“Brahms: The Ultimate Romantic” -- Masterpieces of the last Great Composer of the Romantic century


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Eastminster United Church

토요일, 16 4 2011, 8:00PM

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$17(reg) - $11(sr/st)


Nicolai Tarasov (clarinet), Liza McLellan (cello) and Alexander Kats (piano)


Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor op.38 (1862-65); Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor op.120 (1894) and Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, in A minor op.114 (1891)


On Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8 p.m. the Academy Concert Series will present "Brahms: The Ultimate Romantic" -- a selection of masterpieces of the last Great Composer of the Romantic century.

After decades of blossoming and dominating the artistic scene with its uninhibited emotional expression and ardent passion, Romanticism, in the middle years of the nineteenth century, began to experience somewhat of a decline. Its fanciful ideals, rooted outside the scope of everyday life, inevitably took a turn toward the more concrete, and the influences of Realism became a logical consequence. As a result,
Romantic "programme music" began to attract audiences and artists with its preoccupation with story-telling, pictures, imagery and messages which were used as extra musical elements in composition. In addition, due to growing nationalism within the arts, Romantic music started to lose its universal characteristics, becoming variously more German, more Russian, more Bohemian or more Scandinavian.

However, not all Romantic composers were affected by these developments or the new tenets, and the greatest among them was Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

Brahms' utter respect for traditions of pure music and his mastery of musical architecture brought him closer to the spirit of the Great Masters of Romanticism who preceded him than any of his contemporaries. Indeed, everything that is Romanticism is found and experienced in Brahms' works, in captivating intensity for both the audience and performers themselves. From his chamber music repertoire totaling 24 works, our programme for this performance is a wonderful display of the depth and the power of Brahms' musical intellect, his wisdom, the lyricism, warmth and charm of his melodies, and of the manifold beauties and moving, passionate passages contained within the music of the ultimate - - both the utmost and the last - - great Romantic composer.


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Posted by Nicolai Tarasov