Thursday 15 February - 8.15 p.m.

Februari Festival donderdag 15 februari 2018
Februari Festival donderdag 15 februari 2018

Romantic Highlights

Quartetto di Venezia, Sofya Gulyak, Simone Lamsma, Ishay Shaer, Henk Neven, a.o.

This concert reflects both the mutual and joint interaction with the ideals of the Romantic era and the struggle with the far-reaching changes affecting the nineteenth-century musical landscape. The Romantic composer is primarily engaged in expressing his feelings and adjusts his musical form to this, resulting in such intimate works as the Dichterliebe song cycle and compositions in a more or less free form, such as the Lieder ohne Worte or the Romanzen.

LOCATION: Nieuwe Kerk The Hague


Quartetto di Venezia
Sofya Gulyak - piano
Simone Lamsma - violin
Ishay Shaer -  piano
Henk Neven - baritone
Hans Eijsackers - piano
Lestari Scholtes & Gwylim Janssens - piano


Programme Clara Schumann: Romances for violin & piano, Op. 22
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op. 44


Although Clara Schumann’s legacy includes an impressive list of works she hardly called composed anything new at all after 1846. Her Romances for violin and piano from 1853 are among the last pieces she would write. They are dedicated to violinist Joseph Joachim.

The year 1840 is often referred to as the ‘Schumann song year’, as a total of 138 of his 250 songs date from this year. The inspiration for this proficiency could be attributed to his romantic feelings for the pianist Clara Wieck, to whom he dedicated the majority of his songs. The Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) song cycle is Schumann’s interpretation of the delicate texts of Heinrich Heine, full of flowers, dreams and fairy tales.

The Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words) do not, in fact, contain any lyrics and the pianist actually performs the part of a singer, leaving the romantic interpretation of the music to the imagination of the listener. The atmosphere conveyed by these works is sentimental and melancholy. Tonight, they will be played in Mendelssohn’s own arrangement for piano four-hands.

Schumann was one of the first composers to add a piano part to the classical string quartet and, in doing so, he gave the entire genre a new dimension. At the première performance of this piano quintet during a soiree in 1842, Felix Mendelssohn replaced Clara Schumann, who had been taken ill.

* Programme is subject to possible changes.



Wednesday 14 February - 8.15 p.m.

February Festival 14 February 2018

Presenting Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn and Clara & Robert Schumann

Thursday 15 February - 8.15 p.m.

February Festival 15 February 2018

Romantic highlights

Friday 16 February - 8.15 p.m.

February Festival 16 February 2018

Robert and Felix join hands

Saturday 17 February - 7.30 p.m.

February Festival 17 February 2018

A grand soiree

Sunday 18 February - 3.00 p.m.

February Festival 18 February 2018

Autumn and spring