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Beethoven Variations on La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni Beethoven Adagio und Allegro für eine Spieluhr Mozart Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Wind K452 Saint-Saens Caprices sur les airs danois et russes Poulenc Sextet The Haffner Wind Ensemble, lead by oboist Nicholas Daniel, is drawn from key figures in British musical life. The group has recorded extensively and has many commissions to its name during its 14 year career. The Quintet is Mozart’s first and only attempt at such a combination of instruments and is an emotional work and example of his mature style. The writing for piano is as complex and technically demanding as that of his concertos. It took Poulenc seven years to write his Sextet. He wrote the piano part for himself and as the piece develops, the piano again takes a central role with winds playing variations of lively, energetic themes. Two light-hearted early works by Beethoven open this concert. "their playing is full of spontaneity" The Times