Brahms: String Sextet No. 2, Op. 36

With Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Aki Saulière, Gérard Caussé, Béatrice Muthelet and Clemens Hagen – Bel-Air Festival 2010

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Renaud Capuçon — Violinist

Aki Saulière — Violist

Gérard Caussé — Violist

Béatrice Muthelet — Violist

Gautier Capuçon — Cellist

Clemens Hagen — Cellist

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At the Bel-Air Festival in 2010, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, accompanied by Aki Saulière, Gérard Caussé and Béatrice Muthelet (viola) and Clemens Hagen (cello), perform Brahms's String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36.

Founded by the French violinist Renaud Capuçon, the Bel-Air Festival gathers each year in a friendly atmosphere, the big names of classical music but also gives a chance to young musicians. At the same time artistic director and performer, Renaud Capuçon succeeds with this festival to play music with friends and share his passion for music to the audience.

With the String Sextet No. 1 Brahms had composed a few years earlier, the String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 is a reference in the repertoire of the sextet. But beyond the originality of the work, Brahms hid some secrets in it... Indeed, we discover a reference to a woman the composer loved: five notes come one after another, A-G-A-B-E, which translated in German mean A-G-A-H-E and refer to Agathe von Siebold with whom Brahms was smitten. Indeed, he got engaged with her during a few months before breaking up.

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