Monday, 20 April 2015

Musical tonic (London Conchord Ensemble / Wigmore)

London Conchord Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall
Can there be a nicer start to a Sunday than some music late morning? The Wigmore Hall reckon not with their popular Coffee Concert series. You get music, a glass of sherry (or coffee if you prefer). Rather tastefully the sherry comes after the music – so the sun is over the yard arm.
Sunday’s programme saw the London Conchord Ensemble present works by Duruflé, Loeffler and Fauré. In scale, these were the antidote to the vast brassy Sibelius no 2 from the previous evening.
Maurice Duruflé’s Prélude, récitatif et variations, started the session. Charles Martin Loeffler’s ‘L'étang from 2 Rhapsodies’ followed. These two were new to me, and I suspect much of the audience, so the few explanatory words offered before were much appreciated. Gabriel Fauré’s, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 15
Overall: Thoughtful, delicate, beautiful music. Almost musical “Alka-Seltzer” for those who overdid it the night before. Washed down with a glass of sherry.
Piano - Julian Milford
Violin - Daniel Rowland
Viola - Rachel Roberts
Cello - Thomas Carroll
Flute - Daniel Pailthorpe
Oboe - Emily Pailthorpe

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