Poulenc Music for Piano and Wind
Music in the Round is Britain’s leading chamber music promoter outside London. Based in Sheffield, it began in 1984 as a two week long festival in its ‘in the round’ home of the Sheffield Theatres Studio. The Festival is still running along with Autumn and Spring series, a large and expanding education and community programme Music in the Community, a national touring programme, series across South Yorkshire and resident group Ensemble 360. Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of their playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences. Formed in 2005, as eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music in the Round establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist.
“Music in the Round has revolutionised the way people listen to music” Sean Rafferty - In Tune, BBC Radio 3 / 6121
“… for the emotional frankness, the liveliness of the tempi, the blending of the voices, the cohesion of ensembles, and the fun that the performers are having and conveying to the listener – Ensemble 360 contends with the best. These are ideal performances for this wonderfully buoyant music”
Music Web International, 2010
"I love the alertness of the playing on this disc. The ready wit and often a slightly understated subtlety that separates them from the players that perhaps overindulge Poulenc's spiky humour and brash harmonies. It's a lovely disc."
BBC Radio 3, CD Review, 2010