The woodwinds are arguably the most versatile family of instruments in the orchestra, supremely lyrical, virtuosic, and capable of a dazzling array of colours.
The winds of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (and a member joining from our French horn section) showcase their talents and extraordinary range of colour in an oboe trio by Australian master Paul Stanhope and through the devilishly French wit of a duo sonata for bassoon and clarinet by Francis Poulenc (premiered at the same theatre that saw the Rite of Spring riot).
Samuel Barber’s Summer Music for wind quintet is a classic of the genre. Bluesy, languid and mysterious, it distills the essence of summertime heat.
A folk-inflected modernism inspires the changing moods of lament, lyricism and pure vivacious fun in György Ligeti’s Bagatelles.