Exploring the work of three composers with close ties to Paris, a city with a history of rich musical traditions and daring innovations.
Jerome Naulais’ Flash is a musical gem for brass trio, featuring quick runs and sweeping melodies combined with special effects to add colour and excitement.
Martinu’s Quartet, influenced by Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, was written shortly after moving to Paris in the 1920’s. From the work’s opening drum stroke, the piece is a rollicking and abstract blend of complex rhythmic patterns, imitative counterpoint, and instrumental athleticism.
Prokofiev’s brilliantly radical Quintet op. 39, also written in Paris during the 1920’s, is adventurous and experimental, but still rooted in tuneful melodic lines and well contoured phrases.
Sam Hughes, trumpet; Janelle Wiebe, horn; Erik Hongisto, trombone
Martinu: Quartet in C major (1924)
Peter Shackleton, clarinet; Janelle Wiebe, horn; Daniel Parker, cello; Kevin Brohman, side-drum
Prokofiev: Quintet op. 39
Gwen Buttemer, oboe; Peter Shackleton, clarinet; Kathlyn Stevens, violin; Marlena Pellegrino, viola; Martin Blanchet, bass