Joyful chamber music that can light up any grey winter’s day is in store for you in this Chamber Concert, with elegant French music composed for winds and piano.
Composer and concert pianist Jean Françaix was a specialist at composing cheerful, elegant music. Encouraged by none other than Ravel, he wrote more than 200 works. Much of his chamber music is composed for wind instruments. In his own words, his music is like thoughts meandering “like a path through woods”.
Francis Poulenc was one of the members in Les Six, a group of six young composers in France who revolted against Impressionism and German Romanticism. His Sextet for piano and winds is a virtuoso, emotional work – with humor and sorrow, melancholy and satire. It bears the signum of the composer: some parts rhythmic and dissonant, others melodic and languishing.
Five musicians from the wind section are joined on the piano by the Göteborg Opera’s Artistic Director Opera/Drama, Henning Ruhe.
Jean Françaix (1912–1997)
Blåskvintett no. 1
I. Andante tranquillo – Allegro assai
III. Tema: Andante
Variation 1. L'istesso tempo
Variation 2. Andantino con moto
Variation 3. Lento
Variation 4. Vivo
Variation 5. Andante
IV. Tempo di marcia francese
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Sextett för piano och blåsare
I. Allegro vivace
II. Divertissement: Andantino
III. Finale: Prestissimo – Subito très lent
The concert lasts approx. 40 minutes.
Sabine Daniels, flute
Geoffrey Cox, oboe
Helena Nyman Panofsky, clarinet
Philip Foster, horn
Sebastian Wagner, bassoon
Henning Ruhe, piano