Menahem Pressler, Salvatore Accardo, Antoine Tamestit, and Gautier Capuçon play Schumann and Brahms

Verbier Festival 2008

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Salvatore Accardo — Violinist

Antoine Tamestit — Violist

Gautier Capuçon — Cellist

Menahem Pressler — Pianist

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Salvatore Accardo, Antoine Tamestit, and Gautier Capuçon join the brilliant pianist Menahem Pressler for a chamber music concert of piano quartets by Schumann and Brahms.

Schumann and Brahms were tied to together by their love for Clara Wieck. Loving wife and muse to Robert Schumann, Clara was a friend and mentor to Brahms both before and  after the death of her husband. This concert featured the works of these two great Romantic composers, opening with Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47, a piece emblematic of Schumann’s personality: agited, tormented, and passionate. It was followed by the Andante movement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60, a work pianist Menahem Pressler describes as, “the most beautiful love declaration ever composed.”

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