Brahms Sextets (2018)

Brahms

Sestetto Stradivari

In the contents and cohesive context of the chamber works of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), the two Sextets for two violins, two violas and two cellos (op.18 and op.36) form a compositional diptych that expresses, clarifies and consolidates the link with a classical tradition that is well assimilated in forms and constructs, but enriched by an extensive and expressive thematic lexicon, by an original, and in certain senses, innovative conception of the variation of development, and by functional and systematic harmonic substrates.
Composed between 1858 and 1865, these two works configure a sound space that is wholly unusual (the only significant precedent might be found in the Sextet op.140 by Luis Spohr, which dates to 1850), which departs from the four-dimensional monochrome of the string quartet and makes possible, perhaps in a spatial optics of an unconscious pianistic derivation, the aggregation and alternation of various and dialectic combinations of instruments. Further, the consequent dilatation of form appears to occur, or better, to become concrete, in the gradual acquisition of symphonism, the fruit of unceasing preparatory work (from to the Serenades op.11 and op.16, and from the Concerto in E minor for piano and orchestra op.15, to the Variations of a theme by Haydn op.56a), but also and above all matured thanks to the variegated and parallel process of chamber composition. This is, therefore, a kind of slow genesis, but in the accession of works conceived by an undepleted creative genius, capable of moulding ideas and concepts that, in the furrows of tradition, are such in inventio and in tractus (understood as ideation and development) as to express the absolute in music: in an aesthetic context that sees the uncontesteddominanceofmatteroverform,orattheveryleast,the need to place a literary derivation or justification before language (from Berlioz to Liszt, from Wagner to the composers of the national schools), pure music, extraneous to the representation of the sensible world, perhaps finds in Brahms the sole composer capable of realising an anti-Romantic formalism, alien to the representation and expression of sentiments and emotions, non-semantic and inexpressive, but nevertheless conjoined to the supreme beauty of motivic formulations and with the architectonic and structural variations of development already mentioned. Yet, surpassing the hesitations of Hanslick, his thematic statements and related harmonic and instrumental treatment often arouse in the listener multiple sensations and suggestions, though of a different nature, strongly evocative of Romantic ideals, in virtue of passionate phraseologies, lingering passages and tormented melodic elaborations.

 

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Sestetto Stradivari

Featured by solo instruments of the Orchestra “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome, Stradivari Sextet has been founded on december 2001 on the occasion of planned concerts, during the International Exhibition “L’arte del Violino” held in Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
Harmony, cohesion and passion profused for this first event became an inspiration for a bigger and wide-ranging project. Stradivari Sextet is now committed in several concerts for the most important national and international musical institutions. In the last years the Sextet has been invited by eminent associations, such as “Alessandro Scarlatti” in Naples, “Festival Paganiniano di Carro”, “Amici della Musica di Montegranaro”, “Amici della Musica di Firenze”, “Concerti d’Altamarca”, Palau de la Musica in Valencia. Invited by Mario Brunello the Sextett played in the amazing valley of Laghetti di Bombasel in front of 1000 people during Suoni delle Dolomiti Festival 2010. 2014 Sextet activity: International Festival of Ravello, return to Naples Scarlatti Association, Latin America tour – with the pianist Eduardo Hubert in Argentina, in Brazil as special guests for “Na copa na Italia” cultural events for World football Championship – and China tour in November.

2015 Sextet activity: Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Festival MiTo, Merate Musica, Teatro di Gualtieri. Next concerts: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fondazione Pistoiese Pro Musica, Festival Trame Sonore Mantova, Maggio della Musica di Napoli, tournée to Russia. Stradivari Sextet is regularly invited teaching in chamber music masterclasses and is Residence Artist in Villa Pennisi in Musica in Acireale, Catania.

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Brahms Sextets (2018)

Brahms

Sestetto Stradivari

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