Three Romantic trailblazers: Robert Schumann, musical genius and influential critic; his wife, the child prodigy pianist and groundbreaking performer/composer Clara Schumann, who navigated new paths as a 19th-century woman; and the young Johannes Brahms, who entered the couple's life at the beginning of his career. Brahms's Scherzo, composed in the same year that the 20 year-old had his life-changing first encounter with the Schumanns, boldly opens the program. Robert Schumann’s fantastical Carnaval continues to sound original and inventive today. A revelatory concert of great romantic works performed on period instruments including an 1820’s Conrad Graf-style fortepiano.
Johannes Brahms Scherzo in C Minor for violin and piano
Clara Schumann Selected Romances Op. 22 for violin and piano
Robert Schumann Carnaval, Op. 9
Trio in D Minor for piano, violin and cello, Op. 63