It was to be a feast of fives in Ensemble Q’s first concert of the 2024 season with an eclectic mix of five quintets spanning over 200 years to create an emotive kaleidoscope of music.

Married couple and accomplished musicians Trish and Paul Dean formed the Brisbane chamber group Ensemble Q in 2017, dedicated to performing undiscovered masterpieces with Australia’s top echelon of musicians. Their reputation and creative approach to chamber music have enticed two new musicians to the Ensemble Q fold in violinist and Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Sophie Rowell and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Viola, Christopher Moore.

Ensemble Q performs The Trout. Photo © Peter Wallis

The reversed seating with the smaller audience at the back of the stage was ideal for an intimate chamber concert. David Mitchell’s woody bassoon bounced melodically around the vast QPAC concert hall in Anton Reicha’s 1816 Variations for Bassoon and Strings.

Renowned as the founder of the wind quintet genre and even respected by Beethoven, Reicha tests the virtuosity of the bassoon with fast fingering and large intervals. Mitchell seemed totally at ease throughout the inventive piece, delivering a delightful introduction...