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Francois Leleux Reed Trio

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

RNCM Concert Hall, 26 September 2011

Another classy concert arranged by the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, this one perhaps best described as cheery and honey-hued.

Why so?  Well, because the programme of music – which included works by Saint-Saëns, Dutilleux, Jolivet, Poulenc and (unusually) Beethoven – was intended to delight, entertain and amuse rather than to convey profound emotion.  Sometimes profound emotion is not what you want; it can gnaw at and ravage the soul.

Anyway, those aesthetes with a sweet tooth were well served and, let’s be frank, the bassoon is an inherently amusing instrument due to both its appearance and sound.  Like an elephant’s trunk, it is both weird and wonderful.

The musicianship of Jean-François Duquesnoy, brandisher of said bassoon, was superb and his companions, François Leleux on oboe and Emmanuel Strosser on piano, were on a par with him.

Vive le basson!