Three excellent artists and three exceptional chamber works by composers associated with Vienna of the 18th and 19th centuries. The concert in June will bring the listeners closer to the works songs whose goal is above all the joy of musicmaking.
In the times of Joseph Haydn, Vienna was full of life, also in the musical sense. Music was played and sung in taverns, performed at the aristocratic courts. The Viennese, who were passionate about making music together, particularly liked to perform the latest works in the cosiness of their homes. Chamber music, which over the years gained more and more importance in the work of many composers, was perfect for performances at home. Joseph Haydn became an undisputed authority in this area. Apart from string quartets, his most popular chamber works include piano trios, of which Haydn composed over 40. Piano Trio in E flat major was most likely intended to be played by Count Morzin, as Haydn worked for him as a court composer. Mozart's achievements in the field of chamber music are less numerous, though very interesting musically. The penultimate of the 7 piano trios is a work in which critics look for stylistic references to the famous operas of the composer: Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. The Piano Trio in E flat major by Franz Schubert contrasts with the intimate compositions of the Viennese classics. The work turned out to be exceptional for the composer himself: it was his only work which he managed to publish outside of Austria. The publisher of the composition – Leipzig’s Probst – was not quite sure of the investment's success, considering it ‘a work of honour that cannot bring profit’. His lack of enthusiasm is surprising given the good reception of the Trio by the public and critics, which the composer noted in his letters.
Works of Viennese masters will be performed by three excellent artists collaborating with each other regularly. The violin part will be performed by Daniel Sepec, who has been the concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for over 20 years. On the NFM stage, Roel Dieltiens will also appear an unquestionable authority among contemporary cellists, lecturer at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and a member of the jury at prestigious international music competitions (including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition). The unique trio will also include Andreas Staier, one of the leading harpsichordists and pianists, honoured with the title of ‘Artist of the Year’ by the International Classical Music Awards (2014).