Seasons of Brahms

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10036

Seasons of Brahms

Chamber works from the dawn and dusk of Brahms’ long career encompass a lifetime in a single program. Inspired by the playing of clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, Brahms came out of retirement to write his Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, a late masterpiece that flickers between autumnal wistfulness and rhapsodic—even gypsy—exuberance. Retrospective glances and unanswered questions abound as the quintet muses over itself as over a life lived, ending enigmatically at its own beginning. Reaching back in time is the early String Sextet No.1, a work of utter confidence conceived when Brahms was 27. Written for an unconventional ensemble that features two cellos and two violas, the Sextet revels in the rich sonorities of Brahms’ beloved lower strings while bursting with the brio of youth.

A pre-concert discussion with Terrance McKnight and OSL Clarinetist Jon Manasse will introduce the range of Brahms’s style that you will hear on the program, as well as the singular influence a performer can have on a musical artist, as was the case with the creation of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet.

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
BRAHMS String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble

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