A great programme of music for piano and winds coming up this month, the Korean connection being that the ensemble includes flautist Jasmine Choi, whose Wigmore debut in 2009 impressed us a lot. An interesting venue too.
Winds of Change: Vienna, St Petersburg, Paris
Vsevolod Dvorkin piano | Alexander Bedenko clarinet | Timothy Rundle oboe | Geremia Iezzi horn | Jasmine Choi flute | Laura Vincent bassoon
Illustrated talk by Richard Wigmore
- Mozart Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, K452
- Rimsky-Korsakov Quintet in B flat major
- Poulenc Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100
Three masterpieces of the chamber wind repertoire by three epoch-making composers. Mozart’s sublime Quintet, K452, in his own opinion ‘… the best work I ever composed’, combines the essence of Viennese Classicism with the composer’s distinctive operatic magnificence. Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘chief architect’ of St Petersburg’s ‘Mighty Handful’, brought his experience as an Inspector of Russia’s naval bands to bear on his writing for winds and brass. His exuberant and brilliantly colourful Quintet in B flat is all too rarely heard. The concert ends with Poulenc, leading member of ‘Les Six’, the unconventional group of composers active in 1920s Paris. All his flamboyant wit and wistful poetry is captured in the Sextet, Op. 100.