Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin

Dov Scheindlin, viola

Sergey Antonov, cello

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

 

Illustrated talk by Paul Berry

October 5

When, in 1781, Mozart broke with his hated patron the Archbishop of Salzburg and settled in Vienna, he began to look to the future, but it turned out to be an encounter with the past that would particularly fire his creativity. At the home of Baron Gottfried van Swieten he heard and was deeply impressed by the music of his great predecessors Bach and Handel. This concert gives an insight into what Mozart learned from Bach in particular, and shows how, through the alchemy of genius, he transformed those lessons into something utterly personal and profoundly far-reaching. It is a chance to enter the unique mind of Mozart, and to hear some wonderful music by both master and disciple.

Music by Dvořák, Josef Suk, Janáček

 

Michael Brown, piano

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

February 23

Smetana gave voice to the Czech desire for independence, so long yoked under the Habsburg Empire. But, away from his triumphantly nationalist operas and tone poems, in his quartets we encounter the fevered imagination of an artist fighting for his sanity. His example inspired Antonin Dvorák to bring Bohemian and Moravian elements into his own warmly vivacious chamber music, creating an outpouring of dance and song. In this programme we look at the emergence of a new nationalist identity in the rising city of Prague, as it cast off its Germanic traits, and explore the light and dark sides of the great Romantic figures.

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October 5

When, in 1781, Mozart broke with his hated patron the Archbishop of Salzburg and settled in Vienna, he began to look to the future, but it turned out to be an encounter with the past that would particularly fire his creativity. At the home of Baron Gottfried van Swieten ...

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January 26

Music by Schubert and Brahms

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

Emily Daggett Smith, violin

Paul Neubauer, viola

Rafael Figueroa, cello

Vsevolod Dvorkin, piano

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February 23

Music by Dvořák, Josef Suk, Janáček

Michael Brown, piano

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

LEARN MOREApril19Music by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Johannes BrahmsStephanie Chase, violinSophie Shao, celloTodd Crow, pianoIllustrated talk by Paul BerryLEARN MORE

 

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Music by  Schubert  and Brahms

 

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

Emily Daggett Smith, violin

Paul Neubauer, viola

Rafael Figueroa, cello

Vsevolod Dvorkin, piano

January 26

From the time of Gluck in the mid-eighteenth century to that of Mahler and Schoenberg in the early twentieth, Vienna was the capital of capitals as far as music was concerned. If a composer could make it there, he truly could make it anywhere.  Amongst the composers of genius attracted to the city were Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Lehar, not to mention such native sons as Schubert and Johann Strauss. In no other city was music quite so central to its life, or musical intrigues quite so poisonous!

In our Romantic Vienna programme we shall be exploring the music and art of the Romantic period. We will present the music of Schubert and Brahms, the Romantic classics. Both Schubert and Brahms composed in the traditional forms established by the great classical Viennese trinity: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but the content of their music is highly Romantic. While Schubert's music (like that of the later Beethoven) heralds the dawn of Romanticism, that of Brahms brings on the dusk.

Music by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms

 

Stephanie Chase, violin

Sophie Shao, cello

Todd Crow, piano

Illustrated talk by Paul Berry

April 19

Clara Schumann (Clara Wieck) - virtuoso pianist and composer, wife of Robert Schumann, mother, teacher, friend and inspiration to many of her contemporaries - played many roles during the course of her life. She became one of the greatest performers of the century alongside Thalberg, Chopin, Rubinstein and Liszt, the latter dedicating both his 1838 and 1851 editions to her as one of the finest contemporary pianists. Clara was Schumann's muse and musical voice, creative partner and interpreter of his work. As a celebrated performer, she was able to promote her husband’s works. Clara was the inspiration and guide for much of the music of Brahms, who fell hopelessly in love with her as a young man. As with Schumann, she shared in the genius of Brahms, who in his own words described his relationship with her as “… the most beautiful experience of my life, its greatest wealth and its noblest content.” Clara maintained an inspiring friendship with Mendelssohn, who had the highest regard for her as a musician, and dedicated some of his music to her. Clara, in turn, included at least one of Mendelssohn’s works in almost every recital she gave during her long career as a concert pianist.

Along with Clara’s own music, this programme presents music composed by the men for whom she was friend, love, and inspiration. Join us to get a glimpse of the woman behind the Muse.