In April 1784, Mozart wrote to his father of his new Piano Quintet in E flat, "I myself consider if the best work I have written in my life till now." The work is scored for piano, oboe, bassoon, clarinet and horn - the only piece in Mozart's catalogue with this instrumentation - and is vibrantly concerto-like in its temperament and virtuosity. The Met Chamber Ensemble plays the Quintet on Sunday, December 17th at 5pm at Weill Recital Hall.
Also tonight, we'll hear less familiar works by Ernst Toch, Roy Harris, David Borden, Marco Uccelini and Harold Shapero. In addition, we'll round out the evening with some Baroque favorites, including Handel's Concerto Grosso No. 11 in A.