Scottish Ensemble: Chamber Notes with Matthew Hunt (clarinet)
Thu 30 Aug 2018
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Clarinet Quintet in A major
Clarinet Quintet in B minor
John Luther Adams
The Wind in High Places [movement 2]
Scottish Ensemble is the UK's leading string orchestra; a collective of outstanding musicians championing music for strings, crossing genres, styles and art forms to make new connections and offer fresh perspectives.
On Thursday 30 August, Scottish Ensemble will be joined by one of the UK's most distinctive clarinettists, Matthew Hunt, for a concert exploring the power of chamber music through the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms.
Both composers wrote just one clarinet quintet each, both in the final years of their lives. But it’s their inherent quality and charm, not only their solitary status, which has always made these quintets stand out amongst each composer’s repertoire. Mozart’s is now not only one of his best-known pieces, but one of the most cherished in the clarinet repertoire, and it’s easy to see why: moments of understated virtuosity bloom from a soft, calm, mellow beauty. Brahms’ quintet – modelled on Mozart’s, as so many of his works are – is similarly autumnal in mood, with waves of contemplative major and melancholic minor moods shifting like sunlight.