Chamber Music Today welcomes the highest world class artists to Korea's stages. Past artists have included the Emerson String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, Daniel Hope, Sebastian Knauer, and many others.
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December 2, 2017; 3:00 pm
THE WORLD OF BRAHMS
December 3, 2017; 3:00 pm
A TASTE OF CULTURES
December 4, 2017; 8:00 pm
It is with tremendous joy and excitement that we return to Seoul for the seventh annual Chamber Music Today festival, Mastery! Since our very first season, we have taken great pride in presenting the world’s finest artists and offering unforgettable performances of both the beloved treasures and delightful new discoveries of the chamber music repertoire. In our 2017 season, every work of every program promises thrilling feats of artistic mastery, and each program culminates in an extraordinary, firework-like display of virtuosity at the hands of the festival’s incredible performers.
Beginning with two works of Mozart, our captivating journey commences in eighteenth century Vienna, before juxtaposing the elegant Classical expression of virtuosity with the extroverted passion of the Romantic master Robert Schumann. The program concludes with explosively exciting music by Felix Mendelssohn, the young genius of the early Romantic period. Specially selected because of their astounding virtuosity and traveling from literally all over the world to make their CMT debuts in this program are French hornist Radovan Vlatković, pianist Juho Pohjonen, violinists Paul Huang and Ani Kavafian, and cellist Dmitri Atapine.
Our second program is centered around perhaps the singular most important figure of the German Romantic period: Johannes Brahms. Brahms’s incredibly meticulous craftsmanship is revered to this very day and his compositions have become utter staples of the chamber music canon, their technical and musical sophistication challenging even the most skilled musicians. Every work on this program celebrates Brahms’s irreplaceable contributions to the repertoire and showcases the consummate artistry of violinist Erin Keefe and violist Paul Neubauer, both making their return to CMT this season.
The final program of the festival takes us out of Germany and to the vast lands of Russia, sampling daringly virtuosic pieces composed by Reinhold Glière and Sergei Prokofiev, and also to Hungary with music of Zoltán Kodály, who was profoundly interested in and influenced by his country’s rich folk music traditions. With our musical palate sufficiently cleansed of our first two all-German programs by showy Russian and Hungarian favorites, we return to Germany and the exhilarating music of Schumann for a rollicking finale as we bring our 2017 season to a full circle close.
We are delighted for you to join us in this remarkable celebration of virtuosic artistry at the highest level, and we hope to see you at all of the concerts!
With best wishes,
David Finckel and Wu Han