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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515, Allegro (1st mvt)
Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”)
Joan Blackman, violin David Gillham, violin
Nicolò Eugelmi, viola
David Harding, violaEugene Osadchy, cello
Paula Kiffner, cello
The very first Vetta concerts were exclusively string quartet programs and strings have always formed the backbone of the series. For this concert we celebrate strings by selecting some of the best string players ever to play on this series. Mozart had a special affinity with the viola, hence the choice of one of his latest greatest string quintets to showcase our talented violists. Verklärte Nacht is considered by many to be the pinnacle of string writing and is unsurpassed in its beauty and mysticism. Written with lush romantic harmonies it was inspired by a mystical poem by Richard Dehmel and marks the end of an era of great romantic music for strings. Here is an excerpt of the poem:
Two people are walking through a bare, cold wood;
the moon keeps pace with them and draws their gaze.
The moon moves along above tall oak trees,
there is no wisp of cloud to obscure the radiance
to which the black, jagged tips reach up.
A woman’s voice speaks: “I am carrying a child, and not by you.”
To find out what happens you have to come to our concert!