Saturday 28 October 2017: 7-30pm
Atea Wind Quintet
JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for wind quintet
Alexander Zemlinsky – Humoreske
Eugène Bozza – Trois Piéces pour une musique de nuit
Jean Françaix – Quintet no 2
Alena Lugovkina – Flute
Anna Hashimoto – Clarinet
Ashley Myall – Bassoon
Paul Cott - Horn (guest – replacing )
Philip Haworth – Oboe
The internationally-acclaimed Atea Wind Quintet blew into Farnham last Saturday with a delightful and varied programme from the 20th and 18th centuries. Comprising flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn and oboe, Atea holds the prestigious posts of Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School.
Three works by little-known 20th-century composers formed the first half of the concert. Alexander Zemlinsky’s ‘Humoreske Rondo’ bubbled with skittish joy and was followed by ‘Trois Pieces pour Une Musique de Nuit’ by Eugene Joseph Bozza, the last of which had a haunting, wistful effect. Anna Hashimoto, the clarinettist, declared the creator of the third work, Quintet No.2 by Jean Francaix, to be her favourite composer of all time, adding that his works are all ‘fiendishly difficult’. She told the audience, ‘His music always brings a smile to my face – he creates the best sounds. Watch out for a cheeky bassoon and horn duet in the last movement!’ It was truly a virtuoso performance by all the musicians.
The Tilford Bach Society was honoured by an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations specially prepared by Atea for this concert. Originally scored for two-manual harpsichord, the thirty variations have been adapted for every conceivable instrumental combination and wind quintet proved to be an excellent medium for exploring the varied textures and harmonies of the work. The main theme passed effortlessly from one instrument to another, the different timbres giving clarity to the strands of the intricate counterpoint.
Report by Rosemary Wisbey
The Atéa Quintet is the foremost British Wind Quintet of their generation. Internationally acclaimed, they recently became double prize winners at the 2015 Karl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark. As the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, they mentor some of the finest up and coming musicians in the country.
Since it’s formation in 2009, the Atéa Quintet has performed in some of the finest halls in the world. Highlights include a critically acclaimed Friday night recital at the Wigmore Hall, performances at the Cheltenham, Brighton and Lake District Summer Festivals and concerts in St Martin in the Fields, Bridgewater Hall and St Johns Smith Square. Recent seasons have included a tour to Scotland, the Czech Republic and a residency at the Two Moors Festival.
Brought together by their communal love of wind chamber music, members of the Atéa Quintet have individually received several prizes in international competitions and played with all of the country’s leading orchestras. The Quintet is eternally grateful for the support that they have received from the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society, New Dots and Live Music Now.