tom hardy

tom hardy

Blaze Ensemble perform Brahms Serenade No. 2 in A Op 16

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Blaze Ensemble conducted by George Vass perform Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A major Opus 16 Allegro moderato ~ Scherzo. Vivace - Trio ~ Adagio non troppo ~ Quasi menuetto - Trio ~ Rondo. Allegro Flutes: Hellen Wills, Marie Penny, Piccolo: Dan Dixon, Oboes: Sue Treherne, Dan Elson, Clarinets: Claire Baughan, Ian Noonan, Bassoons: Tom Hardy, Rosie Burton, Contrabasson: Mike Johnstone, Horns: Andy Feist, Cath Whalley, Jay Crossland, Violas: Johnny Davis, Alan Thorougood, Keith Berry, Rachel Boxall, Helen Sheldon, Cellos: Maud Hodson, Jim Hall, Roland Anderson, Double Bass: Peter Craik Brahms scored this, his second Serenade for Orchestra, for just double woodwind (plus a piccolo which plays only in the Finale), two horns, violas, cellos and basses. With no violins to give out or double thematic statements, almost all the principal melodies are assigned to the wind, and the violas are used with unusual freedom. The closely-knit first movement seems to grow organically from the initial statement of the first subject. There is no repeat of the exposition, instead Brahms feigns one by opening the development with a restatement of the first subject in the tonic. There follows a brief and uninhibited Scherzo in the manner of a fast country dance. The other dance movement in the work is the fourth, marked 'Quasi Menuetto', - delicate and pensive. These two movements enclose the Serenade's chief glory; the central Adagio non troppo, which is among the most poetic things that Brahms was ever to write. The movement is an elaborately worked-out ternary form, full of contrapuntal ingenuity, with a somberly dramatic central episode. But what stays in the memory is the shadowed, introspective lyricism, suffused with more than a hint of tragedy. The work ends with a good-humoured Rondo with a march-like main theme, in which the bright clear timbre of the piccolo plays an important part. Blaze Ensemble was established in 1997 and aims to give high quality chamber music concerts featuring a diverse range of works: from the baroque to the contemporary and popular mainstream repertoire through to the less familiar. It draws on a mix of professional and non-professional players from in and around London to perform from trios to large ensemble chamber works. The name derives from the group's association with the music production company, Blaze Music. Filmed by Richard Carruthers at St Peter's Church Notting Hill on 27th June 2011 at Music Chamber's concert series.