Classical music concert ft. Cinquain wind quintet - Music in New Malden series
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Music in New Malden, Series 13 ( Nov. 2020)
Byrd arr. McDermid Vigilate
Nielsen Wind Quintet op. 43
Cinquain - Elizabeth Walker (flute), James Eastaway (oboe), Jane Booth (clarinet), Catriona McDermid (bassoon), Jonathan Farey (horn).
The concert starts with Humoreske, a one movement Allegretto, written by Alexander Von Zemlinsky at the end of his life in New York (1939). The second piece, in total contrast, is an arrangement by Catriona McDermid, of William Byrd’s Vigilate for voices, first published in 1589.
Cinquain finish the concert with the remarkable Wind Quintet written by Carl Nielsen. Nielsen commented “each instrument is like a person who sleeps, whom I have to wake to life.” And this he achieves with character. The bassoon initiates the first movement with a lyric awakening melody and a chattering second theme, full of leaps and grace notes. The second movement is a classical feeling Minuet and Trio, the clarinet and bassoon sharing the tune, followed by the pairing of flute and oboe. The finale is longer than the first two movements combined. It opens with slow and dark Praeludium with a particularly rich colouring from the oboist swapping to play the cor anglaise, and the flute repeatedly falling down to the lowest available note of B natural, followed by a theme and eleven variations, and brief finale. The theme is taken from a solemn chorale tune by Nielsen “My Jesus, make my heart to love Thee” from his Hymns and Sacred Songs of 1912-16.
Recorded in New Malden Methodist Church.
Filming and audio by Floyer Sydenham (www.floyerfilms.com)
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