Our second release this month is another tribute to composer Johannes Brahms to celebrate his birth month. Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 consists of four movements performed by pairs of violins, violas, and cellos.
This rich work contains a personal message from Brahms to his unrequited love, and showcases an intense emotional range. “To outline (the sextet) is comparatively simple,” writes Jan Sawfford in his biography of Brahms. “The expressive implications are not.” Led by Concertmaster Robert Uchida, ESO musicians Ewald Cheung (Violin I), Keith Hamm (Principal Viola), Ethan Filner (Assistant Principal Viola), Rafael Hoekman (Principal Cello), and Meran Currie-Roberts (Cello), come together on the Winspear stage for a full, lush performance.
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String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op.36
Allegro non troppo
Scherzo: Allegro non troppo – Presto giocoso
Robert Uchida (ESO Concertmaster)
Ewald Cheung (ESO Violin I)
Keith Hamm (ESO Principal Viola)
Ethan Filner (ESO Assistant Principal Viola)
Rafael Hoekman (ESO Principal Cello)
Meran Currie-Roberts (ESO Cello)
Program notes © 2021 by D.T. Baker.