Calefax Reed Quintet
Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 8:00 pm
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The Calefax Reed Quintet returns to Durham for an evening of impressive musicianship, remarkable arrangements, and unorthodox unseated staging. Formed in 1987 and based in Amsterdam, Calefax classifies itself as “a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.” Its vast repertoire ranges from the 12th century to the 21st. The quintet makes many of its own arrangements, eradicating the borders between early and new music. The ensemble frequently collaborates with living composers.
Calefax’s ambitious program opens with an arrangement of Mozart’s imposing C Minor string quintet, which was itself a rearrangement of a wind quintet. Liszt’s visionary “Years of Pilgrimage” carries the audience from Vienna through the mountains of Switzerland. The second half of the evening contrasts the 18th-century Italian sinfonia of Locatelli with the lushness of Henriette Bosmans’ string quartet, the quirky complexity of two of Nancarrow’s “Studies” for player piano, and the epic misadventures of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel.
Mozart: Quintet in C Minor, KV. 406
Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse
Locatelli: Introduzione teatrale
Bosmans: String Quartet (1927)
Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano No. 2 & No. 3c
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
“Incredible [...] almost everything Calefax touches turns to gold.”