UPDATE: 23 November
If you have arrived here having read the report in the Salisbury Journal, welcome. Our next meeting – the last this year – is on Monday 27th and you would be very welcome to come. £3 for non-members.
The last meeting was a members’ evening where each will present and play a piece which they particularly like and want to share with others. A wide variety of pieces were performed:
- it was probably the first time in some years we had heard Wolf-Ferrari and in this case it was the last 2 movements from the Jewels of Madonna
- Mozart followed with a rare outing of Varrei Spiegarvi o Dio, an aria interopolated into another, now lost opera.
- we do not often hear the bassoon as a solo instrument but a piece by Weber – andante and Hungarian rondo showed the instrument off well. It can sound strained in the higher registers but the soloist managed to avoid this
- back to Mozart and a movement from a quintet K593 he composed around a year before he died
- Alec Roth has almost certainly never been played before and is a composer with a slight Salisbury connection. We heard an excerpt from string quintet #2
- this was followed by some Schubert songs – always a favourite
- Bach and two cantatas from his time in Leipzig – BWV 8 and 95
- there was then a mystery piece and this defeated the audience. It was part of Symphony #4 by the Polish composer Schmidt-Kowalski and several were impressed by this extract.
- the penultimate piece was a Chopin ballade and to finish
- .. Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from the Midsummer Nights Dream, but played on two pianos
A very diverse programme with no clear theme except that they were pieces loved by the members.