Romantic Airs Review

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The Aire Ensemble Trio
Dvorak, 2 Slavonic Dances; Brahms, Clarinet Sonata opus120 no 2; Jenner, Trio for Piano, Clarinet and French Horn.
Daniel Roberts (piano), Deborah Penningon (clarinet), Walter Coupe (French horn)
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This is a delightful short concert for lovers of the clarinet and French Horn. At 5.30 pm it is wonderfully timed as a prelude to a busy evening ahead. St Mark’s in Castle Terrace is smaller inside than most churches, and so just the right size for this exquisite classical music treat.

Deborah Pennington on the clarinet played with great style in all three pieces. It was her own arrangement for the two Dvorak Slavonic Dances. They were bright and cheery and deserve a place in the repertoire. Daniel Roberts on the Weinbach piano for all three pieces accompanied the clarinet for the three movements of Brahms Clarinet Sonata. Whilst the South African, Walter Coupe, now working in the law in Leeds, showed us his skill and confidence on the French Horn in the first and last pieces. The last was written by Jenner (1865-1920) who was Brahms' only acknowledged composition pupil. And what's more, claimed to be related to the founder of Edinburgh famous department store.

What was so good was just how professionally they went about their music making. They have only been together for a year. Daniel Roberts has a very comforting manner which added to the joy of the sixty five minutes.

Saturday 7 August and Thursday 12 August, 5.30 pm

£7 (£5)