Company of Five in Trakai
JOHANNES BRAHMS – String quartet No. 1, Op. 51
ROBERT SCHUMANN – Piano quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Admired for its original programs spanning from classical repertoire to e/q, electronics for quartet Čiurlionis Quartet this time invites to engulf in a stormy flow of romantic music.
“Reason errs, but never feeling!” said Robert Schumann. This quotation perfectly describes the nature of the concert. Brahms, a prominent romanticist, left behind great chamber music and sought to embody romantic imagery gracefully and modestly. By nature, he tended to subtly fine-tune the details of his music, and this process, characteristic of chamber music, always revitalised him. His String quartet is a very good example. R. Schumann has made great imprint on West European music and influenced many a future composer. He was ardent promulgator of music of his contemporaries, including Brahms. In mid-19th century chamber music genres transformed from private salon entertainment into the events taking place on public concert scene. This has led to a diversity of genres, an increase in form, and the emergence of elements of virtuosity (especially in the piano part) combined with intimate dialogues of string instruments. These features are revealed in R. Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44, which has become one of the most popular chamber works in history. In addition, the composer was a pioneer in this genre.
This afternoon, Čiurlionis Quartet shares the stage with pianist Simona Zajančauskaitė, a graduate of the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art, the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire and the University of Music Franz Liszt (Weimar). The pianist is a winner of numerous international competitions and is a former scholarship student of both M. Rostropovich Support and Charity Foundation “Help for Lithuanian Children” and Ernst-Freiberger Foundation “Deutschlandstipendium”.