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With two oboes on board we can’t resist opening with Handel’s grandly ceremonial piece from his oratorio Solomon. We then hear two elegant concertos respectively by classical and baroque masters, and the ensemble finishes by letting its hair down with the great Australian composer Percy Grainger, who brought a unique spice to British folksongs. They play “Molly on the Shore”, “Country Gardens”, “The Londonderry Air” and “Shepherd’s Hey”.
Caroline Marwood and Sara Grint (oboes), Lynn Cook (violin), The Colour House Ensemble
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G
Albinoni: Concerto in C for two oboes
Grainger: Suite of Four Popular Pieces Handel
A “Diversion” is a bizarrely inadequate title for one of the finest and largest instrumental works of Mozart’s maturity, but for whatever reason that’s what it’s called, surely the greatest string trio ever written or ever likely to be. Before this masterpiece we hear another, the third of the early trios by Beethoven, in which he achieves such extraordinary sonority that it’s hard to believe there are just three players involved.
It’s now something of a tradition for the ensemble’s Christmas concert to end the year with a big festive work from the early nineteenth century. It’s the turn this year of the delightfully tuneful Septet by Mozart’s star pupil Johann Nepomuk Hummel, which no doubt got its nickname from the inclusion of the trumpet. We precede it with festive Baroque music, a curiosity by Schönberg (of all people) and other Christmas treats.
Anastasia Arnold (flute), Kate Moore (trumpet), Simon Ballard (piano), The Colour House Ensemble
Handel: Music for Trumpet and Strings
J. Strauss: Emperor Waltz (arr. Schonberg)
Hummel: Septet in C major Op.114
“The Grand Military”
The Hammig String Trio:
- David Burton (vioin)
- Jane Tyler (viola)
- Sean Turpin (cello)
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor Op.9/3
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat K563