Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major | Schubert Erlkönig | Schubert String Quintet in C major
The now traditional NCO soloists concert in April features our regular string quartet who will be joined this year by our principal clarinet, Liz Jordan and one of our Associate Artists, baritone and cellist, Matthew Sharp. The concert opens with Mozart’s magnificent Clarinet Quintet, a piece redolent of the golden warmth of Così fan Tutte. The two works were composed almost side by side it seems and the original sketch for the finale of the quintet became “Ah, lo veggio”. Matthew Sharp, an extraordinary musician and performer, will then make an appearance first as baritone soloist in Schubert’s haunting Erlkönig, before then reappearing with cello in hand after the interval to join the NCO soloists for a performance of Schubert’s C major string quintet, the slow movement of which, Artur Rubinstein famously described as depicting “the entrance to Heaven”.