Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 8pm
Moeran – Phantasy Quartet
Rodney Bennett – Arethusa
Françaix – Cor anglais Quartet
Bach – Goldberg variations (selection)
Knussen – Cantata, op 15
Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F major, K370
World famous oboist, Nicholas Daniel, founded the Britten Oboe Quartet with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia. They bring together the highest musical standards through the experience of playing together for many years.
Moeran was brought up in Norfolk and a number of local folk tunes are included in his Phantasy Quartet from 1946, written for Leon Goosens, which starts this diverse programme. The pieces by Rodney Bennett and Knussen exploit the versatility of the oboe and date from the 1970s, as does the cor anglais quartet by Françaix, embued with his sense of fun. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, written for the virtuoso Friedrich Ramm, a concerto without an orchestra, will round off the evening in a cheerful mood.