Contrasts Chamber Ensemble
Contrasts Chamber Ensemble

 

 

 

 

 

The addition of a second violin to our Popular Classical Quartet creates the possibility to perform the great clarinet quintets of Mozart, Brahms and Weber.

 

This is also the format for our very popular programme 'A Night in Vienna'.

The first half consists of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik & Clarinet Quintet. The second half is a selection of the lighter 19th century waltzes and polkas from 'The Strauss Family' and their contemporaries.

"Their innovative and exciting approach to music making has encouraged several composers to write or dedicate works to the group".

 

Peter Collins dedicated a large chamber song cycle 'Le Voyage', based on poems by Baudelaire, to Contrasts.

 

On their first foreign tour, Contrasts appeared on German television, and gave the international premiere of David Pedley's 'Partita', specially commissioned for the occasion.

Clarinet and String Quartet at Garden Party

 

The addition of a other wind and string players, make it possible to perform the major chamber works

of composers who favoured this exciting combination of sounds.

Sextets    -   Beethoven; Berwald; Bruck

Octets     -   Dvorak; Hindemith; Schubert; Spohr

Nonets     -  Brahms; Spohr; Stravinsky

12 inst.    -  Dvorak's Serenade Opus 44

 

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