Boston Symphony Chamber Players
October 19, 2014
The centerpiece of the opening program of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players' 2014-15 season is Nielsen's Wind Quintet, Op. 43, composed in 1922 for an outstanding Copenhagen ensemble. Arguably the finest wind quintet in the repertoire, the piece explores the characteristic personalities of each instrument alone and in ensemble. Particularly striking is the finale, a series of variations to the tune of one of Nielsen's own songs. The work is preceded by the Trio Sonata in G for flute, violin, and continuo, attributed to J.S. Bach but possibly composed by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. Closing the program is an arrangement of Brahms' Serenade No. 1 in D for winds and strings, one of the composer's least familiar orchestral works, reconstructed by Alan Boustead in the 1980s for what is presumed to be the original intended instrumentation. Although light in character, the Serenade was a major undertaking by Brahms, a kind of stand-in for a symphony he wouldn't finish until much later.