Wednesday 14 February - 8.15 p.m.

Februari Festival woensdag 14 februari 2018
Februari Festival woensdag 14 februari 2018

Presenting Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn and Clara & Robert Schumann

Quartetto di Venezia, Sofya Gulyak, Simone Lamsma, Quirine Viersen, Ishay Shaer, a.o.

The 2018 February Festival highlights the musical oeuvre of two exceptional pairs of composers: the married couple Robert and Clara Schumann and the siblings Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. All four were composers, which was the cause of some tension but also a source of mutual encouragement. Apart from this, Robert and Felix were good friends who were happy to contribute to each other’s première performances and discuss the musical life of their era with one another.

LOCATION: Nieuwe kerk


Quartetto di Venezia
Sofya Gulyak - piano
Simone Lamsma - violin
Quirine Viersen - cello
Ishay Shaer - piano
Maria Fiselier - mezzo-soprano
Peter Nilsson - piano


Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1
Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata
Clara Schumann: 6 Songs, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn: Two Songs, Op. 86 Nos. 3 & 5
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2


After several earlier attempts, Robert Schumann composed his three string quartets Opus 41 immediately one after another in June 1842. The première performance took place in September, as a birthday gift for his wife Clara. He dedicated them to his friend Mendelssohn.

The Ostersonate (Easter Sonata) was lost for a little over 150 years. It was not until 2010 that the original manuscript was found. To everyone’s surprise, it was in Fanny’s handwriting. It was her second piano sonata, written in 1829 at the age of 23. It was first performed just a little less than a year ago by Sofya Gulyak for BBC radio.

The collective Lieder oeuvre of Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann includes more than 250 songs, set to words by Eichendorff, Goethe and Heine, based on the verses of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) or poetry of their contemporaries. We will be presenting a selection of these songs during this festival.

In 1820, the eleven-year-old Mendelssohn had already written a piano trio, but it remained unpublished. In a letter dated 21 January 1832 he wrote his sister Fanny from Paris: “I would really like to compose a set of good piano trios.” The piano passages in Mendelssohn’s chamber music are highly demanding and the piano parts of his trios therefore comprise a real challenge for the pianist.

* 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