An evening featuring the clarinet together with a string quartet forming the distinctive chamber music genre of the clarinet quintet
Dmitri Shostakovich Streichquartett Nr. 11 f-Moll op. 122
Jelena Firssowa Quintett für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello op. 160
Johannes Brahms Quintett für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello h-Moll op. 115
Richard Polle - Violin
Anna Bara - Violin
Lydia Rinecker - Viola
Peter Albrecht - Violoncello
Ann-Kathrin Zacharias - Clarinet
Musicians of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
The clarinet together with a string quartet forms the distinctive chamber music genre of the clarinet quintet. One of the most famous works with this instrumentation is the contribution by Johannes Brahms, with which the 58-year-old decided to reopen his compositional atelier in 1891. No subsequent composer writing in this genre can avoid the influence of this longing declaration of love. This includes Yelena Firsova’s Clarinet Quintet, albeit in surprising fashion: “There are special relationships between the clarinet and the first violin (they have a double cadenza toward the end of the piece), from which the whole piece emerged: they are man and woman.” (Yelena Firsova) An autobiographical admission and a nod to the unrealised connection between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann?
Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 11 is dedicated to the memory of Vasily Shirinsky, the 2nd violinist of the Russian Beethoven Quartet who died in 1965. In seven short movements – including a scherzo and a humoresque – Shostakovich reflects with a smile through tears on the meaning of life, including the end thereof.
Thu 18 November 2021 - 7.30 pm Kühlhaus Berlin