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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

  • October 13, 2018
  • Baldwin Auditorium
  • 1336 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705
  • 8pm
  • $25, $10 Duke Students
  • (919) 660-3356

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Praised for its precise and energetic interpretations of larger-scale chamber works, the sound from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is so brilliant, it nearly glows. “Their sound is sweet and pure, their work airtight,” The Washington Post declares. Formed in 1967 by the venerable orchestra of the same name, the Chamber Ensemble has earned international distinction through an extensive and award-winning discography, world tours, and the virtuosity to play a wide range of classic and contemporary compositions. In Durham, the group offers a horn-centric program consisting of spirited takes on two twentieth-century gems and a Schubert masterwork. Carl Nielsen’s compact Serenata in vano transforms a melodic intertwining of clarinet and horn into a taut march underlined by double bass. Jean Francaix’s jovial Octet, written by the prolific French composer in Schubert’s honor, pairs naturally with the magnificent Octet in F Major, D. 803, the largest-scale chamber work Schubert ever wrote, scored for string quartet with double bass, bassoon, clarinet, and horn. PROGRAM Carl Nielsen: Serenata in vano, CNW 69 Jean Francaix: Octet Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803

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