Mozart: String Quintets K. 515 & K. 516 – Ébène Quartet, Antoine Tamestit

March 23, 2023, 9:00 am

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The Ebène Quartet welcomes a favorite colleague, viola player Antoine Tamestit, for two of Mozart’s six string quintets – No. 3 in C major, K. 515 and No. 4 in G minor, K. 516. Their last joint album, ‘Round Midnight, won a 2022 Gramophone Award for its thrilling exploration of diverse strands of 20th-century music. “When a fifth member joins the ensemble it is always cause for celebration,” explains Pierre Colombet, first violinist of the Ebène Quartet, “especially if it’s an additional viola to bring further roundness and warmth to the middle voices: the sound grows in substance and vibrancy – the quartet gains a marvellous complement. And a musician like Antoine always brings new ideas and wisdom to refresh or expand our vision of a work.”