Thursday 19 Oct 2017, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin

Richard Waters viola

Karen Stephenson cello

Richard Birchall cello

Timothy Rundle oboe

Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major

Arensky String Quartet No. 2 Op. 35

Music alive with unbridled joy frames scenes of poignant remembrance in the opening programme of the 2017/18 Philharmonia Chamber Players series.

Emerging from a simple melody, Mozart’s concerto-like celebration of the oboe leaps and sparkles. Written for the virtuoso oboist Friedrich Ramm in 1781, Mozart used this opportunity to showcase the agility of the instrument – brief moments of calm in the aria-like second movement give way to a joyous finale.

Arensky’s Second String Quartet is dedicated to the memory of his close friend Tchaikovsky. Unusually scored for two cellos, the rich, dark sonorities reveal the composer’s loss, coming to a moving climax in the second movement, which Arensky built on the Legend melody from Tchaikovsky’s Songs for Children.

The full Orchestra performs works by Mozart and Scheherazade by Arensky’s contemporary, Rimsky-Korsakov, in the evening programme at 7.30pm.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series