Berlin Philharmonic Quintet launches CMB Oct 23

  • Oct 15, 2011
In the opening concert of the Chamber Music@Beall series, listeners will have the opportunity to hear rarely-performed music from an ensemble with a long-established pedigree. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is the first permanent wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich chamber music tradition. Founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the ensemble has thrived under the productive and influential leadership of the orchestra’s most recent music directors, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. Its five players (four of whom are original members) regularly astonish audiences with their range of expression, tonal spectrum, and virtuosity. It’s uncommon to hear this instrumentation in concert—the Berliners are the first wind quintet on the series in more than three years—and rarer still to hear music performed at this high level. The Quintet begins the Eugene program with an arrangement of one of Mozart’s playful works for mechanical organ, the “Clockwork Fantasy” arranged by flutist Michael Hasel. Tickets start at $17. Order online, by phone, or in person through the Hult Center or University of Oregon ticket offices. Excerpts from Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet CDs on the BIS label. Read All