RavelIntroduction et Allegro Bliss Clarinet Quintet TchaikovskySouvenir de Florence
Rachel Masters harp Sue Thomas flute Robert Hill clarinet
Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra once more cross the Thames to share their passion for chamber music with the Wigmore Hall audience. Their richly coloured programme begins with Ravel’s ravishingly beautiful miniature concerto for harp with flute, clarinet and string quartet. This is followed by the Quintet for clarinet and strings that Sir Arthur Bliss wrote in 1931 for the legendary Frederick Thurston, a work combining and reconciling muscular energy and Romantic lyricism. Last comes Tchaikovsky’s late string sextet Souvenir de Florence, conceived as the title suggests on a holiday in Italy, and full of Italianate warmth in perfect balance with Germanic craftsmanship and Russian vigour.