10/12/09 Department of Music and Arts Concert Hall
The Indy Wind Quintet, a group that qualifies for the "Young" part of
the title because of their short history, sounded like an ensemble in
its starting stages. The group's sound felt unsettled; the balance was
off, some rhythmic gestures didn't land right. Despite the ensemble
problems, the program the group put together was rather interesting.
Malcolm Arnold's Three Shanties
lightened up the concert with its fun
and quirky setting of English sea songs. While Ferenc Farkas' Early
Hungarian Dances featured a more jaunty, dance-like sound from the
group. But, it was Charles Lefebvre's Canon
where the group sounded
the best. The blending and group playing on this piece was far better
than the rest of the concert. Overall, the players sounded good
individually and on soloistic passages, but it seems like they
need a little time to settle into their sound as a whole.