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Nov 18

Chamber Concert with the Berganza-Quartet

Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

In one of his poems, the Romantic writer Joseph von Eichendorff describes pressing his violin tenderly to his heart, caressing and stroking it like a lover. Like Eichendorff’s words, this chamber music concert will take us straight to the heart of Romanticism. Eichendorff’s key themes included longing, dreams and closeness to nature. This is evident in his story »Autumn Magic«, a dark fairy-tale about a hermit who lives in the forest and goes mad. Eichendorff’s words will be interwoven with two equally Romantic musical worlds that were both created in response to Beethoven. Schumann only ventured to write a string quartet – a genre he found challenging – after having heard Mendelssohn’s works. The quartets of Opus 41 were composed in 1842 and are dedicated to his esteemed friend »in heartfelt admiration«. When Mendelssohn heard them for the first time, he said that he liked »the first [...] exceptionally well« – which may have been due to the fact that the Quartet in A minor, for all its lyricism, here and there conjures up the elf-like lightness of »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«. Mendelssohn wrote his own Quartet op. 13 in 1827 in a »Beethoven fever« shortly after the composer’s death, himself calling it was »tear-jerkingly sentimental«. He lifted the motif »Ist es wahr?« (»Is it true?«) from the song »Frage« (»Question«), which he had written not long before. This motif determines the passionate work’s entire musical structure – true to Eichendorff’s words: »Sleeps a song in things abounding that keep dreaming to be heard ...«

Aki Sunahara Violin
Sabine Lier Violin
Christof Kuen Viola
Katja Kuen Violoncello
Martin Neubauer Narrator

Robert Schumann Streichquartett a-Moll op. 41 Nr. 1, dazu Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Streichquartett a-Moll op. 13 (Auszüge), dazu Romantisches Märchen »Die Zauberei im Herbste« von Joseph von Eichendorff