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Saturday August 15, 8pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium.
Scenes of Reverie and Revelry
James MACMILLAN (b 1959): Cumnock Fair for piano & string quintet (1999)
-50th anniversary of the composer's birth
Christopher ROUSE (b 1949): Compline for flute, clarinet, harp & string quartet (1966)
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet (1905)
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924): Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor Opus 45 (1886)
James MacMillan, widely regarded as the leading Scottish composer of today, strikes sparks off his Gaelic heritage in his Cumnock Fair for piano and string quintet, while the American composer Christopher Rouse favours reverie rather than revelry in his Compline, an impression of Rome that takes in its ecclesiastical traditions and the ever-present music of its bells. As Rouse’s piece is scored for the same instrumental forces as Ravel’s famous Introduction and Allegro, it might have seemed churlish not to include this piece as well, in which revelry occasionally seems on the verge of influencing the unforgettable reverie of its sinuous melodies. Fauré’s Second Piano Quartet alternates quiet eloquence and nimble brilliance, demonstrating how well these qualities can live together if their contrasts are handled by a master.