January 26

Arnaud Sussmann violin

Emily Daggett Smith violin

Paul Neubauer viola

Rafael Figueroa cello

Vsevolod Dvorkin piano

 

Illustrated talk by Stephen Johnson

 

Schubert  Arpeggione Sonata, D821

Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

 

From the time of Gluck in the mid-18th century to that of Mahler and Schoenberg in the early 20th, Vienna was the capital of musical capitals. Amongst the composers of genius drawn there were Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Lehár, not to mention such native sons as Schubert and Johann Strauss. Our programme presents works by Schubert and Brahms, both of whom composed in the traditional forms established by the Classical Viennese trinity of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but with very different results in terms of content. While Schubert’s music heralds the dawn of Romanticism, that of Brahms brings on its dusk.

February 23

Arnaud Sussmann violin

Michael Brown piano

 

Smetana From My Homeland, Op. 128

Suk 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.17

Janáček Violin Sonata

Dvořák Romantic Pieces, Op. 75

 

Smetana gave voice to the desire for independence of his fellow Czechs, so long yoked under the Habsburg Empire. Away from his triumphantly nationalist operas and tone poems, however, his quartets reveal the fevered imagination of an artist fighting for his sanity. His example inspired Dvořák 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 two great Romantic composers.

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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 ...

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 February 23Smetana From My Homeland, Op. 128Suk 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.17Janáček Violin SonataDvořák Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 Arnaud Sussmann violinMichael Brown pianoIllustrated talk by Nicholas Chong LEARN MORE

March 15LONDON RECITAL Arias from Almira and Rinaldo (Handel); Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart); Rigoletto (Verdi)Liszt and Alabiev Selected vocal worksLiszt Piano Sonata in B minor Theodora Raftis sopranoAndrew Yiangou pianoIllustrated talk by Patrick Bade . LEARN MORE

April 19 Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102 for cello and pianoBrahms Sonata in G major, Op. 78 for violin and pianoClara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 Stephanie Chase violinSophie Shao celloTodd Crow pianoIllustrated talk by Nicholas ChongLEARN MORE

May 17 Mozart Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, K452Rimsky-Korsakov Quintet in B flat majorPoulenc Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100

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April 19

Stephanie Chase violin

Sophie Shao cello

Todd Crow, piano

Illustrated talk by Paul Berry

 

Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102 for cello and piano

Brahms Sonata in G major, Op. 78 for violin and piano

Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17

 

Virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Schumann (née Wieck) played many roles during the course of her life. As well as being one of the greatest performers of the 19th century, she was her husband Robert’s muse and creative partner. She also inspired and guided Brahms, who fell hopelessly in love with her as a young man, and maintained a professional relationship of the highest mutual respect with Mendelssohn. This programme presents works by Clara, and by two of the men to whom she gave her love, friendship and inspiration. Join us for an insight into the life of this remarkable woman.

Arnaud Sussmann violin

Michael Brown piano

March 15, London

Smetana From My Homeland, Op. 128

Suk 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.17

Janáček Violin Sonata

Dvořák Romantic Pieces, Op. 75

Smetana gave voice to the desire for independence of his fellow Czechs, so long yoked under the Habsburg Empire. Away from his triumphantly nationalist operas and tone poems, however, his quartets reveal the fevered imagination of an artist fighting for his sanity. His example inspired Dvořák 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 two great Romantic composers.