Sonata in a Minor D 784 (Allegro giusto - Andante – Allegro vivace) (piano solo)
Piano Quintet in E-flat major
Royal String Quartet
/// Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. W. Lutosławskiego
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In this year's edition of Kwartesencja, we have invited a young, award-winning pianist, who strongly associates his work with the historical piano. As Tomasz Ritter emphasizes: „This instrument is not as predictable as the modern piano. Switching between these two is considered unsafe and unpopular with many performers, but it is thanks to the period instrument that I discover something different in the works, than I used to hear in dozens of recordings, even of well-known compositions. It is a provocation, or even a nudge, to go against the flow”.
In the first part of the concert, the winner of the First Prize at the International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments will present a work that holds a special place in the oeuvre of Franz Schubert. The Sonata in a minor D 784 is one of the first compositions that Schubert composed after he had found out that he was terminally ill. It is hard to imagine how great a blow this shocking diagnosis must have been to the 26-year-old. He knew he was dying - the final day of his parting with the world was a question of the near future. One should not expect in this work the conventional, Schubertian „heavenly, long-drawn-out passages”. Their place has been taken by the austere texture, into which bold harmonic solutions (perhaps even bolder than in later works) are woven. Paradoxically, however, what seems most painful are the glimpses of apparent relief - these major moments become an affirmative attempt to find hope in the abyss of despair.
Schumann's Piano Quintet not only stands out from the works of other Romantic composers, but is also regarded as his best chamber composition; it is a concise work of perfectly balanced proportions. Schumann dedicated it to his wife, Clara, who was among the musicians performing it for the first time. It was the work that Clara first heard in a private concert at the home of her father, when the daughter visited him to reconcile after the long conflict caused by her marriage to Schumann (the wedding took place despite her father's disapproval, which caused a considerable deterioration in family relations). This „magnificent work, full of vigor and freshness”, as Clara described it, was performed many more times during her life, each time eliciting praise from audiences and critics.