London, March 26, 2015

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

Vsevolod Dvorkin piano

Alexander Bedenko clarinet

Jasmine Choi flute

Timothy Rundle oboe

Laura Vincent bassoon

Geremia Iezzi horn

 

Illustrated talk by Richard Wigmore

 

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, one of the five composers who made up 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.

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