Amici Ensemble returns
One of New Zealand’s most popular quintets is playing at Greytown Music Group’s last concert of the year this Sunday.
Amici Ensemble was formed in 1988 by NZSO assistant concertmaster Donald Armstrong, and is committed to performing works of all periods for differing combinations of instruments from the very small to the very large.
As the name suggests, the members of the ensemble are great friends, and also colleagues, from principal chairs of the NZSO. They are joined for this concert by well known international pianist Jian Liu.
The ensemble will be performing the beautiful Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert. NZSO member Donald Armstrong, who plays the violin said The Trout Quintet is one of the most sublime pieces ever written.
‘‘It uses the unusual combination of piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The centre of the work is a set of variations based on a Schubert song, The Trout, where young ladies are warned to be careful of young men fishing.’’
Rounding out an appealing programme is Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2, and Rossini Duo for Cello and Double Bass. Rossini, mostly known as a composer of opera, wrote the Duo for a rich banker in 1825, to be played at his London mansion. It is full of gorgeous tunes, using the lyricism of the cello and the liveliness of the double bass.
As Armstrong says: ‘‘ Come and hear this programme, there is something for everyone.’’
This year’s ensemble includes a truly international group of players.
Amici Ensemble: 4pm Sunday 8 October, at 57 Wood Street, Greytown, admission $25 adults, $10 students. Bookings are essential. Phone Ed and Juliet Cooke on 06 304 9497 to reserve a seat.