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Poulenc Trio

Oboe Huw Jones
Violin Wayne Brennan
Bassoon Nicole Tait
Cello Simon Cobcroft
Harpsichord and Piano Sonya Lifschitz

Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, FP.43
Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op.40
Zelenka Trio Sonata No.3 in B flat major, ZWV 181

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Settle in for an afternoon of spectacle, with music from a near-forgotten baroque master and rebel composer Poulenc’s most well-known piece.

Gawk at the sheer technical demands in Zelenka’s larger-than-life Trio Sonata No.3. The richly textured work gives way to its own massive universe, through contrasting timbres of the instruments – beautiful, yet restrained.

Poulenc’s wittily-written Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano is a punchy caricature of contrasting sections. Starting like a splash of cold water to the face, the work moves to ‘very sweet and melancholic’, before closing with rapturous fanfare.