Music imitates life: season of Brahms follows Beethoven
Brahms followed in Beethoven’s footsteps in real life and made the latter a model for his music.
The Seoul Philharmonic will present five of Brahms’ orchestral and four of his chamber pieces throughout the year. The “Brahms Special” began on Jan. 9 with a presentation of Brahms’ orchestral pieces, and it is going to present three chamber music pieces next Tuesday at the Sejong Chamber Hall at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
The four scheduled performances of the chamber music series will present the Brahms violin sonata and string sextet cycles. For the performance next Tuesday, 12 members of the orchestra will perform three string pieces: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor (Op. 108), String Quintet No. 1 in F Major (Op.88) and String Sextet No. 1 in B flat Major (Op. 18).
“Perhaps you haven’t received better works than this string quintet from me, among my works published within the last 10 years. This might sound like an orchestral work though it is a string quintet,” Brahms wrote.
Brahms wrote two string sextets in his life. String Sextet No. 1 was written in 1860 when he was 27 years old, using the elements of folk songs.
Violin Sonata No. 3 will be performed by violinist Marko Komonko; String Quintet No.1 by violinists Yim Ga-jin and Yu Min-na, violists Jin Min-ho and Anton Kang and cellist Kang Chan-uk; and String Sextet No. 1 by violinists Dennis Kim and Kim Hyo-kyung, violists Hung-wei Huang and Lim Joseph and cellists Park Eun-ju and Kim Min-kyung.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ticket prices ranges from 10,000 won ($11) to 30,000 won. The six other performances of the Brahms Series are scheduled on June 12, June 27, Aug. 19, Sept. 6, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. For information, call the orchestra at (02) 3700-6300.
By Limb Jae-un Staff Writer [email@example.com]