Schubert’s beloved Ave Maria will be heard alongside its more rarely performed companion songs from this German setting of Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake. Literary allusions continue with Janáček’s bristling String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata, taking after the Tolstoy novella of the same name. The performance concludes with Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1, composed in the spring of his incredible “chamber music year.”
Three trios and a sextet comprise this well-balanced program of Schumann’s F Major Piano Trio, Perkinson’s String Trio; Schoenberg’s String Trio, and Dvořák’s ever vital String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48.
From Haydn’s characteristically classical Divertissement in G Major, Hob. IV:7 to a work for alto and double bass written by Marlboro’s 2016 composer-in-residence, Sofia Gubaidulina, and from the mixed winds and strings ensemble in Prokofiev’s Quintet, Op. 39 to Stravinsky’s Three Songs from Shakespeare and Brahms’s String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88, this program promises to be truly varied, with pieces chosen from some of the best Marlboro performances from the past five years.
Works of Britten and Schubert shine in this program with equal intensity and tenderness. Schubert’s String Quartet, D. 87, written when he was only 16 years old, provides a youthful counterpoint to Britten’s String Quartet, No. 3, written within the final year of his life. The lyrical Auf dem Strom for tenor, horn, and piano offers a personal narrative of loss and memory that complements the Canticle’s public commemoration of the 1940 London Raids.
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