Russian Romantics



Concert Cancelled: Russian Romantics

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Russian Romantics on Thursday 2 December has been cancelled.

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Event details

‘Omega Ensemble more than lives up to the hype.’ – Limelight Magazine

About this concert

The three Rs – Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Rimsky-Korsakov – define music in late Russian romanticism. But off the orchestral stage there’s more to be discovered in their powerful and lesser known chamber works. A rare example of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s departure from orchestral writing, the attention-grabbing Quintet for Piano and Winds embodies the powerful rhythms and boastful textures of the composer’s larger works but jam-packed into an ensemble of just five. Anton Rubinstein’s work of the same name presents itself as a strong challenger, in which the virtuosic writing for the piano amply reflects the composer’s recognition in his own lifetime as one of the world’s greatest pianists. These two masterworks are accompanied by an even rarer work from the great Sergei Rachmaninoff’s, whose Romances are one of only seven chamber works written by the composer, and presented here in a special arrangement for clarinet by Artistic Director David Rowden.

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Anton Rubinstein
Quintet for Piano and Winds in F, Op. 55

Sergei Rachmaninoff – arr. D. Rowden
2 Romances for Clarinet

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Quintet for Piano and Winds in B-flat


Sally Walker flute
David Rowden clarinet & Artistic Director
Gergely Malyusz horn
Matthew Kneale bassoon
Clemens Leske piano


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