P1000416Crowning a busy few weeks – too busy even to add any new blog entries – I spent the last few days of March with colleagues in Ensemble DeNOTE recording our latest Album: a pairing of Beethoven’s own arrangements of his Septet as a Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.38, and of his Piano and Winds Quintet as a Piano Quartet, Op.16. Both works are far more than ‘mere’ arrangements: each work masterfully explores the possibility of making the same music speak in different ways. And making this music speak on period instruments is a real joy – especially when making music with lovely colleagues Marcus Barcham-Stevens, Peter Collyer, Ruth Alford and Jane Booth. None of this would be possible without the skills of the instrument makers, including Daniel Bangham (‘Grenser’ clarinet) and Paul McNulty (‘Walter’ fortepiano); expert tuner/technician Edmund Pickering; and Sound Engineer Adrian Hunter. I can’t wait for the CD!