Wednesday 10 November 2021 8pm
Farrenc Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, op 44
Bax Sonata for clarinet and piano
Poulenc Cello sonata
Fauré Piano trio in D minor, op 120 (version for clarinet)
This concert brings together three well-loved musicians, soloists in their own right, to make music. Emma Johnson and Raphael Wallfisch, both returning to Ilkley after long absences, are joined by regular Martin Roscoe.The concert is framed by French examples of that rare beast – the clarinet trio. Louise Farrenc’s music is becoming better known and her 1861 work is a welcome addition: Fauré’s is a late work of 1923. Both are lyrical and virtuosic, showing the change in harmonic language over 60 years.
For the filling in the sandwich, Emma Johnson puts her sheer beauty of sound and technical finesse at the service of Bax’s elegaic two-movement sonata.This is followed by the Poulenc cello sonata, a striking and powerful work full of impassioned music to which Raphael Wallfisch brings both his beautiful warm tone and sense of humour. Martin Roscoe, at the piano throughout, demonstrates once again his versatility, musicianship and rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.