Concert 6. Wednesday 14 March 2012 8pm Print

 

GALLIMAUFRY ENSEMBLE

Mozart

Quintet for piano & wind in E flat K452

Hindemith

Kleine Kammermusik Op.24/2 (Quintet)

Saint Saens

Caprice on Danish & Russian Airs Op.79 (fl,ob,cl,pno)

Pilss

Serenade for wind quintet

Francaix

L’Heure de Berger (piano & wind sextet)

 

 

The Gallimaufry Ensemble is one of the most exciting and dynamic young groups in the UK. Their energy and vitality of interpretation bring freshness to the music, whether a classic, a new commission or an arrangement. The Gallimaufry Ensemble was formed in 2000 at the Royal Academy of Music and was subsequently awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship.   The late, great, Jack Brymer wrote of the Hindemith “Possibly the greatest wind quintet ever written.”  The delightful Françaix is subtitled ‘Musique de Brasserie’ in honour of a great French restaurant and it finishes in a riot of colour. 

 

 

 

“The whole concert was thoroughly enjoyable and the Ensemble performed a very challenging concert brilliantly with great stage presence."  Double Reed News

 

“The Gallimaufry Ensemble’s account. . . was dazzlingly well done . . .” The Times

 

 

CONCERT REVIEW

 

A Diverting Evening at the Ilkley Concert Club

 

Their concert began with Mozart's Piano and Wind Quintet in E flat K452. He thought it the best work he'd ever written and these young players did not let him down. From the spacious introduction it was clear that this very individual ensemble was fully up to all the challenges that this wonderful music offers. By the time we reached the allegro we'd already enjoyed Holly Randall's expressive oboe sound, Peter Spark's mellifluous clarinet playing, Shelly Organ's ripe bassoon tone and the full-on horn timbre of Alexia Cammish; and, neither self-effacing nor over-assertive, pianist Iain Farrington was the ideal chamber music partner. The tight ensemble playing was a joy to hear; the balance between piano and winds always perfect and their phrasing had an intensely vocal quality. This superb performance left me marvelling at the nonchalant ease with which Mozart achieves his musical effects.

 

Then came the more acerbic Hindemith Kleine Kammermusic for Wind Quintet. This pungent and characterful music received a suitably robust performance that fully brought out its mordant humour. The more reflective moments were equally well done with some lovely legato playing in the central slow movement. Throughout there was real understanding of the style required for this no-nonsense anti-romantic music. An enjoyably bracing listen.

 

The wind music repertoire with its limited supply of established masterpieces poses programming problems which were well solved by the Gallimaufry's decision to make the second half a series of divertissements beginning with Saint-Saëns' Caprice opus 79. This gave Maxine Willis, who we'd already heard on flute and piccolo in the Hindemith, opportunity to display her virtuosity as a flautist. Then came the Pilss Wind Quintet, a garulous diversion that the players did their best to breathe life into. The strongest movement was the scherzo with its effective instrumental interplay. The splendidly ungrand finale was Françaix's L'heure du Berger, whose louche Parisian cabaret style was caught to a tee. I for one left the hall with a naughty smile on my face.

 

G.K.

 

The following recordings were recommended in the programme:

 

Mozart: Stephen Hough (piano) and the Berlin Wind Quintet feature in an outstanding disc where the Mozart is coupled with the Beethoven Piano Quintet on BIS BISCD 1552 (full price). There is a good budget alternative where Radu Lupu (piano) and members of the English C.O. play the Quintet and Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 12 and 21 on Decca 475 9987.

 

Hindemith: All the Hindemith Kammermusik are included on a Decca Double 473 722 2 (budget price). Riccardo Chailly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

 

Saint-Saens & Françaix: Both pieces are catered for on an excellent Chandos CD CHAN 10420 (full price) where Vovka Ashkenazy (piano) and the Reykjavic Wind Quintet couple these works with the Poulenc Sextuor, Rimsky-Korsakov's Quintet and D'Indy's Sarabande & Minuet. The recording is excellent.


Pilss: There seems to be only one recording available which, fortunately, is a very good one. The Berlin Woodwind Quintet perform the Pilss, together with works by Zemlinsky, Foerster and Reinecke on BIS BISCD 612 (full price) and, as usual with BIS, the recording leaves nothing to be desired.


Raymond Waud

 

CLUB NOTES

 

KING’S HALL (KH) & WINTER GARDEN (WG)

Since the restoration of the roof in the WG, you will have noticed many improvements to the building.  Led by Adam Renton, the General Manager of Bradford Theatres, Bradford MDC has made a very substantial investment in the KH site.  Suggestions for work & part of the funding have also come from The Friends of the King’s Hall.  Improvements include restoration & modernization of the lighting, making the KH & WG more appealing.  The entrance to the building is more welcoming thanks to the lighting on the entrance canopy & redecoration of the entrance halls.  ICC members will also be pleased that all the seats downstairs have been restored & re-covered.  The result is that the hall is now more frequently used by other organizations, surely a necessary requirement in securing the long-term future of the building.  This building – one of the most important in Ilkley – has been well-served recently by Bradford MDC; ICC members have reason to be very grateful to them & The Friends of the King’s Hall.

 

WHEN DID CURRENT MEMBERS JOIN ICC?

It is interesting to see how long Members have belonged to the Club.  We have two members who joined in 1946 when the Club was founded.  One is David Pyett, our Chairman, & the other is Brian Lambert.  Currently we have 476 Members – all Season Tickets were sold before the start of the Season.  The table shows how long Members have been coming to concerts.

 

More than 40 years

1%

Between 30 & 39 years

8%

Between 20 & 29 years

18%

Between 10 & 19 years

27%

Between 1 and 9 years

46%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It shows the enormous loyalty that the Club enjoys, that 27% of you have been members for more than 20 years or more, & 54% have been coming for 10 years or more.   Some 46% have joined within the last 9 years, which shows that encouraging new Members is vital to the survival of ICC.   Coupled with the fact that we have had a small waiting list each Season since the 38th these numbers suggest that the Club has been operated over a long period in a way that satisfies its Members.   We should not be complacent however – Members are always invited write to the Committee at the following address with suggestions for improvements:

 

Hon. Secretary, 71 Ilkley Hall Park, Ilkley, LS29 9LD

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