Quartet Connections and Romantic Masterpieces

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It was an early start to end the first full week of the festival, as we began at 10:30 on Sunday morning with the second Carte Blanche concert. The Escher String Quartet performed a sold-out program of seminal chamber works in a concert entitled Quartet Connections featuring Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, The Hunt alongside works by Haydn, Brahms and Dvořák.

After the concert, the audience gathered for a picnic lunch on the Menlo School campus, enjoying the chance to catch up with festival friends and mingle with musicians, before the first performance of Concert Program IV on Sunday evening. At 6:00 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, the brilliance of Mendelssohn’s musical achievements shone through, alongside those of Brahms and Schumann, whose Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major for Horn and Piano, and Piano Trio no. 3 in g minor, featured alongside works by Brahms and Joachim. A catalyst to the artistic triumphs of these and other composers, the violinist Joseph Joachim towers as one of German Romanticism’s most consequential figures. A protégé of Mendelssohn’s, Joachim would come to personify the German school of violin playing and served as muse to Schumann and Brahms in the creation of their greatest works for violin.