Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, Orsino Ensemble, Alasdair Beatson @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2022

Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, Orsino Ensemble, Alasdair Beatson @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2022

Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 11.00am

French composers seem to have a natural talent for writing exquisite wind music as this short programme will make abundantly clear. Nicholas Daniel and Julius Drake have a long-standing musical friendship going back further than either cares to remember. I have found the elements of an oboe sonata, the first part will be elegiac, the second scherzando and the last a sort of liturgical chant. Francaix wrote his Second Wind Quintet when he was 75, it is a breathless tour de force of high class wind playing, not to be missed. With Poulenc there is always an element of high-spirited surrealism. If he spins a romantic air you can be sure his sense of the ridiculous will get the better of him soon. To be enjoyed.

Programme
Poulenc: Oboe Sonata
Nicholas Daniel
Julius Drake

Francaix: Quintet No.2
Orsino Ensemble

Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Winds Op.100
Orsino Ensemble
Alasdair Beatson

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