artistry beyond the notes…

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Education Project

We’re looking forward to our forthcoming 2-day education project around Mozart’s chamber music and arrangements for the Peterborough Music Education Hub at the end of April. We’ll be looking at sonata form; early strings, wind and keyboard instruments; how to compose minuets and trios; the 8-year old Mozart in London; the “Kegelstatt” Trio; and the “Gran’ Partita” in a fantastic quintet arrangement from 1805.

Gran partita

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Mozart (and friends) in Manchester

DeNOTE’s recent concert in the splendid new concert hall of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester explored Viennese Quartets for piano, clarinet and strings by Mozart, Hummel and Beethoven. It coincided with the arrival of pre-release copies of our brand new Beethoven and the art of Arrangement CD and included the Op.16 Piano Quartet (the composer’s own arrangement of his Quintet for Piano and Winds).

CC5007 Beethoven CD

What a fantastic place to perform! Many thanks to the wonderful Michelle Castelletti, the RNCM’s Artistic Director for inviting DeNOTE.

The following day, Jane Booth and John Irving stayed on to do a clarinet masterclass for RNCM students and a lecture-recital on Mozart’s piano sonatas and the art of improvisation.

Some pictures from the rehearsal below (just check out the energy of that violinist!!!):



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New Beethoven CD!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new CD: Beethoven and the art of Arrangement.

The recording explores two Beethoven self-arrangements: the Trio, Op.38 for clarinet, cello and piano is a remarkable reimagining of the famous Septet, Op.20, exploiting at the same time, Beethoven’s virtuosity as a pianist. The Quartet, Op.16 is Beethoven’s alternative view on the Quintet for Piano and Winds (sharing the same opus number). Here, we experience Beethoven’s extraordinary sensitivity to timbre and decoration, with many passages treated to sumptuous elaboration in the string setting.

Beethoven CD Front Cover

Beethoven and the art of Arrangement will be officially released on OMNIBUS Classics (CC5007) on 1 May 2015.