Concerts

Schumann’s Piano Quintet

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 7:30pm

The Cathedral Music Program opens its season with the return of the Diderot String Quartet. For this program the Quartet is joined by pianist David Breitman.

In 1836, German composer and pianist Norbert Burgmüller died at the age of 26. Robert Schumann, who had been born in the same year as Burgmüller, wrote of his recently deceased colleague: "Since the early death of Schubert, nothing more deplorable has happened than [the early death] of Burgmüller." Diderot String Quartet celebrates the friendship of Schumann and Burgmüller with a program that features both composers' first-published chamber works: Burgmüller's String Quartet no. 1 in D minor, op. 4, and Schumann's Piano Quintet in Eb major, op. 44. For the Schumann, Diderot String Quartet is joined by renowned fortepianist David Breitman.

Diderot String Quartet – named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot – came together in 2012 in New York. Having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, all four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre, and they quickly found the thrill of exploring this repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible.  Recently featured in the Chamber Music America article “New Voices in Old Music”, Diderot String Quartet aims to bring the raw excitement of that experience to audiences, seeking a fresh voice and rhetorical approach in both familiar and lesser-known works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 4
Norbert Burgmüller  (1810 – 1836)

Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44
Robert Schumann  (1810 – 1856)
with David Breitman, fortepiano

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    • September 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm