“Nuanced, organic and cohesive … — The New York Times
“Their sound is sweet and pure; their ensemble work airtight.”— The Washington Post
Alexander Glazunov’s expansive Idyll opens this program by the chamber ensemble of the venerable Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a subgroup of the main ensemble which has developed a uniquely cohesive sound over decades of collaboration. Jean Françaix’s spirited, witty octet was written in 1972 for Willi Boskovsky’s Vienna Octet as a companion to the Schubert Octet. The piece has soaring melodies and a sly nod to Boskovsky’s tenure as director of the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra: a finale that is an unapologetically Straussian waltz. Finally, Schubert’s own octet—the greatest work written for this instrumentation. Though largely lighthearted, it contains virtuosic writing for each player and an Adagio of breathtaking beauty.