Hidden Gems

Saturday December 28 | 13:00 hr
Jelmer de Moed & Rik Kuppen  

Bach ‘Wenn ich einmal soll Scheiden’

Brahms Sonate in f minor, Opus 120 No. 1

Nat L’eruption

Schumann Fantasiestücke, Opus 73


Venue: Fundatie van Renswoude

Hidden gems indeed: behind the gem ‘Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden’ the more famous ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’ from Bach’s Matthäus-Passion is hiding. Which, by the way, is in turn an adaptation of an older composition by Hans Leo Hassler – a love song, by the way… Two huge Bach fans also pass by: Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. From the first one, the Fantasiestücke op. 73 can be heard, in which the clarinet can display all its lyrical and turbulent qualities. Highly romantic, even though the composer himself pretentiously named these works ‘Soiréestücke’. And of Schumann’s follower Johannes Brahms, also Bach-minded, the clarinet sonata he wrote for Richard Mühlfeld can be heard. It was Brahms’ favourite clarinettist, whom he described in a letter to Clara Schumann as ‘absolutely the best I know’. These works mark Brahms’ final stage of his compositional oeuvre. They are undoubtedly in good hands with Jelmer de Moed and his accompanist Rik Kuppen. Despite their young age, the Princess Christina Competition has already invited both musicians for tours through Mexico, Slovenia and Croatia.