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TSM Presents Brahms & Schumann

TSM Presents Brahms & Schumann
TSM Presents Brahms & Schumann photo
July 07, 2023 | 7:30 PM
  • Starting at: $20.00
  • Venue: Walter Hall
  • Presenter: Toronto Summer Music Festival

Yura Lee, violin 
Jonathan Crow, violin 
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola 
Ani Aznavoorian, cello 
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano 
Rachael Kerr, piano

Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 
Clara Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 
Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano Op. 118, No. 1 & 2 
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 

Clara and Robert Schumann made up the most gifted musical married couple of the mid-nineteenth century. They aided the career of their remarkable protégé, Johannes Brahms, in many ways. Brahms developed a powerful love for Clara that she did not return. The first three compositions on this program display the three composers’ unsurpassed skill in small forms – in particular, the late, inward piano pieces by Brahms – while the fourth, the colossal and profoundly dramatic Piano Quintet, may reflect the depth of Brahms’s love for Clara. He struggled to find the most appropriate instrumentation for this music. He first conceived the Piano Quintet as a piece for string quintet (with two cellos) and revised it first for two pianos before undergoing its final metamorphosis into the Piano Quintet.