On 9 April we will be broadcasting performances of Mozart's and Beethoven's Quintets for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn with members of the RSNO and Scottish born Susan Tomes, one of today's foremost chamber musicians. The Mozart comes from his miracle year of 1784 when, among other things, he composed six (yes six) of his greatest piano concertos. He was particularly pleased with this quintet, writing to his father 'I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life.' And indeed it is remarkable, on the scale of a concerto but with the unique sound that a purely wind ensemble brings. Only 12 years later the 26 year old Beethoven wrote a tribute piece to the master with the same scoring. The piano writing has much more young man's bravura, but the wind writing shows the scale idiomatic understanding of the instruments' capabilities. It is hard to understand why these pieces are not more regularly programmed, so don't miss the opportunity to see and hear our filmed performance on 9 April.
Here are these wonderful pieces with the great Murray Perahia to whet your appetite.