Mozart was never at a loss for musical ideas. He could toss off a brilliant quartet while he was waiting for the breakfast toast to pop. So he rarely ever had to use the same material twice. But both of these works served him again in composing string quintets; he knew when he had a good thing. Indeed. they are both gems. The performances were luminous and gorgeous – transparent as only wind ensembles can be. Everyone I spoke with loved the first oboe especially. So, these works and the performances could not have been more satisfying. But in this space we never talk about programming; we seem to treat this as a taboo topic. Well, here goes. Much as we’d hate to let go of either of these Mozart works, would you have preferred a stylistically somewhat more diverse program -- works that were not written a mere few years apart? Many other composers have written wonderful stuff for winds. Would you perhaps have liked to hear something by Dvorak or Richard Strauss or even Stravinsky or Poulenc along with one Mozart Serenade – and saved the other for next year? Honk if you vote yes.
Posted: 3/22/15 -- 10:03 pm