Judith Bingham

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“I had worked with Judith Bingham on her dark and haunting “Tenebrae”, for choir, solo violin and percussion, and felt that the restless whirl of the fourth sonata would relate well to her way of writing.” Krysia Osostowitz

Programme Note:

Judith Bingham The Neglected Child (companion to Beethoven sonata no 4 in A minor)

‘Lewis Lockwood described Beethoven’s 4th violin sonata as “bleak, odd and distant, the neglected child in the family of Beethoven violin sonatas, despite its original and experimental moments.’ The words ‘neglected child’ caught my eye and immediately became the title of my short musical introduction. For me the Beethoven is full of silences and shortened notes, throwaway endings, and many downward phrases. Any moments of hope seem childlike, easily blown away. The ending seems to be galloping, charging towards great resolve but is achieved by a kind of despairing sigh instead, disappearing down the end of the piano. My piece references some of the musical ideas in the sonata but also its gestures, its silences and the often thin textures. However, it does so very slowly, giving a feeling of a child staring out of a window lost in an internal world of dreams and fantasy.” Judith Bingham

Related News and Reviews

This was a breathtaking musical experience with two of the brightest stars in the music firmament.

Krysia Osostowicz impressed immediately with her graceful platform style. Her musical pedigree includes study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge University and in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. She founded the award-winning Dante Quartet, is director of the Dante Summer Festival and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Daniel Tong is a teacher, writer and festival director. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, is founder of Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and of the Winchester Chamber Music Festival.
He is also head of piano chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches piano at Birmingham University.

The programme was titled the Beethoven Plus Project following the pair’s invitation to ten composers to write a five-minute companion piece inspired by, and perhaps including a phrase or two from, one of the sonatas.

Beethoven’s Sonata No.1 formed the basis for Ludwig Games by Jonathan Dove, a work full of variety in mood, tempo and tone with very dramatic effects. Osostowicz and Tong showed great rapport performing almost as one.

The piece gave Tong an opportunity to showcase his remarkable talent in the variations as well as in Sonata No. 1 with all its own changes of mood and style.

Beethoven’s Sonata No.4 provided raw material for composer Judith Bingham’s variation, The Neglected Child, inspired by a comment that it was the neglected child among the sonatas.

The great Kreutzer Sonata inspired the Tarantella Furiosa Op. 47 by Matthew Taylor. It certainly did reflect the hugely energetic Kreutzer to which Osostowicz and Tong did full justice, again playing as one. It was remarkable to experience two performers so totally in tune with one another.

Darlington and Stockton Times, Irene MacDonald

Monday, 09 November 2015  

The fifth recital in the Beethoven Plus series was also the final event in this year’s Sound Festival, featuring Beethoven’s violin sonatas nos. 2 and 4, and completing this remarkable musical odyssey with his final sonata, op. 96 in G. The three new commissions in this concert were delightfully varied.  (read more…)