A Beautiful Blend Of Music

A relatively rare mixture of sound: a trio of piano, oboe, and bassoon, both pleased and entertained an audience at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Friday evening.

The Baltimore-based Poulenc Trio were the guest artists, part of the 2013-14 performance schedule of the Jamestown Concert Association.

The artists are Vladimir Lande, on oboe, Irina Kaplan on piano, and Bryan Young on bassoon. All three were gifted artists capable of drawing beautiful sound, delivered in technically perfect style from their instruments. Their program required sounds from every area of the instruments’ capacities, and the sound quality was solid and rich in every pitch.

The trio draws its name from ”Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon,” by French composer Francis Poulenc, which is probably the best known classical work to use their unusual combination of sounds, and they concluded their performance with that work, but their program ventured into works as diverse as a Baroque trio by Handel, a suite written in the 20th Century by Alfred Schnittke, but intended to resemble the popular musical style of the 17th Century, and a number of works composed to be part of the scores of various motion pictures. Indeed, they ended with an encore which was composed by film comic Charlie Chaplin, to accompany a scene in his film ”Modern Times.”

The two male members of the trio did all of the talking, and introduced each of the five works on their program, speaking briefly, but informatively. They parted from the printed program, during the latter part of the evening, to offer ”Trio Pathetique,” by Mikhail Glinka, in place of”Horizon Lines,” by contemporary composer Laura Kaminsky, and while the change was accompanied with a charming story about another performance at which they changed the program, it never really explained why they were making the change.

Since they’re scheduled to give the official premiere of ”Horizon Lines,” in April, perhaps the composer temporarily withdrew it, in order to make changes.

The evening’s music was often quite fast, and extremely difficult, both from the perspective of technique and of making the required sounds. The result was always enjoyable, and often dazzling.

The next performance in the current Jamestown Concert Association season will take place April 10 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, where Symphoria! the present day symphony of Syracuse, N.Y. will perform, with violin soloist Mayuko Kamio.