Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132
Patrick Messina, clarinet; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Haochen Zhang, piano
Schumann’s unusual use of clarinet and viola in this piece could cause problems because the two instruments share a similar pitch. In Schumann’s hands, however, the color and textures shine through, especially when performed by virtuosic musicians such as violist Cynthia Phelps.
French clarinetist Patrick Messina describes his first impressions of the Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Chamber Music Festival here.
Brahms: Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67
Johannes String Quartet
“All of them – useless trifles, to avoid facing the serious countenance of a symphony.”
– Johannes Brahms in a letter to Franz Wüllner
The String Quartet No. 3, Opus 67 is one of the three string quartets Brahms actually kept, and still he dismissed it as a trifle. Of course, as Marc Neikrug and Kerry Frumkin agree, there’s nothing trifling about it!
Marc explains to Kerry that this piece may be sunnier than other works by Brahms because of the composer’s connection to nature.