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Music In The Round: Mozart: Ensemble 360
Mozart Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F K370
Finzi Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet in A minor Op.21
Sally Beamish St. Andrew’s Bones for violin, horn and piano
Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor Op.60
The spirited Oboe Quartet was written by Mozart for Friedrich Ramm, who was by all accounts an extraordinary oboist. It features subtle virtuosity and irresistible melodies from start to finish.
Last year Sally Beamish wrote a string quartet for the Elias Quartet, which was commissioned by, and premiered at, the BBC Proms, and for which she won a Royal Philharmonic Society award this year. Here Ensemble 360 performs her piece St. Andrew’s Bones, which draws on a thirteenth-century hymn, ninth-century Scottish bronze bells and the medieval horn, creating a stark and poignant echo across the centuries.
Brahms’s stormy Piano Quartet is full of tragedy and despair, and spans twenty years of his compositional career; he began writing it in 1855-56, and didn’t return to it until 1873, completing it in 1875.
Image © David Shapiro
Ensemble 360 has quickly gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of the members’ playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences.
Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music In The Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist. The members believe in concerts being informal, friendly and relaxed occasions, and perform 'in the round' wherever possible. Having an audience on all four sides brings with it an intimacy and immediacy between musician and audience that other layouts cannot match.
'Eleven international musicians, brimming with body and soul with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze' (The Independent)
'The emotional chemistry was manifestly unusual... pure magic' (The Sunday Telegraph).
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