Romantic Vienna: Schubert and Brahms

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Romantic Vienna: Schubert and Brahms

  • Mon 18 Nov 2013
  • 7:30PM
Borodin Quartet, copyright Keith Saunders
Borodin Quartet, copyright Keith Saunders

Twentieth Century Theatre

291 Westbourne GroveLondon W11 2QA


Borodin Quartet
Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Illustrated pre-concert talk by Patrick Bade

Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden"
Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

From the time of Gluck in the mid-eighteenth century to that of Mahler and Schoenberg in the early twentieth, Vienna was the capital of capitals as far as music was concerned. If a composer could make it there, he truly could make it anywhere. Amongst the composers of genius attracted to the city were Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Lehar, not to mention such native sons as Schubert and Johann Strauss. In no other city was music quite so central to its life, or musical intrigues quite so poisonous!
In our Romantic Vienna programme (the first of the three concerts devoted to Vienna) we shall be exploring the music and art of the Romantic period. We will present the music of Schubert and Brahms, the Romantic classics. Both Schubert and Brahms composed in the traditional forms established by the great classical Viennese trinity: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but the content of their music is highly Romantic. While Schubert's music (like that of the later Beethoven) heralds the dawn of Romanticism, that of Brahms brings on the dusk.

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*Pre-concert talk 6:30pm (included in ticket price)