Australia Ensemble and Leipzig

This was an incomplete post in June 2009 which I published privately.  I am now letting it see the light.

The following Saturday, to the Australia Ensemble. The program was:

J.S BACH (1685-1750): Allemanda from the solo Violin Partita No 2 in D minor BWV1004 (1720), arranged with piano accompaniment by Robert Schumann

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for piano & viola, Opus 113 (1851)

Ludwig THUILLE (1861-1907): Sextet for piano & wind quintet in B flat Opus 6 (1888)

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Piano Quartet in B minor Opus 3 (1825)
– 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth

Very oddly indeed, and with no advertisement, Ian Munro was replaced by [who? by 2019 when I am making this post public I can no longer recal] in the Mendelssohn Quartet. I can only think there was some incapacity which prevented Munro from performing. His replacement could play the part but not really at the same level. Otherwise, the Märchenbilder were, well, magical, and the Thuille was a reminder that Germany had a belle epoque too, with the benefit of a good start on account of winning the Franco-Prussian war. The piece brought most to mind the [R] Strauss wind serenades, so it was not such a surprise to hear that Thuille and Strauss studied together when young.

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