Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285
Lorna McGhee, flute / Kristóf Baráti, violin / David Harding, viola / Robert deMaine, cello
Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119
James Ehnes, violin / Orion Weiss, piano
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
Andrew Wan, violin / Matthew Lipman, viola / Daniel Müller-Schott, cello / Piers Lane, piano
Mozart wanted to find more lucrative work when these flute quartets were commissioned, but he still gave them his full attention, creating a beautiful flute solo that rivals any in the canon.
Poulenc’s sonata veers from previous works of this form because he did not particularly like the sound of a solo violin. Instead there is an equal balance between instruments compared to many other sonatas.
The piano quartet was still a relatively new ensemble of musicians in Brahms’ day and his second piano quartet is massive in scope. The first movement is filled with memorable melodies and the adagio is quintessential Romanticism.