A concert which pairs youthful works by English composers Frank Bridge and his pupil Benjamin Britten. Written when the composer was just 19, Britten's Phantasy oboe quartet is full of flamboyant and lyrical writing which today's oboist Nicholas Daniel describes as "a virtuoso piece in every respect". Britten honoured his mentor with two sets of variations - the famous set for string orchestra - and this newly-rediscovered piano piece. Bridge's own Piano Quintet was written before the events of the First World War cast a shadow over his creative outlook.
Britten: Phantasy for oboe and string trio
Bridge: Three Idylls for string quartet - No. 2
Britten: Piano Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (London premiere)
Bridge: Piano Quintet
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Tom Poster (piano)