String Quintet No. 1 in A major
Clarinet Quintet in B minor (version for viola and string quartet)
“It has been many years since I heard such a phenomenal talent as David Aaron Carpenter,” declared Christoph Eschenbach. “He combines an endless imagination with a staggering technique, and making music together with him is a true joy.” Born into a musical New York family, Carpenter has quickly developed into one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchstra under Eschenbach in 2005 he has performed with leading musicians and orchestras in both the USA and in Europe.
The young virtuoso, whose instrument was particularly admired by Berlioz for its “mournfully passionate … expressive powers” and “profound melancholy”, will be heard in Berlin together with Bernhard Hartog, Rüdiger Liebermann, Walter Küssner and Stephan Koncz.
The programme includes Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in the version for viola and string quartet, a melancholy valediction which has been one of the composer’s most beloved works since its premiere at the Berlin Singakademie on 12 December 1891.
The English composer Frank Bridge expressed his reaction to the outbreak of World War I with another dark-hued, brooding work, his Lamento for viola. A similar tone pervades Mendelssohn’s first String Quartet, with its elegiac, at times tragic central Intermezzo.