S. BARBER: Summer Music, op. 31
MOZART: Quintet for piano and winds in E flat major, K. 452
POULENC: Sextet for piano and winds, op. 100
BEETHOVEN: Quintet for piano and winds in E flat major, op. 16
]W[ Ensemble: Vicente Alberola, clarinet; José Vicente Castelló, horn; Lucas Macías, oboe; Dag Jensen, bassoon
Enrique Bagaría, piano
Júlia Gállego, flute
The Chamber Music Season at L’Auditori de Barcelona invites renowned performers with ties to the Catalan music scene. On this occasion, we have the ]W[ Ensemble, formed of musicians from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the super-orchestra founded by Claudio Abbado. Every summer, for the festival, the Orchestra brings together some of the best musicians of the moment who have an association with the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC – Catalonia College of Music). For its Barcelona debut, the ]W[ Ensemble offers a performance of quintets for piano and winds by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, with guest musicians Enrique Bagaría and Júlia Gállego. These two works are linked by the young Beethoven’s admiration of Mozart, from whom he copied the instrumentation, tonality and formal structure, and in which the piano has an almost soloist role, making them short piano concertos. The concert repertoire is completed with the rhapsodic and languid Summer Music, op. 31, the only work for wind quintet composed by American Samuel Barber, and the Sextet for piano and wind quintet, op. 100, by Francis Poulenc, one of his most popular works, full of humour and deeply emotional.