CLARINET QUARTET in C Minor, Op. 4
PHANTASIE in F-sharp Minor for Piano Quartet, H. 94 (1910)
Robert Xavier Rodriguez
CHRONIES for Bass Clarinet and Percussion (1981)
PIANO TRIO in B-Flat Major, D. 898
We will feature the Clarinet Quintet in C minor by Bernhard Crusell (1775-1838), a Finnish clarinetist and composer, who has been hailed as “the most significant and internationally best-known Finnish-born composer before Sibelius.” The elegant passions of this work are certain to please a wide range of musical tastes.
The mournful, yet defiant utterances of the Phantasie in F-sharp minor for Piano Quintet by English composer and violist Frank Bridge (1879-1941) is a work of powerful emotions. The key of F-sharp minor is usually reserved for works of profoundly original statements, and this quintet delivers one of the best examples of this selective tonality.
The Chronicles for Bass Clarinet and Percussion by American composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez (b. 1946) offers colorful glimpse into sonic worlds not usually experienced. The mystical and soothing voice of the bass clarinet combines with the power of percussion to bring us a truly original listening experience.
We at last come to the music of Franz Schubert. His Piano Trio in B-flat Major was composed in 1827, the last year of his life. This chamber work is large in scope. The contrasts of rhythm and lyricism (especially in the first movement) beautifully complement the exquisite slow second movement. The ensuing third movement scherzo and a highly animated rondo finale bring a most satisfying experience to chamber music audiences.