The first evening of the Quartzfestival is a musical encounter of Quatuor Danel and the winner of the second prize of the 2021 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Sergei Redkin. On the programme: Brahms’s Piano Quintet Op. 34. He completed this piece in the summer of 1864 and dedicated it to Her Royal Highness the Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine. It is considered the crowning glory of his chamber music repertoire, with some even going as far as to say that it is the most beautiful piano quintet of all times.
Quatuor Danel has worked with Virpi Räisänen on many occasions. You could say they click. Tonight, they will be premiering 'Little Requiem for Soprano & String Quartet' by Russian composer Alexander Vustin. Vustin died last year, aged 78, from COVID related complications. In 1994, he composed ‘Kleines Requiem’ for soprano and string quartet.
Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C, D703
Virpi Räisänen (mezzo-soprano) & Quatuor Danel
Alexander Vustin: Little Requiem for Soprano & String Quartet
Sergei Redkin (piano) & Quatuor Danel
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F, Op. 34