|November 17, 2019|
KAMARA.HU – JOURNEY BY MOONLIGHT
KAMARA.HU/6 – MIDNIGHT
Chamber Music Festival of the Liszt Academy
Schubert: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, D. 821 (‘Arpeggione’)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Wolf: Um Mitternacht
Wolf: Nimmersatte Liebe
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65
Artistic directors: Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon
Alasdair Beatson, Dénes Várjon, Izabella Simon (piano), András Keller (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras, Miklós Perényi, Ditta Rohmann (cello), Ib Hausmann (clarinet), Klára Kolonits (vocals)
Midnight… The passing of something, but the beginning of something else. The darkest point of night, but the herald of dawn. A moment, a feeling that can perhaps best be associated with the special philosophy of death of Journey by Moonlight. Death appears in the Antal Szerb novel as a kind of relief, yet even so, the sense of liberation following on from retreat from suicide concludes the plot. A new beginning – here or in the afterlife. It is not a simple topic but the closing concert of kamara.hu attempts to provide musical equivalents to these sensitive issues. The answer of Schubert or of Brahms, who concludes his gloomy trio with the musical motto ‘free, but happy’. Or even Hugo Wolf, who in his songs makes several references to night and solitude. The concert and the festival conclude with Dvořák, and that is why at the end of the trio written after the death of his mother, and as such wreathed in tragic overtones, he rises above his agonies, exalting himself and the memory of his loved ones.
The concert is followed by CODA – which is an informal conversation with the performers.