Program includes music by Mozart, Fauré and Schubert with featured musicians: Charles Blandy, tenor; Peggy Pearson, oboe; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Jason Snider, French horn; Jennifer Frautschi & Yura Lee, violins; Marcus Thompson, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Thomas Van Dyck, double bass; Max Levinson, piano.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452
La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61
Octet in F Major for Winds and Strings, D. 803
Mozart wrote of the Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major upon its premiere: “I consider it the best work I have ever written…” It marks Mozart’s first exploration of the potential of winds as central voices rather than accompaniment; the shared cadenza in the Rondo finale clearly emphasizes the balance that the composer hoped to achieve among instruments. Poems by Paul Verlaine inspired Fauré’s song cycle La bonne chanson; the human emotions of longing, doubt, and love sung by the tenor are mimicked by harmonic metaphors, tempo fluctuations, and timbre changes. Schubert wrote the Octet in F major for Winds and Strings in 1824 on commission from Count Ferdinand von Troyer, an accomplished amateur clarinetist and, more importantly, a source of income for the financially unstable composer. The six-movement structure gives the instruments ample time to dance, slowly sway, brood, then celebrate for one last time in the Finale.