Guest cellist Howard Penny joins Omega Ensemble in a performance of Schubert’s ultimate String Quintet in C Major.
Scored unusually for two violins, viola and two cellos, and completed during the final weeks of Schubert's life, the ‘Cello Quintet’ ranks among the composer’s greatest accomplishments. Even at the end of his career Schubert revolutionised the art of writing for strings in a small ensemble.
With some of his most sober, tragic writing, like Schubert, Mendelssohn’s quintet displays a continually evolving style at the end of the composer's life, freeing himself from classical embellishments and pursuing dramatic expression.
This performance also includes the Australian premiere of British composer David Bruce’s Gumboots, for clarinet and string quartet - a tender and delightful piece celebrating the rejuvenating power of dance.
“…an impeccable sense of balance.” Limelight Magazine
Bruce Gumboots for clarinet and string quartet (2008) [Australian Premiere]
Schubert String Quintet in C major, Op.163, D.956 'Cello Quintet'
Mendelssohn String Quintet No.2 in B flat major, Op.87
Veronique Serret violin
Airena Nakamura violin
Neil Thompson viola
David Wicks viola
Howard Penny cello
Paul Stender cello
David Rowden clarinet/bass clarinet
City Recital Hall Member $107.10
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