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Schubert Ensemble: Quintets by Enescu & Schumann

Schubert Ensemble: Quintessentials
Music / Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One
£16.50 – £34.50 | Savers £9.50* / Multi-buy discounts available

PART 1: ‘Behind the Notes’

Short break (10 mins)

PART 2: 8:10pm approx.

Enescu Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 29

Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44

William Howard piano

Simon Blendis violin

Alexandra Wood violin

Douglas Paterson viola

Jane Salmon cello

Schumann’s warm, sunny quintet is probably the most popular in the entire repertoire. Written in 1842 in the romantic wake of his marriage to Clara, it is characterised by a sense of joy and exuberance that is easy to attribute to his love for his new wife, especially as it was written for her to play. With the exception of the dark, brooding slow movement, the piece is characterised by energetic, bubbling writing and long sweeping melodies, and its infectious charm has long affirmed its place as an audience favourite.

Enescu’s masterpiece was written in 1940, and was never heard by the composer, only being unearthed and first performed in the 1960s. Even then, Enescu’s genius was unjustly overlooked until a recent revival in interest, and this concert represents a rare chance to hear this extraordinary music live. Enescu’s language marries influences of Fauré, Debussy, Richard Strauss and Wagner with his own unique interpretation of Romanian folk music. Written in two parts, this quintet progresses from brooding intensity and soulful, fragmentary melody to a glorious, technicolour finale full of soaring lines and rhythmic vitality.

The Schubert Ensemble’s highly-acclaimed ‘Behind the Notes’ sessions will explore and illuminate the lesser known work, using live performance to strip down the music and reveal its inner workings.

On Schumann’s Quintet:
‘With impeccable balances that give each voice its due, a prevailing freedom from mannerisms and a technical polish throughout, this account of the Quintet is a major achievement.’ International Record Review

On Ensecu’s Quintet:
‘A superb performance, alive to the music’s every nuance… a very special release.’ BBC Music Magazine
‘deep and intelligent musicianship… listeners can return to this superb disc at will, secure in the knowledge that their musical experience has been distinctly enhanced.’ International Record Review
Scintillating performances… playing that is ardent but never splays under pressure, remaining focused and above all communicative… a highly recommended release.’ The Strad

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