Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Christ Church
New Market Road


Joseph HaydnString Quartet no.43 in G major, Op.54 no.1, Hob III:58
Johannes BrahmsClarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115


Bristol Ensemble

Programme Note

Despite announcing his retirement months earlier, Brahms wrote his meltingly beautiful clarinet quintet after hearing the playing of clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, to whom the work is dedicated. Brahms calls on classical structures but the piece is visionary in the way the thematic material is developed. Equally experimental is Haydn’s String Quartet Op.54 No.1, one of the ‘Tost’ quartets in which the composer explored new forms, new ways to employ combinations of instruments within the ensemble, and new harmonies.

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