It would be misleading to assert that a woodwind trio (oboe, clarinet,
bassoon) has a propensity for entertaining music rather than solid serious
stuff. The temptation for this idea arises simply because there is a lot
of skilled lightweight music at hand to encourage a disc for those odd moments.
With the exception of Villa-Lobos, French composers of the
earlyish 20th century fill 22 tracks of 25. Which also raises the point
that the French have a knack for the 'delicious' balanced between serious
music and the jolly stuff that is artless.
The seasoned players of the London Wind Trio have the right edge for
this repertoire: all manner of subtleties rise to the surface and then drop
away as the next one arises, be it tune, harmony, rhythm or texture. A composer
new to me is Henri Tomasi, born in Marseilles in 1901. He also perpetuates
this Gallic touch of a feather. [Listen - track 11,
Copyright © 1 March 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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