This concert's pairing of music by the two great Romantic composers, Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf, is a fascinating and delightful musical experience in more ways than one. First, works by Schumann bookend the program with two of his most popular chamber works, each containing some of the most lyrical, memorable melodies you will hear anywhere.
In the middle, we hand the vocal responsibilities over to the estimable baritone Thomas Hampson, as he explores, with the Jupiter String Quartet, arrangements of extraordinary songs by the late German romantic composer Hugo Wolf. Separated from Schumann by a couple of generations, Wolf nevertheless carried the same romantic torch and, like Schumann, he suffered from turbulent mental states that easily emerge in his inventive and passionate music.
Schumann: Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113
— Paul Neubauer, viola; Juho Pohjonen, piano.
Wolf: "Auf einer Wanderung" from Gedichte von Eduard Mörike for Voice and String Quartet
Wolf: "Anakreons Grab" from Gedichte von Goethe for Voice and String Quartet
Wolf: "Der Rattenfanger" from Gedichte von Goethe for Voice and String Quartet
— Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello).
Schumann: Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 47
— Juho Pohjonen, piano; Erin Keefe, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello.