A Woman's Love and Life
ROBERT SCHUMANN – Vocal cycle Frauen-Liebe und Leben(A Woman’s Love and Life), Op. 42; String quartet in A major No. 3, Op. 41
The Vilnius String Quartet and soloist Jomantė Šležaitė present works by Robert Schumann, one of the foremost composers of the first half of the 19th century.
Schumann’s music had a long way to go to be understood and recognised. In his music the composer focused on man’s inner world (was endowed with exceptional ability to turn deep, delicate and sometimes short-lived spiritual states into musical sound). Perhaps that is the root of his mysterious, unique and very personal musical vocabulary. 1840-42 were chamber music years in Schumann’s creative biography. It is then that in addition to other opuses he composed compositions programed in this concert.
Song-cycle A Woman's Love and Life is one of Schumann’s most significant vocal opuses. It is a terrific musical story set to the poems of German poet Adelbert von Chamisso. Eight songs describe the course of a woman’s life, its most indicative stages: girl in love, fiancée, wife, mother and widow. String quartet in A major No. 3 is considered to be one of Schumann’s most remarkable examples of this genre.
The soloist Jomantė Šležaitė is a participant and winner of various international competitions, which include first prize and audience prize in the 8th Klaudia Taev Competition for Young Opera Singers in Estonia. The young soloist has appeared in Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Finland, etc. Šležaitė has performed many an opera role including Aida (Verdi’s Aida), Giulietta(Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann), as well as Alcina (Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso).