Intense passions of Romantic composers

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Violinist Benjamin Nabarro and pianist Tim Horton are bringing together emotionally-charged sonatas by two of the heavyweights of the Romantic era in Sheffield tomorrow.

The pair, leading members of Ensemble 360, are playing Schumann’s intense Sonata in A minor, written at a time when the composer described himself as being “very angry with certain people”.

Their second piece tomorrow at the Crucible Studio is Brahms’ Sonata in D minor, which has been described as a return to the vivid passions of the composer’s youth.

The dramatic twists and turns of mood ensure that the listener is swept along throughout this grandly conceived work.

On Saturday night a second Music in the Round concert at the Studio features renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson and her long-time collaborator, pianist John Lenehan, perform a programme of Weber, Chopin, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Lutoslawski and Bernstein.

There will be a chance at both concerts to see artworks being auctioned off to support Music in the Round by two artists who are fans of their music.

Sculptor Vivien Whitaker and Simon Clements, who draws in oil pastels, pen and ink, were both so moved by the music they’ve heard that they donated work to help.

As well as a sculpture inspired by Britten’s Third Cello Suite, Vivien is offering two artistic experiences to the lucky winning bidders.

The Future Festivals Silent Auction will run until noon on December 6.

All works of art will be on display at concerts tomorrow and Saturday and December 4.

Next Saturday, December 6, Music in the Round celebrates its 30th birthday with a concert at the Studio of Brahms and Schumann by Ensemble 360.

To mark the occasion, the organisation is posting a series of 30 short films on YouTube.

Supporters share one personal recollection of what Music in the Round has meant to them.

Participants include The Star’s own classical music writer Rob Hollingworth.

The 30th and final film, featuring founder Peter Cropper, will be posted on December 6.

Details: www.musicintheround.co.uk. Box office: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 2496000.