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On 17 March the Orchestra della Toscana String Quintet puts on a concert of the timeless music of Mozart and Brahms:
Daniele Giorgi, Patrizia Bettotti: violins
Pierpaolo Ricci, Caterina Cioli: violas
Augusto Gasbarri: cello
MOZART: String Quartet no. 3 in C major, K. 515
BRAHMS: String Quartet no. 2 in G major, op. 111
Produced by the Orchestra della Toscana Foundation
The series of Mozart quintets opens with the Quintet in C major, K. 515, and the Quintet in G minor, K. 516. Both were written around the same time, over a period of little more than a month, for which reason they are often known as the “twin quintets”. In them, Mozart explores all the possible combinations of five competing instruments, creating two works of notable breadth and complexity.
Brahms too composed a great deal of chamber music. We smile at the fact that for a while he thought his string quintet op.111, published in 1890, would be his last work, for in the following years he went on to produce some sublime music. But this quintet is among the best of Brahms’ output, thanks to its beauty of invention, formal coherence and richly enigmatic tone.
Duration: 1 hour