When Mendelssohn was rowed in a gondola by moonlight into Venice, he reached an important milestone of his Grand Tour. The quintessentially Italian magic of La serenissima launches this unique, all-Italian chamber music concert which stretches forward from the 1820’s all the way into the 20th century. The lure of Italy, an almost universal phenomenon, is felt throughout an evening of music as delicious and intoxicating as the country itself.
- Mendelssohn Lied ohne Worte in G minor for Piano, Op. 19b, No. 6, “Venetianisches Gondellied” (1830)
- Puccini Crisantemi for String Quartet (1890)
- Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet (1887)
- Respighi Sonata in B minor for Violin and Piano (1917)
- Rota Intermezzo for Viola and Piano (1945)
- Puccini Scherzo for String Quartet (c. 1880)
- Verdi Quartet in E minor for Strings (1873)