The Aronowitz Ensemble: Magnus Johnston & Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Lily Francis & Tom Hankey (viola), Guy Johnston & Marie Macleod (cello) & Tom Poster (piano)
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The Aronowitz Ensemble’s second CD, recorded in the ideal acoustics of the Wigmore Hall, comprises three of our favourite works: Mendelssohn's ebullient second string quintet and Dvorák's incomparably radiant second piano quintet are perfectly complemented by Martin Suckling’s To See the Dark Between, which conjures brilliant, unique colours from our full septet line-up - a combination for which, to the best of our knowledge, no work existed prior to the Aronowitz Ensemble's formation. Jointly commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall in 2010, Martin’s work is here given its premiere recording.
Mendelssohn: String Quintet No.2 in B flat major, Op.87
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante scherzando
III. Adagio e lento
IV. Allegro molto vivace
Suckling: To See the Dark Between (2009)
To See the Dark Between
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Dumka. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro
“the outer movements of Mendelssohn's Second Quintet recapture a similar youthful experience to the famous Octet. This particular aspect of the work is strongly savoured in the Aronowitz Ensemble's spirited and vividly recorded performance...Equally compelling is their approach to Dvorak...[Suckling's] accessible and gripping one-movement work lasts barely ten minutes...But it seems to cover a tremendous amount of ground along the way”
“analysis is not immediately necessary for the enjoyment of [Suckling's] sharply conceived 10 minutes with some glittering textures setting piano against high, lightly screeching strings...The perofrmance of Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A is if anything more delectable...The Aronowitz players give it the most delicious lilt”
10th June 2012
“Their second disc centres around a recent commission, Martin Suckling's "To See the Dark Between", which has something of the effervescence of Mendelssohn's String Quintet No 2. Most notable, though, is how smoothly it opens into a soulful reading of Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A.”
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