Middlewich and District Concerts Society

Saturday 24th January 2015
Change of Artists : "Intriplicate" had to cancel on 19th January as their pianist is not well enough to perform
Pleyel Ensemble featuring Jonathan Rimmer
Jonathan Rimmer                            Heather Bills                           Harvey Davies
We are very grateful to all three artists for agreeing to perform at such short notice.
Programme (announced 23rd January)

Martinu - Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano

 Francois Borne - "Carmen Fantasy" for Flute & Piano 

I n t e r v a l 

Telemann - Sonata in B Minor for Flute & Continuo 

 Poulenc - Sonata for Flute & Piano 

 Weber - Trio Op.63 for Flute, Cello & Piano

Press Report

Unexpectedly, the first of the Middlewich and District Concerts Society concert's for 2015 featured Heather Bills (cello) and Harvey Davies (piano)  of the Pleyel Ensemble, who had played at the previous concert. On this occasion they were joined by fellow member Jonathan Rimmer (flute). This was due to the late withdrawal of the trio "intriplicate", through illness. With only a few days to prepare a programme they managed to captivate the audience with a wide range of pieces.

They started the recital with a trio by Martinu. This was written in 1944 in America, far from his native Czeckoslovakia. The middle, slow movement was particularly moving.  There followed the "Carmen Fantasy" for flute and piano by Francois Borne. This was dazzling, featuring some well-known themes from Bizet's opera, notably the Habanera and the Toreador Song.

The sonata for flute and continuo by the German composer Georg Telemann was very lively and great fun. This was followed by the flute sonata by Francis Poulenc (1957), one of his most popular pieces. The concert ended with a trio by Weber, lively, melodic and agreeable. All were introduced with humour and clarity. A great evening!


All pictures taken by Roger Evans

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