The faculty chamber ensemble from Eastern Kentucky University performed the wind sextet by Francis Poulenc with clarity and precision. Fast tempi were crisp and brilliant, and clarinetist Connie Rhoades navigated treacherous passagework with aplomb. The ensemble played beautifully together, executing difficult entrances effortlessly. Pianist Alexis Ignatiou played with a beautifully soft touch in the slow movement, and the entire ensemble played the last movement with energy and excitement, bringing Poulenc’s colorful wind writing to life.
The Webster Trio, originally slated to appear, unfortunately canceled and did not perform on this program.
–Notes by Michael Rowlett
Michael Rowlett is the assistant Professor of Clarinet at The University of Mississippi. You can find his CD Close to Home: Music of American Composers on Amazon and Albany Records.