The Poetry in Life ~ Schumann, Adès, Brahms is an exploration of Schumann’s literary life that spilled wholeheartedly into his musical creative output
in songs, solo piano music and chamber music; a look into the works of Schumann’s prolific parallel, the contemporary British composer Thomas Adès,
who was also born to a poet and for whom the intertwining of literature and music comes so naturally; and which closes with the musical poetry
found in the mature and late years of Brahms, a younger German Romantic discovered at age 20 and hailed by Schumann himself as the ‘chosen one’.

Join us on our first evening, crafted around one of Schumann’s most well-loved song cycle Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op. 42 (Woman’s Love and Life),
written in the year of his marriage to Clara Schumann – this single euphoric year that saw Schumann produce more than half of his total song output throughout
his entire lifetime, and which includes his Dichterliebe Op. 48 (Poet’s Love), his Liederkreis Op. 39, and Myrthen Op. 25 – Schumann’s wedding present to Clara.

This contrasted with his last song cycle, Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Op. 135, another biographical set, where Schumann goes into the heart
of Mary Stuart’s tragedy and presents with understated despair, the spiritual state of a woman under the looming shadow of death;
will sandwich works by Thomas Adès derived from his opera “The Tempest”, based on Shakespeare’s final masterpiece
and adapted spaciously to allow Adès the creation of a magical world with huge emotional and musical range.

Evening Concert I 8pm 18 May 2018

Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73 for clarinet and piano

Schumann Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op. 42

Adès Court Studies from “The Tempest” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Adès 2 Shakespeare Songs from “The Tempest” (from Purcell)

Schumann Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Op. 135

Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F major Op. 80

 Join us on our second evening, as we venture into the musical poetry found in the mature and late years of Brahms ~
his gloomy and tragic c minor Piano Quartet which boasts, in its slow movement, one of the most glorious cello solo openings ever written;
his 2 Songs for alto, viola and piano, written 20 years apart, for his close friend Joseph Joachim (incidentally, also the artist who pushed for Brahms’
first meeting at age 20 with Robert Schumann) and his wife; and closing with the patient and spacious Clarinet Quintet in b minor,
Brahms’ last chamber music work, known for its perfect expression of melancholy, nostalgia and an autumnal glow.

Evening Concert II 8pm 19 May 2018

Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor Op. 60

Brahms Two Songs for alto, viola and piano Op. 91

Brahms Clarinet Quintet in b minor Op. 115

Esplanade Recital Studio
Dates: 18 & 19 May 2018
Time: 8-9:45pm

About the artists:
Luca Buratto
Daniel Chong
Giovanni Gnocchi
Florent Héau
Jazimina MacNeil
Tang Tee Khoon
Jessica Thompson