The Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra starts the season 2019-2020 performing Schumann’s piano quintet, one of the most beloved chamber works of the the romantic era. It’s form, being both dramatic and spectacular, features a counterpoint which melds the different themes from various movements into a complete whole. Fervent and sensitive melodies are also characteristic of Schumann and the piece builds up a passion that is unique in the chamber music literature.
The humorous Sextet by Poulenc which is one of the most popular pieces for winds, is also on the program and the wind quintet, Trois pièces brèves by Ibert.
The sextet is full of jazzy humor that could have sprung from the cafes and bars of Paris. In between are irresistable melodies typical of Poulenc. It is interesting how well he writes for each instrument and how he magically creates different colors for this ensemble.