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Classical concert celebrating the work of Alfredo Piatti to take place in Cambridge



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Classical musicians Adrian Bradbury (cello) and Andrew West (piano) are to perform a chamber music concert this Sunday afternoon (May 15) at Stapleford Granary.

Alfredo Piatti was Europe's favourite cellist
Alfredo Piatti was Europe's favourite cellist

The programme consists of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ (from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Alfredo Piatti’s Introduction et Variations sur un thème de Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), op 2, Frédéric Chopin and Auguste Franchomme’s Grand duo concertant sur des thèmes de Robert le diable (Meyerbeer) and Alfredo Piatti’s Souvenir de La Sonnambula (Bellini), op 5.

Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901) was Europe's favourite cellist, famous for his concertos and chamber music. But opera was his passion and he launched his career by creating ingenious fantasies on operatic themes, astonishing concert halls and salons with his unrivalled virtuosity.

Playing from original manuscripts found in the Donizetti library in Bergamo, Adrian Bradbury performs and discusses the repertoire that bewitched and amazed Piatti's audiences.

Adrian has developed an international career in chamber music as the cellist in Composers Ensemble, Jane's Minstrels and Chamber Domaine, giving world premieres of solo and chamber works by Thomas Adès, Tansy Davies, Hugh Wood and many more leading composers.

He is a regular guest principal with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and London Symphony Orchestra. An active researcher, his work has been published by the Royal Society and featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4. With pianist Oliver Davies he recorded the complete operatic fantasies of 19th-century cello virtuoso Alfredo Piatti, released on the Meridian label in 2020.

Andrew West's eclectic career includes solo tours of the United States and South Africa. He is a recording artist and chamber musician, and has made worldwide appearances as song accompanist, working with Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams.

Andrew was artistic director of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival and is currently chairman and artistic director of the Kirckman Concert Society. He is professor of chamber music and accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The concert takes place at Stapleford Granary this Sunday (May 15) at 12pm. The doors and coffee shop will be open from 11am. For tickets, go to staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/adrian-bradbury-andrew-west or call 01223 849004.

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