Friday, June 24 at 8:00pm
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Composers often hide secrets in their music, including expressions of love and lust. ChamberFest heads boldly into these realms with a revealing program. Janáček’s infatuation with a young woman permeates the string quartet Intimate Letters, Wagner’s crush on the wife of a patron inspired him to compose the Wesendonck Lieder, and César Franck’s ardor for a student makes his Piano Quintet in F minor one of the Romantic era’s most sizzling chamber works.
But there’s more, if you wish: a rare performance of Erwin Schulhoff’s Sonata Erotica, a solo for female depicting ecstasy and release. (Think of the delicatessen scene in the film When Harry Met Sally and you get the drift.) Due to this short work’s controversial nature, it will be presented during intermission, when listeners can decide if they want to experience it.
RICHARD WAGNER, Selections from Five Songs on Texts of Mathilde Wesendonck arranged by Looten
LEOŠ JANÁČEK, String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
ERWIN SCHULHOFF, Sonata Erotica for Solo Female Vocalist – FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!
CÉSAR FRANCK, Quintet for Piano and String Quartet in F minor
Julie Albers, cello
David Bowlin, violin
Diana Cohen, violin
Marjorie Maltais, mezzo soprano
Alexi Kenney, violin
Teng Li, viola
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Roman Rabinovich, piano
Itamar Zorman, violin
Eric Kisch – Host of Musical Passions, WCLV