Festival Concerts | June 9–16, 2019
Piano and Wind Quintets of Mozart and Beethoven
One of the world’s most exciting keyboard artists, Kristian Bezuidenhout is back for his eighth Boston Early Music Festival with an extraordinary quartet of virtuoso instrumentalists to present a blockbuster program of Mozart and Beethoven’s quintets for piano and winds. Demanding brilliant virtuosity from all players, Mozart wrote his father that he felt his Quintet in E-flat major, K. 452, was “the best thing I have ever written.” Beethoven may have agreed, as twelve years later he crafted his own masterpiece in the same key for this uncommon group of instruments, the Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16. Both works offer luscious orchestration, full of dynamic interplay between the piano and each of the wind instruments, bursting with warmth and exuberance.
“Above all, Bezuidenhout knows how to make a fortepiano sing.”
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano; Nicola Boud, clarinet; Emmanuel Laporte, oboe; Peter Whelan, bassoon; Bart Aerbeydt, natural horn