Occasionally overwhelmed by his genius, they have named themselves after a word made up by Mozart (the meaning of which remains a mystery), to remember that this towering giant of classical music could also be a very, very silly man.
Spunicunifait brings together a vast collective experience as chamber musicians, orchestral players, teachers, directors and soloists from such ensembles as Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Spira mirabilis and Aurora Orchestra, among others. Although they each lead full and varied musical lives, the members of Spunicunifait decided to prioritise this repertoire because they are eager to re-establish Mozart’s string quintets’ place among the highest achievements of the chamber music canon. No doubt they will explore the larger world of string quintets, but for now these pieces are serving as an endless source of inspiration for discussion, performance and enjoying each other’s company.
This is rarely performed music by a dedicated group that may well be the first string quintet formed specifically to play Mozart’s quintets on period instruments. Recent engagements include Schloss Elmau, Kissinger Sommer festival and Amici della Musica (complete cycle) in Florence, while upcoming concerts include Wigmore Hall and Salzburg Mozartwoche, among others. The programming can also be expanded to include the Mozart clarinet and horn quintets, featuring colleagues Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet) and Alec Frank Gemmill (horn).