Programme & Tickets

Sunday, 17. May 2020, 18:30
Hotel Schweizerhof, Zeugheersaal

Closing Concert: Hebrew Themes

Alexander Glazunov (1865 – 1936)
Rêverie Orientale for Clarinet and String Quartet (1886)

Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906 – 1975)
String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101 (1956)

Alexander Krein (1883 – 1951)
Three Sketches on Hebrew Themes for Clarinet Quintet, Op. 12 (1914)

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919 – 1996)
String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 27 (1945)

When Glazunov wrote his Rêverie orientale for clarinet and string quartet, he re-used a melody that he had previously placed in a Spanish piece, indicating that the orient for him was a vague place of strangeness and dreams. The same instrumentation was used by Alexander Krein with much more focused intentions: he wanted to present specifically Jewish music, although he still framed his traditional material in the same manner as the Russian orientalists. Shostakovich started exploring Jewish idioms from the mid-1940s, inspired and encouraged by his Jewish students and disciples. This programme presents an inspired combination of Shostakovich’s Sixth Quartet and Weinberg’s Fifth. Weinberg wrote his Fifth in 1945, soon after meeting Shostakovich and falling under the spell of his music. Shostakovich’s Tenth is from ten years later; he marks his own fiftieth birthday, signing off each movement with his musical signature (DSCH). Both quartets are predominantly lyrical, with elements of humour and melancholy, but the individual voices of the two composers are also clearly heard. The Quartet Danel, which has been championing Weinberg’s music internationally, bring to the performance their unrivalled understanding of this composer’s style.

Dinner: 20.15
After the concert the Hotel Schweizerhof offers an exclusive two-course meal.
CHF 65 (excl. drinks)

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