Recital: Blaze Ensemble
Paul Guinery – piano
Alex Postlethwaite – violin
Andrew Rodgers – viola
Maud Hodson – cello
Claire Baughan – clarinet
Andy Feist – horn
Sextet in C major Op 37 (1935)
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Allegro con sentimento
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace, giocoso
Blaze Ensemble is a London-based chamber ensemble, whose performances range from works for small wind ensemble through to chamber orchestra. The ensemble was formed in 1997 and currently gives up to nine concerts each season. In its inaugural concert, Blaze performed Mozart’s Kegelstadt Trio and Dohnanyi’s Sextet for Piano, Strings and Wind. The group is delighted to be reprising the Dohnanyi in its first St Bride’s concert of 2021.
Blaze Ensemble performs in all the major lunchtime recital venues in central London. Recent performances have taken place at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Bride’s, St James’s Piccadilly and St Olave’s in the City.
As well performing staples from the wind and string chamber ensemble repertoire, Blaze has commissioned new works from the UK’s most established contemporary composers. In recent seasons, Blaze has given the first London performance of Chris Gunning’s Concertino for Flute and small orchestra (at St Bride’s), and the first performance of Adrian Sutton’s ‘Montana Peaks’ for chamber ensemble. Blaze has also performed several premieres of works by Paul Pritchard including ‘Imaginarium’, Two Irish Songs and Other Dances’, and ‘Fire Dances’.
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