Gewandhaus Brass Quintet
If you have ever experienced the broad stylistic range of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintet combined with their infectious verve, you only want to hear more and more of the imaginative music as interpreted by these five solo brass players from the Gewandhaus Orchestra. They bring the rich musical diversity of their instruments to bear in unusual and off-beat programmes: ranging from the brilliant sound of the baroque, through the breath-taking rhythms of modern compositions, right down to their jazzy groove. Wherever they make an appearance, listeners are dazzled with their charm, impressed with their musical drive and mesmerised with their unbounded virtuoso playfulness.
The Gewandhaus Brass Quintet was founded 2005 as the Leipzig Chamber Brass and its musicians are all instrumentalists who have been awarded many times over. They not only have engagements in the Gewandhaus Orchestra; they are also soloists in their own right. The Gewandhaus Brass Quintet is the youngest of only three chamber music ensembles that has permission to bear the designation Gewandhaus in their names (that is, next to the orchestra and the two choirs). It is the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister who awards this title that vouches for the quality of the ensemble.
Since it was founded, the five quickly garnered an outstanding reputation. The CD that came out in 2009 near Genuin (89142) gives an impression of the many-faceted nature of the sound of these brass players and the versatility of the many works for this formation. The Gewandhaus Brass Quintet shows the abundance of acoustic colours that these five brass players demonstrate ranging from the humoristic collection of scurrilous characters in Jan Koetsier’s Circus March, through Witold Lutoslawski’s Mini Ouverture flaring up forcefully, including Bach’s and Albinoni’s brilliant baroque tones, right down to Debussy’s iridescent impressionism, the grand-scale Romantic quintet of Viktor Ewald and the tenderness of Brahms’ lullaby.