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Omega Ensemble - Russian Romantics

The three Russian Rs - Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Rimsky-Korsakov - leave so much more to be discovered in their rare and powerful chamber music.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

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A spectacular face-off between giants of Russian Romanticism

A rare example of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s departure from orchestral writing, the attention-grabbing Quintet for Piano and Winds embodies the powerful rhythms and boastful textures of the composer's larger works but jam-packed into an ensemble of just five. Anton Rubinstein’s work of the same name presents itself as a strong challenger, in which the virtuosic writing for the piano amply reflects the composer’s recognition in his own lifetime as one of the world’s greatest pianists. These two masterworks are accompanied by an even rarer work from the great Sergei Rachmaninoff's, whose Romances are one of only seven chamber works written by the composer, and presented here in a special arrangement for clarinet by Artistic Director David Rowden.
 

PROGRAM
Anton Rubenstein Quintet for Piano and Winds in F major, Op. 55
Sergei Rachmaninoff 2 Romances for Clarinet (arr. D. Rowden)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Quintet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major

ARTIST INFORMATION
David Rowden Clarinetist / Artistic Director
Sally Walker Flute
Matthew Kneale Bassoon
Gergely Malyusz Horn
Clemens Leske Piano

Presented by Omega Ensemble

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