Brahms, Mendelssohn works highlighted in Sunday concert
Two works from the Romantic era, a golden age of chamber music, will be featured for the finale to Electric Earth Concerts’ June in Jaffrey series at the Grand View Barn on Sunday, June 29, at 4 p.m.
Johannes Brahms’ Quintet in F, Op. 111, written at the peak of his maturity and one of his final pieces, will be paired with the youthful Quintet Op. 18 of Felix Mendelssohn. Each work exemplifies the strengths of these two composers: Mendelssohn’s uncanny ability at the age of 19 to write music so exuberant and so perfect in contrast to the aging Brahms, steeped in poetic nostalgia and in absolute command of the grand tradition he so revered.
The tradition of writing for string quintet began with Mozart, who wrote the first, and some of the best works, for this combination. Composers ever since have embraced the extra viola, expanding on the standard string quartet to great effect, often responding to the ensemble’s darker color and richer textures to create some of their own best work.
Performers include violinist Adela Pena, formerly of the renowned Eroica Trio, and violinist Lilit Gampel; violists Stephanie Fong of Simrock Quartet, Boston, and Jonathan Bagg, Electric Earth’s artistic director; and cellist Gregory Hesselink of Apple Hill and New York City.
Admission is $25. Tickets may be ordered online at ElectricEarthConcerts.org, by calling 646-522-3352, or at the door.