“Two people walk through the cold, bare woods.” This magical work by Schoenberg was created at two crossroads: the close of the 19th century, and the twilight of the Romantic age. Influenced by the lushness of Wagner, yet imbued with the integrity of Brahms, this beloved sextet bids a nostalgic farewell to the art and thinking of its time. This captivating program juxtaposes music of different eras, nationalities, and styles, all inspired by the enchanting mysteries of the night.
- Boccherini Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, G. 324, “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid” (1780)
- Schubert Notturno in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, D. 897, Op. 148 (1828)
- Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 2 (1932)
- Debussy “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” from Préludes, Book II (1911-13)
- Debussy “Clair de lune” from Suite bergamasque for Piano (c. 1890, rev. 1905)
- Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 4 (1899)