the most masterly and expressive works ever written for solo violin".


Leoš Čepicky
(pronounced Leosh Chepisky) is a highly respected Czech violinist. He is one of the founders of the Wihan Quartet which has recorded over 40 CDs and is described by International Record Review as "one of the best quartets in the world today". The quartet won the prestigious International String Quartet Competition chaired by Menuhin.
Leos has recorded the Bach Six on Chandos label. We are very fortunate to have this eminent violinist come to perform for us - only at Eelswamp!

Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellation: credit will be offered in the event of cancellation due to sickness. If you are feeling sick on the day of the concert, please don't come. No credit will be offered if you have a change of plans. 

Etiquette: Please turn phones to silent mode and put them away during the performance. 

No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. 

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps.


Sunday, December 24, 2023

Gugnin 10th Anniversary Orbit

 Friday January 12th and Sunday 14th at 6pm

Andrey Gugnin, piano

10-year anniversary visit to Eelswamp


Winner 2023 International German Piano Award


and

Winner of 2014 Gina Bachauer Competition
Winner of 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition
Winner Instrumental Award, BBC Music Magazine Awards, 2020

"Gugnin’s new disc is nothing short of disarming. This is some of the finest Liszt-playing one is likely to encounter these days..." — Gramophone Magazine

"An all-Shostakovich triumph from pianist Andrey Gugnin" Classical-music.com and recording of the month

"Gugnin's nervy, energised and involved playing... made him the clear winner." - Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald 24 July 2016

"What really impressed was Gugnin’s assurance – his absorbed, crystalline playing – so by the cadenza ... you were beguiled by a flawless technique." David Truslove, Classicalsource.com, commenting on the LPO performance, January 2018


Friday, January 12th, 6pm: 'Classic Piano' Competition program. 

Andrey's repertoire for the Classic Piano Competition to be held in Dubai in February.

Bach  Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 in F major 
Chopin  Étude Op. 10 No. 8
Scriabin  Étude Op. 65 No. 3 
Liszt Spanish Rhapsody
Beethoven  Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 “À Thérèse” 
Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op. 15 
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka 


Sunday, January 14th, 6pm

Rachmaninov selection of preludes from op. 23 and 32.
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev The Nutcracker Suite
Carl Vine, Piano Sonata no. 2
Mozart 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K.573 
Stravinsky/Agosti The Firebird



Andrey Gugnin
 has a special relationship with Eelswamp. He was the first musician whom I invited from overseas, performing in March 2014. He has visited us almost annually since then. This will be the tenth anniversary of his first visit to Eelswamp. During those years, we have seen Andrey's career skyrocket, winning three prestigious international competitions, releasing numerous CDs on Hyperion and Steinway and Sons labels. Most recently, Andrey won the 2023 German Piano Award.

Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: Please turn to silent mode and put your phone away during the performance. 

No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. 

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

  Ilya plays Beethoven and Schubert

Friday, December 15th 

and 

Sunday December 17th


Ilya Kondtratiev
International prize winner
Beethoven Medal winner
 and 
Piano Professor at Royal College of Music, London

Friday, December 15th, 6pm

A bit of Bach but mostly Beethoven

Bach: Concerto for Keyboard in D minor BWV974 (after Marcello's Oboe Concerto)  

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 16 in G major, op.31 no.1

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 18 in E flat, op. 31 no.3 (The Hunt)

Sunday, December 17th, 6pm

Mostly Schubert 

Prokofiev: Sonata no. 1 in F minor op. 1

Schubert: Sonata in A minor D.784

Schubert: Sonata in A minor D.845




Russian-British pianist, Ilya Kondratiev is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. He has won numerous prizes in international competitions, notably the Weimar Liszt and the Budapest Liszt Competitions. Ilya has also won the Beethoven Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. 

Ilya is currently Piano Professor at the Royal College of Music, in London. Ilya is a frequent visitor to Eelswamp. His performances are always a high point of the year. 

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two

Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of illness. Please contact Helen if you are sick.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Both Bolt and Grab will get you here.


Saturday, June 17, 2023

Pro Musica Quartet: Back to Haydn and Mozart

 


Pro Musica Quartet

Plays Haydn and Mozart

Friday, July 14th, 6pm




Leo Phillips Violin
Jirajet Jetsadachet Violin
Tasana Nagavajara Viola
Hut Wongwechwiwat Cello

Middle period works of Mozart and Haydn

Haydn String Quartet no 40, op.50 no. 5 'The Dream'
Haydn String Quartet no 41, op.50 no. 6 'The Frog'
Mozart String Quartet in no. 15 D minor, K421



This is the second round of Haydn and Mozart Quartets to be played at Eelswamp. Last year we had early quartets. This year we will hear middle period works. From Haydn we will hear two of the six opus 50 quartets; the two with silly nicknames 'Dream' and 'Frog'. Both follow the fast, slow, minuet, fast structure. Both have exquisite slow movements and exciting finales.


Mozart's D minor quartet is the second of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn. This is one of Mozart's most popular quartets, written in four movements. It begins with a rather dark and mysterious first movement and ends with a sophisticated set of variations.

The program has a fine balance: two light and exuberant Haydn quartets and one dark and serious work of Mozart. Book now by emailing asiachart(at)hotmail.com.


Reservations: 1,000 baht per person by email (asiachart(at)hotmail.com). All proceeds to the musicians. 

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged eight years and older may attend the concert depending on the suitability of the program. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of illness. Please don't come if you're feeling sick.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Bolt Taxi service to Eelswamp: Just enter "Eelswamp" in the destination box.


Monday, May 8, 2023

Friday June 2nd and Sunday June 4th



Alexandre Vay, cello and Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano

Sixth visit to Eelswamp

Friday, June 2nd, 6pm

All Beethoven


The two late period cello sonatas op.102: Cello Sonatas no. 4 in C major and 5 in D major  

and the three sets of variations for cello and piano:

1. Variations in E flat major on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen' by Mozart

2.  Variations in G major on a Theme from 'Judas Maccabaeus' by Handel 

and

3. Variations in F major on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' by Mozart 

Sunday, June 4th, 6pm

Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorak

Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style (5 Stücke im Volkston), Op.102 

Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major op.58

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104,, transcribed for piano and cello by Dvorak himself

 

Alexandre Vay and Dimitri Papadopoulos were regular visitors to Eelswamp before covid. They are returning after a four year absence. This will be their sixth visit. The two French musicians have been playing together since Conservatory days in Lyon. Alexandre is co-soloist in the Munich Radio Orchestra. Dimitri is 'Professeur' at Geneva Conservatory. Alexandre and Dimitri performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonata and Variation cycle in 2014 at Eelswamp and joined Tasana on many occasions to play piano trios.

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two in the same series. 

Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and may select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.