The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players present two unique quintets in their “Fifth Element” concert. Principal clarinetist Christine Bellomy performs Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major with violinists Violetta Todorova and Karla Galva, violist Jenwei Yu, and cellist Carey Bostian. Written for clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann, like most of Weber’s clarinet works, it is considered a “pocket concerto” where the strings support the clarinetist rather than share an equal weight.
Timothy Weddle joins the string quartet on double bass for Dvořák’s Quintet in G major for two violins, viola, cello and bass. Dvořák’s unique instrumentation gives the cellist more freedom to partake in thematic lines, whereas in a traditional string quartet it is generally confined to providing harmonic support. Tune in to Symphonies of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio on Sunday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. and Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Christine Bellomy, clarinet
Violetta Todorova, violin
Karla Galva, violin
Jenwei Yu, viola
Carey Bostian, cello
Timothy Weddle, double bass
WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major
DVOŘÁK Quintet in G major for two violins, viola, cello and bass
(Concert recorded May 8-10, 2015)