Levit. Kam. Sternath. Chen. Thiele. Lipman. Hagen
Brahms Night

A half-dozen hand-picked young soloists – top international instrumentalists from the USA, Germany and Austria – will spend a week intensively exploring Brahms' chamber music. Igor Levit, the former director of the Heidelberger Frühling Kammermusikakademie, accompanies the "Fellows" as a colleague and mentor. The first evening of the summit meeting with guest soloist Sharon Kam features melancholy, elegiac, occasionally defiantly rebellious tones: While the Third Piano Quartet, dating back to the 1850s, reflects one of the composer's most violent life crises, the late Clarinet Quintet is a farewell work that could hardly be more poignant. The middle part of the evening will not only provide light moments with shorter performances, it will also give the musicians the opportunity for sensitive solo interludes.

Public rehearsal in Eugen Biser Hall on Friday, March 22 from 5-6 p.m.

Igor Levit

Piano and moderation

Sharon Kam


Lukas Sternath


Stella Chen


Charlotte Thiele


Matthew Lipman


Julia Hagen


Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor op. 60

Max Bruch
Allegro con moto (No. 2) and Allegro vivace, ma non troppo (No. 7) from Eight Pieces op. 83

Lili Boulanger
Deux Morceaux (Nocturne and Cortège)

Johannes Brahms
Ballade in B major op. 10/4

Eleanor Alberga
"No-Man's-Land Lullaby"

Anton Webern
Slow movement for string quartet, M. 78

Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Quintet in B minor op. 115

#9 Genau jetzt - Sharon Kam on Brahms' Clarinet Quintet
29. 1. 2024   Podcast

Playing this work is like an embrace, says clarinettist Sharon Kam. Johannes Brahms wrote his quintet a few years before his death. Is it a "melancholy look back at life", as his friend Max Karlbeck believed? Sharon Kam talks to host Maria about the special mixture of hope and sadness, about magical moments and colors.

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