Brahms Chamber Music Cycle, Part I
The string quartet repertoire possesses what many
consider to be some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of
Western music, and in some cases, the greatest works created by
the best composers (i.e. Beethoven, Schubert and
Bartok). Johannes Brahms, who lived in the shadow of
Beethoven and Schubert, was immensely self-critical and demanding but,
luckily for us, has left behind a handful of some of the most
beloved chamber music works ever written, not only for string
quartet, but also quintets, trios, piano quartets, and a genre which he
himself created, the string sextet.
Since the chamber
music output of Brahms is quite small yet rich in substance, the Rubens
Quartet is planning a long-term project to present the entire cycle in the
Netherlands. In the 2012-13 season, we will be joined by Ferdinand
Erblich (violist of the Parkányi Quartet), American cellist
Zuill Bailey, and Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze for a special concert in Rotterdam's De Doelen on November 17, as well as other concerts dispersed throughout the season.
Here are the works that will be performed this season:
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2
String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 67
Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
String Quintet in F, Op. 88
String Sextet in G, Op. 36
We hope that you will join us as we continue on our Brahms adventure!