Friday, August 21, 2020
21 August at 20.00 in the Glass Hall. The two works are performed by the festival musicians - Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Andreas Brantelid and musicians from the Danish String Quartet and Trio con Brio.
Schønberg wrote Verklärte Nacht as a 25-year-old based on a poem by Richard Dehmel. It's about a man and a woman walking through a dark and cold forest. The woman is pregnant, but not with the man she loves. The man ends up forgiving and comforting, and behold the night is bright and clear again!
The piece was written before Schönberg invented the twelve-tone technique and is inspired by the late Romantic period, especially Wagner and Brahms. In particular, the work is known for its use of themes that represent the various characters in the poem. Tchaikovsky wrote Souvenir de Florence in 1890 after finally completing his opera Queen of Spades. He was never completely satisfied with the sextet and revised it several times. Nevertheless, its strong virtuoso qualities have made it one of the most popular pieces ever written for sextets.
Nicholas Algot Swensen thanks with this concert for Folmer Jensen's Music Scholarship, which he and his brother Jonathan Algot Swensen will receive in 2020. Featuring: Nikolaj Szeps-Zniader, violin, Jordi Rodriguez Cayuelas, violin, Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola, Nicholas Algot Swensen, viola, Andreas Brantelid, cello, Frederik Sjölin, cello.