Caprice Lunchtime Concert

12 May
Studio Theatre
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with ENSEMBLE 360

 SAINT-SAËNS Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs Op.79 for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
STRAVINSKY Three pieces for clarinet
TOM JAMES Wind Quintet Platform 4 commission for May Festival 2017
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Quintet in B flat for piano and wind

Saint-Saëns’ Caprice was written during the happiest and most creative period of his life; his Carnival of the Animals and famous ‘Organ’ Symphony were composed at the same time.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s charming Quintet, composed for a competition organised by the Russian Musical Society, was almost lost to posterity. “The jury disregarded my Quintet entirely. It fell into the hands of Cross, a mediocre sight-reader who made such a mess of it that the work was not even heard to the end.”

This concert will also be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

This concert is generously supported by a Friend of Music in the Round in celebration of a significant birthday


Music in the Round has commissioned the members of Sheffield’s professional composers collective, Platform 4 to each write a new work for this 2017 Festival, inspired by famous Russian repertoire. You can hear the new pieces performed alongside the works that inspired them in each programme.  Before and during the Festival, online and in person, the composers will be explaining and illustrating how they’re creating new music from great works. Find out more at

Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.

Don’t know where to start? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or come along to a Russia in the Round ‘taster’ concert on 11 March.

Running time: About 50 minutes
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