It has been suggested that Mozart may have written his string quintets K.515 and K.516 to impress King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia and to surpass the quintets written by Boccherini.
If true, it had no effect on either the King nor Boccherini, but it did lead to some of his most wonderful chamber music. Boccherini’s divertimento Sextet for Flute and Strings contains all the drama and textures we have come to love and expect from his music with its Spanish and Italian inspiration. Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, described as one of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written, will not disappoint with its achingly beautiful opening.
The Ensemble continues its performance of previously unknown historical chamber versions of Beethoven’s symphonies with an Australian premiere of his Symphony No. 4 arranged by Watts for flute and string sextet. Music historian Robert Greenburg said of this work “If any of Beethoven's contemporaries had written this symphony, it would be considered that composer's masterwork, and that composer would be remembered forever for this.”