Boston Chamber Music Orchestra Concert- Britten & Beethoven
Phantasy Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quintet in C major, Op. 29
A phantasy is a short piece of music that is written in the spirit of spontaneity and freedom, two qualities which are evident in Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for oboe and string trio. Simultaneously, the nineteen year-old Britten achieves an impressive matureness of expression in this twelve-minute jaunt around the composer’s imagination.
High and low string voices whirl tumultuously in the final movement of Beethoven’s only original and full-length String Quintet in C major, which is appropriately nicknamed “The Storm.”