Susan Tomes in Bantry House - June, 2001

from Visiting Ireland: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, June 2001, page 105:

The evening concert begins with a superb Mozart wind octet played by the Paris-Bastille octet. Afterwards, when I go to congratulate François Leleux, their marvellous oboist, someone asks him how they play such lovely soft staccato chords. He replies that the try to think like string players and use their breath as a string player would use the bow, preparing for the note with a graceful upbeat which cause the 'attack' to begin with the right sound. He says that in good music, there's natural tension in the phrase, and 'you don't need to put your own tension on top of the tension in …   more >>

cite as

Susan Tomes, Visiting Ireland: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, June 2001. In Beyond the notes : journeys with chamber music (Woodbridge, 2004), p. 105. accessed: 25 February, 2024

location of experience: Bantry House


Susan Tomes
Pianist, Writer

Listening to

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Serenade for wind octet, unspecified
written by Mozart
performed by Paris-Bastille Octet

Experience Information

Date/Time June, 2001
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


An evening experience.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:52:25 +0100
Approved on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:56:18 +0100