Estimated duration

2 h


Radion sinfoniaorkesteri

Fàtima Boix Cantó, artistic planning and clarinet
Yuki Koyama, flute
N.N., oboe
Tuukka Vihtkari, bassoon
Jouko Laivuori, piano

Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
Gabriel Pierné: Solo de Concert
Darius Milhaud: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano
Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Jean-Michel Damase: Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano

Lili Boulanger’s “D’un Matin de Printemps” embodies the post-war optimism of early 20th-century France. Originally composed as a duet for violin and piano in 1917, it captures the essence of a fresh spring morning with delicate melodies and pastoral imagery. Adapted into a trio for violin, cello, and piano the same year, and later for flute and piano, it stands as a testament to Boulanger’s versatility.

Gabriel Pierné’s “Solo de Concert” for bassoon and piano showcases the composer’s virtuosic prowess as both a pianist and a composer. Written in 1935, this piece highlights Pierné’s ability to seamlessly blend intricate technical passages with lyrical beauty, making it a staple in the repertoire for bassoon performance.

Darius Milhaud’s “Sonate for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano”, composed in 1918, showcases his groundbreaking experimentation with polytonality and jazz-inspired rhythms, reflecting the vibrant cultural scene of early 20th-century Paris.

Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano” was completed in 1926 and is celebrated for its charming melodies and witty character. Poulenc, known for his unique blend of neoclassical elegance and modern sensibility, infuses this trio with playful interplay between the instruments, creating a delightful listening experience.

Jean-Michel Damase’s “Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano” contributes a modern touch to the program. Composed in 1991, this piece showcases Damase’s distinctive lyrical style and his skill in crafting chamber music. It seamlessly blends elements of classical refinement with innovative modernity, reflecting the musical landscape of late 20th-century France. Damase’s quartet offers a captivating synthesis of traditional chamber music structures with contemporary harmonies and rhythmic complexities, demonstrating his mastery in navigating both classical and modern idioms.