Symposium 'Ahead Toward the Past: Re-inventing Brahms'
For his PhD at Leiden University violinist and conductor Johannes Leertouwer researched the performance practice of Brahms’ orchestral music in the nineteenth century. His key question was: Are there elements of the lost performance practice of the nineteenth century that we can rediscover and use to shed new light on the performance of Brahms’ music for orchestra today?
This question - and Johannes's research - will be further contextualised by lectures, performances, and discussions during this symposium.
You can attend the symposium on Saturday February 4, 10:30-16.00u, Bernard Haitinkzaal of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The evening before, on 3 February, from 20:15 to 21:15, you can attend the Brahms Orchestra Project Concert. More information can be found here.
10:00-10:30 Welcome and coffee/tea
10:30-10:45 Performance: Johannes Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1891 version): Allegro con brio
Maurits Koelmans, piano; Jonas Krebs. violin; Osian Jones, cello
10:45-11:00 Introduction by Lex Bohlmeijer
11:00-11:30 Johannes Leertouwer, Re-inventing lost expressive tools of the past and creating a new “persona” as a performing musician
11:30-12:00 Marcel Cobussen, Disclosing the Virtual through Music
12:15-12:30 Performance: Johannes Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78: Adagio – Più andante
Karina Sosnowska, violin; Maurycy Stawujak, piano
13:15-13:30 Performance: Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 10: Allegro
Shannon Lee, violin; Maurits Koelmans, piano
13:30-14:15 Clive Brown, Reconnecting with the Past: Knowledge, Intuition, Performance
14:30-14:45 Short break
14:45-16:00 Round Table with the speakers and members of the orchestra: Peter Brunt, Antoinette Lohmann, Marten Root, Karina Sosnowska, t.b.a. Moderator, Lex Bohlmeijer