Chamber ensemble Harmoniemusik present Barber’s masterful evocation of the season of its title with a performance of Summer Music for wind quintet, together with Poulenc’s quirky and touching Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon and Joseph Jongen’s Rhapsodie, a rarely heard sextet for piano and wind instruments with one foot firmly planted in the romantic era.
Piano and wind chamber ensemble Harmoniemusik made its debut in 1991, giving a series of concerts during a cruise of the eastern Mediterranean from Istanbul to Venice. The London based ensemble performs regularly in its own series of concerts at Bloomsbury’s Conway Hall and has also performed in The Regency Town House as part of The Brighton Festival, in Cheltenham’s Pitville Pump Room, in the Great Hall of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and in the City of London’s Guildhall. The ensemble has also played at Dulwich Picture Gallery, first in 2016 and again in 2017 as part the Gallery’s prestigious concert series. Further afield, Harmoniemusik has given many concerts at festivals in France, Belgium and most regularly in Germany, where the group has performed at the Philharmonie in Cologne and given several concert tours of Berlin. In 2015 the ensemble was invited to play at the Hukvaldy Festival in the Czech Republic, in a concert which included a performance of Janacek’s Mlaadi for wind sextet, performed on Janacek’s birthday in the church where he was organist, situated only a few yards from his place of birth.
The season programme can be found here.