An Arc of Romanticism

Music by  Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms

Saturday, February 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 25, 3:00 pm

Brian Johnston, concert director and violin; Be’eri Moalem, violin
Shannon Delaney, viola; Aude Castagna, cello; and Ben Dorfan, piano

The Robert Schumann/Clara Schumann/Brahms triangle is central to the Romantic legacy in music. This program explores a trajectory within that legacy, with the Schumann Quintet, considered by many to be among his greatest works, representing the Romantic era in its young and hopeful stage. The Brahms piano quartet, begun when Robert Schumann was in an insane asylum and completed only years after his death, is full of drama and emotional turmoil, indicated by the composer as reflecting his unrequited love for Clara, with a slow movement that Menachem Pressler of the Beaux Art Trio has described as “the most beautiful declaration of love ever composed.”

The program opens with selections from a delightful seven-movement serenade by the young Beethoven, still anchored within the classical style but showing signs of the revolutionary spirit that later played a key role in ushering in the romantic era.

Program Notes

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Photo by Steve DiBartomeo

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