Rush-hour session: Magnard Ensemble
Windsor Building Auditorium
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975; arr Shiner): Prelude in F sharp major, Op 87 No 13
Martin Butler (1960): Down-Hollow Winds
Ewan Campbell: The Misinformation Machine
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): La cheminée du roi René, Op 205
György Orbán (1947): Quintet
Award-winning wind quintet Magnard Ensemble present an exhilarating programme of 20th- and 21st-century works, journeying from Russian neo-Romanticism through to the cutting-edge of British compositional talent.
The darker hue of the cor anglais colours the opening two works, the melancholy of Shostakovich’s prelude yielding to the wonderfully gritty, earthy energy of Martin Butler’s Down-Hollow Winds. This rhythm drive continues in Ewan Campbell’s The Misinformation Machine, a ‘politically inspired musical satire’ that explores the idea of ‘chinese-whispers’.
Our gaze then shifts backwards to an imagined landscape of medieval France, and Milhaud’s jovial evocations of courtly life, before launching into the hypervirtuosity and zany flamboyance of Orbán’s little-known gem.
The ensemble are currently Making Music Selected Artists 2019-20, and have a forthcoming residency at Snape Maltings. Recent awards include ‘Young Artist’ platforms with the Tillett and Tunnell Trusts. CD releases comprise two discs dedicated to the music of Stephen Dodgson on Toccata Classics and the Roald Dahl-themed Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music on Orchid Classics. Notable appearances include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, the Bridgewater Hall, and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.
£5 (concessions available). Tickets available on the door or book online.