Schubertiade V

Moritz von Schwind (1804–1871). Schubert Evening with Joseph von Spaun, 1868. Art Resource, NY

Schubertiades

Schubertiade V

For the final Schubertiade, Schubert shares the stage with Ludwig von Beethoven, whose place on the program Schubert himself would have likely welcomed. The Dover Quartet makes its Music@Menlo debut in Beethoven’s final string quartet, his Opus 135, and contralto Sara Couden returns with three powerful, chilling Schubert songs. Then Wu Han renews her storied four-hand partnership with pianist Gilbert Kalish in the Fantasy in f minor, after which Kalish closes the entire series of Schubertiades with a performance of the legendary B-flat Major Piano Sonata, Schubert’s final effort in the genre.

Schubertiades, which originated during Schubert’s life, were social gatherings in private residences that included readings, dancing, dining, and the music of Schubert. They were often hosted by the members of the “Schubert circle,” his close friends and admirers, who simply could not get enough of Schubert’s music and were eager to hear his latest magical creations. Schubert biographer and Music@Menlo Encounter Leader Christopher H. Gibbs has described Schubertiades as “…certainly events, but also, perhaps, a state of mind.” Music@Menlo’s Schubertiades—immersions in the composer’s art—revive the concert tradition that entranced Schubert’s most loyal audiences.

In the social tradition of the original Schubertiades, enjoy an intermission reception with the musicians.

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PROGRAM

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN(1770–1827)
String Quartet in F Major, op. 135 (1826)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Auflösung, D. 807 (1824)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, op. 24, no. 1, D. 583 (1817)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Fantasy in f minor for Piano, Four Hands, op. posth. 103, D. 940 (1828)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Schwestergruss, D. 762 (1822)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Piano Sonata no. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960 (1828)