Throughout the concerts, discover the different facets of Brahms: virtuoso pianist, but also chamber musician and orchestrator of genius.
A new lease on life
For Brahms as for Mozart, the discovery of the clarinet is a strong moment that revives their inspiration. In 1771, Mozart, usually so prolix, composed little. The clarinet was at that time a relatively new instrument which opened vast horizons for him. In 1891, Brahms was an old man covered with glory but very tired. A chance meeting with the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld revealed the technical possibilities of the instrument and gave him the energy to embark on a final creative phase. The clarinet served by two brilliant and contrasting compositions: an unparalleled treat!
“A velvety attack, a sound all in roundness and full of warmth where inspired expressiveness and accesses of passion are mixed. A romantic sound in all its perfection. (…) Sharon Kam seems to have transformed her instrument into a human voice. Peter Burske, Postdamer Neueste Nachrichten
For more than twenty years, Sharon Kam has been one of the world’s leading clarinetists. She has been invited as a soloist by the most important orchestras in the United States, Europe and Japan. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Sharon Kam also collaborates with artist friends such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Müller-Schott and the Jerusalem Quartet, whose violist is her brother. For the 100th anniversary of Max Reger’s death, Sharon Kam recorded the clarinet quintets of Reger and Brahms in October 2015.
“Passion, precision, warmth, a golden mix: these are the hallmarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.”
New York Times
Since the Jerusalem Quartet’s inception in 1993 and its debut in 1996, the four musicians have embarked on a journey that results in a vast repertoire and a striking depth of expression. The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and valued guest on the world’s major concert stages. It records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. In 2020, they released the second album of their Bartók collection.
Sharon Kam, clarinet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K. 581
Quintet for clarinet and strings in B minor, Op. 115
Doors open at 18:30.
Student : 15 CHF
Children -15 years old : Free entrance
Festival pass : 220 CHF (excluding children's concert).
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