Johan Ferreira (oboe), Laetitia de Lange (flute), Lizet Smith (clarinet), Jaco van Staden (French horn), Esther Watkinson (bassoon)
In this performance French Impressionism, German Romanticism, and American Groove are showcased via a diverse selection of the music of Ibert, Klughardt, and Gershwin.
The wind quintet by Klughardt is a rather unknown gem for South African audiences and showcases true German mastery of orchestration and conversation between melodies and harmonies. Jacques Ibert’s Trois Piece Breve consists of three short pieces for wind quintet with harmonic roots which remind the listener of the styles of Debussy and Poulenc. Ibert himself was a flautist with a true taste of exceptional writing for wind instruments. Finally, Gershwin’s magnum opus in the form of the popular Rhapsody in Blue, arranged for wind quintet, adds the definite diverse touch to the performance, and provides each player with the opportunity to “jazz it up”!