MOZART Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F K370
FINZI Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet in A minor Op.21
SALLY BEAMISH St. Andrew’s Bones
for violin, horn and piano
BRAHMS Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor Op.60
The spirited Oboe Quartet was written by Mozart for Friedrich Ramm, who was by all accounts an extraordinary oboist. It features subtle virtuosity and irresistible melodies from start to finish.
Last year Sally Beamish wrote a string quartet for the Elias Quartet, which was commissioned by, and premiered at, the BBC Proms, and for which she won a Royal Philharmonic Society award this year. Here Ensemble 360 performs her piece St. Andrew’s Bones, which draws on a thirteenth-century hymn, ninth-century Scottish bronze bells and the medieval horn, creating a stark and poignant echo across the centuries.
Brahms’s stormy Piano Quartet is full of tragedy and despair, and spans twenty years of his compositional career; he began writing it in 1855-56, and didn’t return to it until 1873, completing it in 1875.
Composer Sally Beamish chats to members of Ensemble 360.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the Autumn Series that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“With the sole exception of the Clarinet Quintet, the Brahms opus 60 is quite simply the most wonderful piece of chamber music that he ever wrote.”
“I have chosen the Brahms and Mozart because I love the combination of wind and strings. I think the Mozart in particular would be a great introduction for someone new to chamber music as it's so joyful and accessible - just full of great tunes!”
“The Mozart quartet for oboe and strings has the most beautiful slow movement. It is one of my favourite pieces of music.”
“Sally Beamish wrote a wonderful quartet for the Elias last year - I'm really looking forward to hearing some more of her music.”
“Finzi's music has always been a bit in the shadow of his more famous English contemporaries from between the wars - it's great to see MitR including his pieces in their programmes.”
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