A Little Music brings much enjoyment

David Shavreen reviews the latest presentation of Blenheim Concerts

One of the delights of chamber music is that, like confectionery, much pleasure may be derived from little, and so it was on Sunday, 21st September, when the entertainment was provided by two artists, Isabella Crook (Oboe & Car Anglais) and Christopher Glynn (Piano). An additional pleasure came from the opportunity to hear unusual or neglected works, and the programme we heard was refreshingly different.

It began with Telemann. He has been described as the most prolific composer who ever lived, so it is not surprising that he composed a lively sonata for oboe and piano that was both charming and tuneful. Herbert Howells’s piece which followed was more substantial being inspired by the loss of his young son and encompassing a world of emotion from lamentation through consolation to acceptance and joy. The plaintive oboe in the skilful hands of Miss Crook did full justice to this score.

A divertissement by Eugene Bozza followed an opportunity to relish the dark tones of the cor anglais. This was fluent playing with the long melodic lines well sustained and beautifully nuanced.

The programme ended with a sonata by York Bowen. This was sparkling music, appropriate for a summery afternoon and delivered with nimble fingers, excellent breath control and artistic sensibility. A delightful pair of artists whose talents gave much pleasure to The Blenheim Music Circle.

David Shavreen

The last concert of the 2003 Season will be given at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 16th November, in the Chlswick Catholic Centre by the Crossland Piano Trio

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