Brahms and Zemlinsky: Piatti String Quartet, Johnston, Papadakis
23 October 2017, 17:30
Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 7TD
Brahms's two string sextets are epic works of the chamber music repertoire. The second of them, Op.36 in G, is presented here with Zemlinsky's rarely-heard but beautiful song for soprano and string sextet, Maiblumen blühten überall. We are delighted to welcome the Piatti String Quartet to the Festival for the first time.
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942)Maiblumen blühten überall for Soprano and String Sextet
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SopranoLondon born soprano Raphaela Papadakis, winner of the National Mozart Competition, made her professional début at Garsington Opera whilst still a student at the Guildhall School, for which she was praised by the Financial Times as giving "the most attractive solo performance" of the show. Since then, she has gone on to perform roles with Independent Opera and Bury Court Opera, and covered at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Berlin Staatsoper. Operatic highlights this year include appearing as Mozart... Read Full Biography
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