Strauss & the Sublime
Sunday, November 19, 2017
1 pm Gallery Talk with curator Oliver Tostmann
2 pm Concert, Avery Court
Our Sunday Serenades season opener takes inspiration from the exhibition Sublime North: Romantic Painters Discover Norway, which showcases the awe-inspiring talents of 19th-century Scandinavian artists as landscape painters. Grieg’s wistful Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8 draws on Norwegian folk songs for inspiration, while Strauss’ Piano Quartet in C minor is gentle and aggressive, reflective of both aspects of the Norwegian landscape. Halvorsen’s Handel’s Passacaglia is romantic and virtuosic.
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as a musical counterpart to special exhibitions and the permanent collections. Concerts take place in the museum galleries, and feature Concertmaster and Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal and Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians.
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Caption: Johan Christian Clausen Dahl, View of the Feigumfoss in Lysterfjiord, 1848, Oil on canvas, Private Collection, New York