All three of them: the Canadian violinist Lara St. John and two members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet and principal cellist Ludwig Quandt, will shape a chamber music evening with known and less known works by, among others, Max Bruch, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann in an unusual ensemble.
Eight Pieces op. 83: No. 2 Allegro con moto and No. 5 Romanian Melody (arr. for violin, cello and harp)
Sonata in A minor D 821 Arpeggione (arr. for cello and harp)
Hungarian Dances No. 1 in G minor and No. 5 in F sharp minor (arr. for violin and harp)
Czardashian Rhapsody (arr. for violin and harp)
Sonata for violin and piano in E major BWV 1016 (arr. for solo violin
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) op. 82 No. 7 Der Vogel als Prophet (arr. for solo harp)
Fantasy Pieces op. 73 (arr. for cello and harp)
Eight Pieces op. 83: No. 6 Nachtgesang (Night Song) (arr. for violin, cello and harp
Introduction: 7:00 pm
Max Bruch once complained that nothing compares to “the laziness, stupidity and dullness of many German violinists”. Because “every fortnight another one comes to me wanting to play the first Concerto; I have now become rude and have told them: ‘Go away and once and for all play the other concertos ...’” But only a few interpreters have followed the composer’s advice. That’s why until the present day Bruch is known to friends of symphony concert music primarily as the composer of his Violin Concerto op. 26. It’s no different in chamber music: when smaller-scale music by Bruch is played, almost without exception his Eight Pieces op. 83 are on the programme.
That Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Ludwig Quandt and Lara St. John are now placing three of the works he wrote in the year 1908 at the beginning and end of a chamber music concert is not due to any laziness or dullness. As is clear from Bruch’s correspondence, the composer, who died in Berlin in 1920, imagined performances with harp of several of these compositions existing in editions for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano – and that’s the version in which they will present three of the Eight Pieces op. 83. The melancholy swan songs to the romantic musical era that had long ended when Bruch died frame a concert programme in which music by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms is placed in the context of Baroque role models and contemporary reflections.