Mozart himself considered his quintet for piano, horn, oboe, clarinet and bassoon “the best work I have ever written…” Precisely written for a small ensemble it explores the numerous various permutations of instruments to produce different sonorities. Similarly he exploits the deeper registers of the horn, two violas and cello in the Horn Quintet. Full of gentle, amiable music, it has been compared to a miniature horn concerto: the horn frequently given a starring role. Brahms’ famous Horn Trio is a work of considerable significance within the composer’s output. Noble, with a hint of melancholy and mystery, it makes for a multi-faceted rather than a one-dimensional experience.
Felix Klieser is the BSO’s Artist-in-Residence for 2021-2123.