Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola
Van Kuijk Quartet

Brahms String Quintet No 2, Op. 111 (30’)
Mozart String Quintet No 4 in G minor, K 516 (35’)
Vieuxtemps Capriccio in C minor “Hommage à Paganini Op. 55 (3’)
Paganini Number 14 from 24 Caprices for Violin Op. 1 (1’)
Ysäye Sonata No 3 (8’)
Webern Langsamer Satz (10’)

The addition of a second viola to the standard string quartet formation adds a wonderfully rich sonority to the two major works in the Van Kuijk Quartet’s second Cheltenham outing. Mozart’s ambitious opening movement inspired Schubert’s great two-cello Quintet, while the piece that Brahms intended to be his final work features the composer’s favourite stringed instrument in a glorious viola duet slow movement. The viola’s versatility is further demonstrated in three exhilarating solo miniatures by Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad.

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