Friday 16 February - 8.15 p.m.

Februari Festival vrijdag 16 februari 2018
Februari Festival vrijdag 16 februari 2017

Robert and Felix join hands

Antje Weithaas, Jasper Grijpink, Hannah Strijbos, Sofya Gulyak, Quirine Viersen, a.o.

Defined as succinctly as possible, chamber music is instrumental music for two to ten musicians. Great romantic composers such as Liszt, Wagner and Berlioz hardly wrote any chamber music at all; they preferred to leave this to others. Tonight we will cede the floor to two gentlemen: Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, in a few chamber music works that may not be as well known, but are certainly well worth hearing, for solo and four-handed piano.

LOCATION: Nieuwe Kerk


Shihyun Lee - piano
Antje Weithaas - violin
Ishay Shaer - piano
Jasper Grijpink - clarinet
Hannah Strijbos - viola
Sofya Gulyak - piano
Quirine Viersen - cello


Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Op. 19
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F (Urtext Edition)
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
Robert Schumann: Variations I-V, Op. Posth. from Etudes symphoniques
Robert Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102


Programme notes Mendelssohn wrote his three violin sonatas within a period of eight years. The last, in F major, was written in the summer of 1838, immediately after the birth of his first child. However, the work remained unpublished after its première performance, until its recent rediscovery. It is an ambitious work for both the violin and piano.

Schumann focused particularly on the poetical romantic narrative of the music in his Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Opus 132, for clarinet, viola and piano. It is one of his very last works, composed at a time when he was suffering more and more heavily from depression. Despite the unusual scoring, Breitkopf&Härtel immediately published the work in 1854.

Schumann’s ‘ex-father-in-law-to-be’, Baron von Fricken – himself an amateur musician – provided the musical material for the theme of Schumann’s Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Studies) when he showed Robert the variations on a theme for flute that he had written in 1834. However, Schumann deleted five of the variations upon the completion of this work in 1837. They were rediscovered in 1819 by Johannes Brahms. And fortunately so, because they are absolutely exquisite.

In April 1849, Schumann composed his Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style) in only three days’ time. The atmosphere they convey differs completely from his other works for cello and piano. In this work, he is trying – albeit with some difficulty – to adopt a more “folk-like” style, with the exception of the middle section which is reminiscent of the song “Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet” from his Dichterliebe song cycle.

* Programme is subject to possible changes.



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