Igor Stavinsky – Three pieces for Clarinet
Antonin Dvorak – String Quartet ‘American’ (first two movements)
B. Crusell – Oboe Quintet
Get in the Groove with the FCO!
The Festival Chamber Orchestra celebrate the 65th birthday year of one of Britain’s most gifted and talented composers, Paul Patterson, premiering his wonderful Two Grooves. Groove One, Blues, written for string quintet and cor anglais, is a laid back bluesy movement that works beautifully for the cor anglais. Groove Two, Romp for strings and oboe, is hugely flamboyant and exciting in style and, as always with Paul’s music, technically demanding for the players, but great fun to perform and listen too. The FCO will also perform Mozart’s sublime Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581 with Carol Basden. This piece is certainly among the best of both Mozart’s orchestral and chamber music and shows Mozart’s true genius with plenty of emotion, charm, verve and a slow movement of indescribable beauty. Written at the age of 33 in 1789 for one of the leading clarinettists of the day, Anton Stadler, it is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. The concert concludes with, Finnish composer and clarinettist, Bernard Crusell’s Divertimento in C major, Op.9, written in 1822 and scored for oboe and string quartet. On paper the overall plan of this piece is conventional enough, but the structure is in fact entirely novel. Crusell treats the oboe very much as a soloist and many of the gestures derive from the concerto and operatic aria. This striking piece is full of formal craft and delightful tunes.
The Concert, the second of the Fridays@7, will be held at St Mary Bredin Church CT1 3JN (at the corner of Nunnery Fields and Old Dover Road) on Friday 2nd November at 7.00pm.
The FCO players include the string quintet, Jeremy Ovenden (leader), Florianne Peycelon (violin), Ros Hanson-Laurent (viola), Gina Harris (cello), clarinet Carol Basden and oboe and cor anglais, Ian Crowther.