Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2
Gwen Buttemer, oboe; Stéphanie Caplette, violin; Marlena Pellegrino, viola; Daniel Parker, cello
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Thomas Cosbey & Linsey Herle, violins; Marlena Pellegrino & Geena Salway, viola; Peter Cosbey, cello
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Fantasiestücke, Op. 5
Thomas Cosbey & Michelle Zapf-Bélanger, violins; Geena Salway, viola; Peter Cosbey, cello
Imagination and inspiration abound in a concert featuring three English composers who show that many moods and textures can flow from a single musical phrase within a short time span.
Britten’s inventive Quartet for oboe and strings is an early work that uses a march theme to build a consummately crafted arch. Vaughan Williams took as his model the viol fantasias of Henry Purcell to build a sectionalized work that unfolds with maximum contrast of tempo and mood using folk melodies. We look forward to introducing Coleridge-Taylor whose Fantasy Pieces for string quartet are gems worth discovering.