For years, musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. These intimate concerts organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.
An exceptional talent, Clara Schumann held her ground remarkably well in a male-dominated world. Born Clara Wieck on 13 September 1819, she proved early on to be a very gifted pianist and composer. She married Robert Schumann against her father’s wishes. Although she continued to triumph as a concert pianist, her compositional talent would be overshadowed by her husband’s. Four Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra string players thought it high time to right that wrong. This programme focuses on the enormous influence Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of counterpoint, had on so many composers after him including Mozart, both Robert and Clara Schumann, and even on today’s most successful female composer, Sofia Gubaydulina.