Fri. 7 October 2022 – 20:00
Heleen Hulst

Op weg naar Schumann

On it's way to Schumann

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This concert will take place in de Uilenburgersjoel - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91

The Van Swieten Society is a collective of instrumentalists with a passion for music from the classical and early romantic period. They are named after the Baron Van Swieten (born in 1733), a passionate and highly active music lover – and friend of composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven – who was one of the first to programme and promote 'early music'. But the collective doesn't limit itself to the famous masterpieces of this period: like detectives, they dig further into the less well-known works of unrightfully forgotten geniuses.

”The Van Swieten Society fits right in with heroes such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse and Scott & Bailey. They find themselves in places everyone thought they knew, and dig up details that had escaped everyone's attention. The Van Swieten Society is the most successful Cold Case Team of the classical music.” - Reinen Dercksen

The detective-work also expresses itself in the historical instruments that are played, and the deepening into the interpretation and expression of the time in which the pieces were written. The programmes are explained elaborately during the concerts, so there is also a lot to learn!

On it's way to Schumann
Romanticism had many faces. Bach was rediscovered and admired, Mozarts spirit was still floating through musical life and Beethovens mighty music was the criteria for every romantic composer. They all guided music in many directions.

One bloodline runs from the classical architecture of Beethoven through Czerny to Liszt and his virtuosity, another to the innovatie romanticism of Schumann. He left behind the classical language and invented a new way to express himself.

But also Schumann was on the shoulders of predecessors like Hummel, student of Mozart, and Ries, student of Beethoven and Schubert, creators of the most personal expresssiveness in romanticism.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Piano quartet in G, opus posthuum
Ferdinand Ries – Piano quartet in f, opus 13
Franz Schubert – String trio in Bes, D 417
Robert Schumann – Piano quartet in Es, opus 47

Heleen Hulst – violin
Elisabeth Smalt – viola
Mátyás Virág – cello
Bart van Oort – fortepiano



PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This concert will take place in de Uilenburgersjoel - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91

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