Brass quintets are exuberant almost by definition, and Davies's certainly does not disappoint. It has, though, the rarer quality of being a consistent, gripping and fully developed work: a piece as substantial as one might expect a string quartet to be. There are three movements, of which the first is a romping Allegro with a slow introduction. Then comes a slow movement with vividly alive duetting from the trumpets, and the finale is again fast, except for a passage of questioning before the end.
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