Bruckner's String Quintet in F Major

With Béatrice Muthelet, Renaud Capuçon, Aki Saulière, Lars Anders Tomter and Gautier Capuçon – Bel-Air Festival 2009

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Renaud Capuçon — Violinist

Aki Saulière — Violinist

Béatrice Muthelet — Violist

Lars-Anders Tomter — Violist

Gautier Capuçon — Cellist

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At the Bel Air Festival in 2009, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, accompanied by Aki Saulière (violin), Béatrice Muthelet and Lars-Anders Tomter (viola), perform Anton Bruckner's String Quintet in F Major.

Founded by the French violinist Renaud Capuçon, the Bel-Air Festival gathers each year in a friendly atmosphere, the big names of classical music but also gives a chance to young musicians. At the same time artistic director and performer, Renaud Capuçon succeeds with this festival to play music with friends and share his passion for music to the audience.

Composed on the commission of the Austrian violinist and composer Joseph Hellmesberger, the String Quintet in F Major seems to be more a composition exercice than a concerto work in Bruckner's repertoire. Yet, this chamber work is highly expressive and reveals all the artistic research led by the composer, who worked to develop in a harmonic way the palette of semitones. The music critic Wilhelm Altmann told about him: "If the only thing Bruckner had ever written for string instruments had been the slow movement to his string quintet, his reputation would have been secured for all time."

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