Brentano Quartet

Event Details

Brentano Quartet
Jonathan Biss, piano
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Gesualdo: Selected Madrigals
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614

The second of our three programs on "late style" focuses on the theme of waywardness. The Schumann - the last piece he wrote before his suicide attempt and institutionalization - contains stunningly oblique music that is daringly static yet deeply moving. The Madrigals of Gesualdo, from the 1500s, offer harmonic schemes as unhinged as Gesualdo was himself when he wrote them. These timelessly unconventional pieces sound like they might have been written yesterday. Brahms wrote his Op. 118 piano pieces years after he had resolved to give up composing. They have a remarkable emotional and structural concentration and have had a profound influence on most "modern" composers. And the Mozart offers a stunning contrast. His final chamber piece enriches the question of late style through all it is not: monumental, morose, valedictory. Instead, it is festive, virtuosic and life-affirming.

This program runs approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes

6:45-7:30pm: Free Pre-concert Lecture in the Comcast Circle, Tier 1: Richard Freedman

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Perelman Theater

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society




    Visit our Venues for information about:


    Maps, Directions and Parking
    Dining and Hotels


    Learn More