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The excerpts in the playlist above, are from a selection of CD's recorded by the Gaudier Ensemble for the Hyperion Records. Click here to see a full list of the Gaudier Ensemble's Hyperion recordings - click on the CD covers for links to the Hyperion Web Site.
The Gaudier Ensemble is a group of outstanding European musicians who come together to perform and record the chamber music repertoire for wind, strings and piano, bringing with them an international outlook and style.
Its members, whos photos are displayed below, have distinguished themselves as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral principals now working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia and Nordeutsche Rundfunk orchestra.
|Christoph Marks (cello)||Douglas Boyd (oboe)||Iris Juda (viola)||Jamie Martin (flute)|
A two year residency at Kettle's Yard in the University of Cambridge enabled them to develop their repertoire and establish their distinctive musical identity, before going on to forge an international concert and recording career.
In June 1989 the Gaudier Ensemble made their London debut at the Wigmore Hall and Anthony Payne of the Independent, concluded that theirs was 'chamber music playing of the very highest order'. In 1990, their recording of the Schubert Octet was recommended as first choice by David Murray on the BBC Radio 3 feature Building a Library, and subsequently featured as a Record of the Week by both the BBC World Service and the Sunday Times.
|Jonathan Williams (horn||Lesley Hatfield (violin)||Marieke Blankestijn (violin)||Richard Hosford (clarinet)|
Their growing reputation was confirmed by Andrew Clements of the 'Financial Times' who placed them firmly 'in the first rank of chamber groups', and in 1993 their recording of the Beethoven Septet and Sextet was hailed as 'first rate on all counts' by Gramophone.
The Gaudier Ensemble's regular tours include appearances in major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe. In the UK these have included the Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Festivals, the Wigmore Hall, and BBC Lunchtime Concerts from St John's Smith Square,the Wigmore Hall and St George's, Brandon Hill.
|Robin O'Neill (bassoon)||Susan Tomes (piano)||Stephen Williams (double bass)|
In Holland they have played in the Rotterdam Schubertiade and the Chamber Music series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in Germany in the Hannover Gesellschaft fur Neue Musikls Hommage fur Gubaidalina Festival (broadcast live by Nord Deutsche Rundfunk) and the Schleswig Holstein and Niedersachsen Festivals
In July 1991 they inaugurated their own annual chamber music festival in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, and in 1997 started another annual Festival in Leersum, Holland.
In 1991 the Gaudier Ensemble proposed that an annual music festival be organised in the West Dorset village of Cerne Abbas (famed for the Cerne Abbas Giant), which is close to the family home of Richard Hosford. The suggestion was taken up with enthusiasm in the village and the first Cerne Abbas Music Festival took place in July 1991.
The primary focus of the programme was on chamber music by the classical composers, but also included twentieth century works.
The Festival has been extremely successful from its first year and is now the centrepiece of the Gaudier's calendar. Cerne Abbas is particularly proud of its association with the group. Members of the Ensemble stay in private houses in the village during the Festival week and the village church, St Mary's, is the venue for the concerts with stage and numbered seating arranged specially for the Festival.
The original musical formula has been retained to offer a mix of the contemporary and the classical. In 2002, for example, the programme contained works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach, Quantz, Bottesini, Dohnanyi, Dvorak, Messiaen, Strauss, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.
The Festival Friends are a major force behind the continued success of the Festival. Friends have priority booking for all future Festival events and receive a biannual newsletter giving information about the Gaudier Ensemble's activities throughout the year. Sue Foulser is the Friends Secretary and is happy to respond to enquiries about membership. She can be contacted at:-
The Festival Office, The Dairy House, 7 Barton Farm, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, DT2 7LF
The Gaudier Ensemble's other recordings, include the Spohr Octet and Nonet, the Piano and String Quintets of Dvorak, two discs of works by Berwald and a recording of works by Jean Francaix all recorded for Hyperion Records.
More recent discs of Johann Strauss Dances and works by Mozart were released in 2000 and 2001, again for Hyperion and their second recording of the Schubert octet came out in early 2003 to great critical acclaim. Recordings of Mozart Divertimenti and Piano Concerti (with pianist Susan Tomes) were released in late 2003, again receiving outstanding notices. Their most recent recordings feature works by Weber and Beethoven.
Gaudier Ensemble's web profile was last updated 29th Oct 2017
Quartet in E flat for piano and wind
Piano trio No 2 in F minor
Grand Septet in B flat major
Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor
Duo in D major for piano and violin
Septet in E flat major
Sextet in E flat major
Piano Quintet in A major Opus 81
String Quintet in G major Opus 77
Octet, Clarinet Quintet, Divertissement
and L'Heure de Berger
Nonet in F major
Octet in E major
Oboe Quartet in F major
Horn Quintet in E flat major
Quintet Movement in F major
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat major
Octet in F major D.803
Divertimenti K 247 & K 334
Piano Concertos 11, 12 & 13
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major J182
Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor J259
Piano Quartet in B flat major J76
Trio in B flat major Op 11 for clarinet, cello and piano
Quintet in E flat major Op 16 for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
Serenade in D major Op 25 for flute, violin and viola
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