“…Wonderful playing! Where else could one sit and listen to such music with an idyllic view like this?... This was a deeply satisfying concert with superb musicians – a truly lovely and memorable occasion…” Audience members 2013
War is the warp and Switzerland the weft of this morning: Finzi’s Five Bagatelles, though drafted in the 1920s, were first heard in the Wartime National Gallery Concerts in London, and Bliss wrote his Pastoral in the shadow of war while studying with Stanford at the RCM; it was first heard in 1916. Poulenc’s glorious Clarinet Sonata was written in 1962 in memory of Swiss composer and fellow member of Les Six, Arthur Honegger. Stravinsky wrote his Three pieces as (belated) thanks to the Swiss financier (and amateur clarinettist) who funded The Soldier’s Tale, from whose music this concert suite was extracted. This morning we restore the narrative of Swiss novelist CF Ramuz’s story by adding verse to the music and ensuring the tale has its twist in the tail.