Togetherness

Now hear this…

(If I’m whispering or shouting, don’t forget that you can turn me down or up or even – heaven forfend! – off, whenever you need to…)

 

The ensembles:

Ensemble

Concert:

To start at a specific movement just click on its title.  

Going back to the days when every orchestral concert had to start with one – an overture! This one, a diminutive version, is for brass quintet and by Witold Lutosławski (note the different tone colours that all the muting and unmuting that goes on, produces):

 

The Nielsen Wind Quintet is, I think, one of the finest of its kind. In the last movement, watch out for the dark writhings of the cor anglais in the Praeludium. The theme of the Tema con variazioni is one of Nielsen’s own hymn settings (My Jesus, make my heart to love thee) and is followed by 11 variations. 

Allegro ben moderatoMenuet
PraeludiumTema con variazioni 

 

I must confess to not being minimalism’s greatest fan, but Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood is a fascinating study in (almost) pure rhythm, and – if it doesn’t send you screaming out of the room – has a strange kind of mesmeric effect…

 

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 95 in f. Beethoven said of this quartet that it was only for the connoisseur (that’s us!) and should never be played to the general public. It’s an intense experience; music that presages the world of the late quartets – even the scherzo is marked ‘very fast, lively but serious’. Hence its nickname Quartetto Serioso.

Serioso
Allegro con brioAllegretto ma non troppo
Allegro assai vivace ma seriosoLarghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato

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  1. Thank you Chris, we have enjoyed all your sessions, we haven’t listened to many small ensembles, particularly the wind instruments, by drawing attention to the subtleties of the music e.g. the muted horns in Lutoslawski you have made us aware of the colours that can be found in the wind groupings. We were familiar with Beethoven
    but not Steve Reich, didn’t enjoy it but would liked to have been able to look over the shoulders of the players to see the score.

    You seem to be coping well with lockdown and enjoying your outdoor pursuits and ruminations and thank you so much for all your comments and humour, looking forward to the next session.

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