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THE GALLIARD ENSEMBLE
7:30 pm on Wednesday 19 July 2017
The former BBC New Generation Artists and critically acclaimed chamber group will give a beautifully blended programme of better-known classics as well as slightly lesser-known music and one piece which is completely unheard and will receive its world premiere. The Galliard Ensemble will be joined on stage by the composer himself, on BASS clarinet. (If you don't know, it makes an awesome sound, just in case the capital letters haven't already said enough.)
The Galliard Ensemble is frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and internationally, and their recordings have been selected by the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and BBC Radio 3 in critics' choices of outstanding releases. As far as wind quintets go, or chamber ensembles go, you don't get much better than this.
"Pure pleasure [...]. This in short is wind quintet playing of great distinction [...]. From this admirably recorded disc you also get a very good idea of how enjoyable the Galliard's public concerts must be. Strongly recommended.’"
"Top calibre performers shining the beam of their musicality on an unequivocal masterpiece."
Barry Millington, London Evening Standard
"The variations movement was splendidly controlled [...]. Also impressive was their intonation and conductorless unanimity."
Richard Morrison, The Times
The Daily Telegraph
"Taut and well rehearsed."
The Financial Times
"One of the highlights (of the Presteigne Festival) was the Galliard Ensemble."
Paul Conway, The Independent
"The Galliard Ensemble gave a distinguished recital of music for wind quintet. Its programme centred on the 20th century, when the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn enjoyed a renaissance, but an adaptation of Mozart's B flat major Adagio K411 (originally for clarinets and basset-horns) caught the music's solemn serenity.
Elsewhere, in Ibert's Trois Pieces Breves, Ligeti's Six Bagatelles and Nielsen's Quintet, it was the Galliard's vivacity, polish and well-harnessed energy that gave the recital such a boost. There was keen rapport here in music that is basically good-natured but makes diverse demands, and the Galliard's way with it was wily and winning." (BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert)
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph