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Sunday 6 November 2022  |  2:30PM


'Billow, rain, billow down,
Wake again my old songs
That we sang inside the doorways
When the drops sounded outside!'

– Klaus 
Groth (1819–1899), Regenlied

Brahms' Regensonate – the 'Rain Sonata' for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 – is based on themes from two of his Op. 59 songs: Nachklang (Echo) and Regenlied (Rain Song). Clara Schumann described these borrowed melodies to Brahms as 'blissfully melancholic', and yet, found hope in the delicately uplifting close of the final movement of the Regensonate. In her correspondence was revealed a touching fragility of spirit: 'I always wish that last movement for myself at the passage from here to eternity.'

Robert Schumann composed his first Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 105, over just five days in 1851. Although initially unhappy with the result, with the help of Clara and violinist Joseph Joachim, by 1853 (the year he met Brahms) Schumann was satisfied that the work 'struck the inmost strings of the heart'. It was in these later years of his life, while struggling with his declining mental health, that he was introduced to the young Brahms by Joachim, and their teacher-mentor relationship was forged. 

Natsuko Yoshimoto and Daniel de Borah, two of Australia's finest chamber musicians, will give new life to these two iconic Romantic voices. The Schumann will be paired with Zoltán Kodály's Adagio for Violin and Piano, while the Brahms is placed alongside the delicate and atmospheric Three Pieces for Violin and Piano by György Kurtág. 


Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 105

I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
II. Allegretto
III. Lebhaft

Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)
Adagio for Violin and Piano


György Kurtág (b. 1926)
Three Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 14e

I. Öd und Traurig
II. Vivo
III. Aus der Ferne

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78 Regensonate

I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio – Piů andante – Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato

Duration | Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.
Dining Options | A Ploughman's Lunch can be pre-booked to enjoy before the concert ($25).

Photo Credits:

Natsuko Yoshimoto: Claudio Raschella
Daniel de Borah: Keith Saunders

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