Elixir Ensemble

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Event Title: Elixir Ensemble
  • Region: Prairie
  • Venue / Location: Emmanuel Anglican Church, 609 Dufferin Ave., Saskatoon
  • Time: 2:30pm
  • Price: $10-25
  • Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1-9 Performers)
  • External Link: http://www.elixirensemble.com/
Description:

Stephen Chatman (1950- ): Lawren Harris Suite
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Piano Quintet in D minor Op. 89
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Piano Quintet in E flat Major Op. 44

Three landscape paintings of the celebrated Lawren Harris, one of the famous Group of Seven artists, are musically evoked in this Canadian work by Stephen Chatman. The Fauré Quartet is a mature work that seems to mirror subtly changing moods, from sweet melancholy – perhaps regret – to a bubbly and lucid finale. His flowing textures bring to mind the beautiful colours and plays of light of a Renoir painting.

The Schumann piano quintet, a favourite in the repertoire, is alternately brilliant and impulsive and serenely lyrical, as was his personality. A study in emotional extremes, a halting funeral march gives way to unbounded energy and affirmation, ending in a fanfare!

Performers:
Oxana Ossiptchouk, violin
Joan Savage, violin
James Legge, viola
Scott McKnight, cello
Kathleen Solose, piano