Janine Jansen, violin
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Adagio from the String Quintet in F major, WAB 112 (orchestral version)
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Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms was rather skeptical and highly critical of his own compositions. One exception is his Serenade No. 2 – unusually scored for winds, augmented by low strings – about which Brahms always spoke with appreciative affection whenever he encountered it in various contexts. To his friend, the gifted violinist Joseph Joachim, for example, he wrote retrospectively: “Don't laugh! I felt quite blissful about it. I have seldom written music with such pleasure; the notes penetrated me so lovingly and softly that I was thoroughly cheerful.” In 1875, Brahms recommended that the Vienna Philharmonic rehearse the “tender piece” with conscientiousness in order to truly bring out the subtleties of the score. While composing it in 1858, the young Brahms was intensively studying the wind serenades of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the latter’s highly virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 4, the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen – acclaimed portrait artist at the SHMF in 2019 – will take on the solo part this evening.
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