This concert at New York’s Lincoln Center traverses the spectacular musical landscape of German Romanticism with chamber music works by Schumann and Strauss.
On December 16, 1842, Schumann noted in his diary, “worked on the trio – too much – this evening, fainted”, a sign that the composition of the Phantasiestücke was not at all a simple affair. Indeed, the piece marks Schumann’s first departure from the standard classical genres, giving life to music of incredible contrasts… Next comes Strauss’s Piano Quartet, composed at the tender age of 20 when he had recently finished his Second Symphony. The work’s considerable success surprised even the composer himself, who did not consider it to be either “a pleasing or seductive score”. After a musical tribute to Brahms, the quartet’s lively finale is typical of Strauss in his element.
With the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
With Brigitte Engerer, Boris Berezovsky, Jean-Philippe Collard, Yves Henry, Guillaume de Chassy and Jean-Claude Pennetier – Pianoscope Festival 2008 in Bea...