Artists

Elena Baschkirowa-Barenboim

Piano

Mojca Erdmann

Soprano

Karl-Heinz Steffens

Clarinet

Martina Gedeck

Recitation

Michelangelo String Quartet

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Program

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Three Pieces for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

"...or does it mean death?"

Eight songs arranged for Soprano and String Quartet by Aribert Reimann

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 581

Fanny Hensel

Reading from letters

“He is the Mozart of the 19th century, the brightest of musicians, who sees more clearly than others through the contradictions of our time and is the first to reconcile them.” Thus Robert Schumann described his friend and contemporary Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Pianist Elena Bashkirova, artistic director of Leipzig’s Mendelssohn-Festtage, has curated a two-day festival: in addition to works by Mozart, the program also includes the masterful Piano Trio by Felix’s sister Fanny Hensel and Aribert Reimann’s arrangement of Mendelssohn songs. Actress Martina Gedeck joins the extraordinary ensemble of musicians to read from Fanny Hensel’s letters.