Lloyd van’t Hoff & Peter de Jager – A Nightingale Sang for Brahms
Wednesday, March 10, 8:30 PM (AEDT)
Spurred out of retirement by the warmth of Richard Mühlfeld’s clarinet playing, Brahms’ resultant works for the clarinet would soon manifest themselves as masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire. Of those works, Brahms’ reflective E Flat Major Sonata for clarinet and piano emerges tenderly from the oeuvre of his twilight years. The romantic outpourings from his dear friends Robert and Clara Schumann form the perfect companion pieces to this Sonata – a nod to the friendships that inspired Brahms throughout his life. Transfixed by the singing quality of Mühlfeld’s clarinet, Brahms often referred to him as ‘the dear nightingale’, and just as the nightingale sings its heavenly songs late into the evening, so too do we, marrying a selection of Brahms’ cherished Lieder with the voice of the clarinet.
As part of this concert we will be celebrating the launch of our debut album that encapsulates the wondrous music for clarinet and piano by Johannes Brahms. This project has been a long time coming for us, and we are so happy to release it into the world. So please join us for this very special event, and be among the first to get your hands on this exciting new album.
Lloyd Van’t Hoff – Clarinet
Peter de Jager – Piano
Robert Schumann – Fantasiestücke Op. 73
Clara Schumann – Three Romances for violin and piano Op. 22 (transcribed for clarinet and piano)
Brahms – Sonata in E Flat Major Op. 120 No. 2
Brahms – Three Songs
i. Feldeinsamkeit from Op. 86
ii. Wie Melodien zieht es mir from Op. 105
iii. Es traümte mir from Op. 57