Wednesday 16 January 2019 at 8pm
Debussy – Sonata for cello and piano
Mozart – Flute Quartet in D major, K285
Debussy – Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Françaix – Quintet no. 1 for flute, harp and string trio
Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano
Mozart – Piano Quartet in G minor, K47
Pixels Ensemble is a collective of established chamber music players with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire from the classical period to the present day. Vastly versatile, this group appears in a wide range of combinations and line-ups For Ilkley, Pixels will comprise a sextet of flautist, harpist and pianist with a string trio.
Their programme is built round the three sonatas, of a projected six, which Debussy completed before his death in 1918 and which, like Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, were intended to commemorate both those killed in the World War and evoke the French composers of the eighteenth century. The combination of flute and harp is taken up in the quintet by Jean Françaix full of his characteristic wit and charm. In addition we will hear the first of Mozart’s delightful flute quartets (K285) as well as the first ever piano quartet (K458), a financial failure because it was too difficult for amateurs!