Chamber Music

Jerusalem Quartet and András Schiff

An unusual programme with great interpreters: the Jerusalem Quartet, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, and András Schiff, artistic collaborator of the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years and a former Pianist in Residence, will play piano quintets by Johannes Brahms and Mieczysław Weinberg. Not only are the works in the same key, Brahms’s work also influenced Weinberg’s composition in other respects. The evening starts with Franz Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor.

Jerusalem Quartet:

Alexander Pavlovsky Violine

Sergei Bresler Violin

Ori Kam Viola

Kyril Zlotnikov Cello

Sir András Schiff Piano

Franz Schubert

Quartet Movement in C minor D 703

Mieczysław Weinberg

Piano Quintet op. 18

Johannes Brahms

Piano Quintet in F minor op. 34

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The recent premiere after a delay of almost 40 years of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, which was completed in 1968, heralded a renaissance of the music by the composer, who died in Moscow in 1996. One year after Weinberg, born to a Polish Jewish family, had settled in the Soviet Union with Dmitri Shostakovich’s support in 1943, he composed his large-scale Piano Quintet in F minor op. 18. Besides Shostakovich’s contribution to the genre, composed three years earlier, Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor op. 34 must have influenced Weinberg’s composition.

Like many works by Brahms, it reached its final form through several stages of development: in 1861 Brahms made a start on a string quintet, then wrote a version of the work for two pianos in 1864, before on Clara Schumann’s advice transmuting the work into its final form as a piano quintet. Echoes of chamber music pieces by Franz Schubert in Brahms’s Piano Quintet are unmistakable. He had tackled composing a string quartet late in 1820, but broke off the work after a few bars of the second movement. What has remained from this work is the Quartettsatz in C minor D 703, often deemed a chamber music equivalent to the Symphony in B minor, the so-called Unfinished. The interpreters of this chamber music programme are András Schiff – artistic collaborator of the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years, and a former pianist in residence – and the Jerusalem Quartet, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.

(photo: Felix Broede)