The weekend opens on Thursday, July 13, at 8 pm, in the Big Barn. The evening begins with Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in E-flat major, followed by Max Reger’s lush and romantic String Sextet in F major. After intermission, the musical landscape blossoms from Furrer to Schnittke, finally concluding with Johannes Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge (Two Songs), in which the first song is a lullaby, and the second is an aching response to divorce. Soprano Melanie Henley-Heyn performs the Brahms, with Roger Tapping, violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and the revered pianist Peter Frankl.
Friday night’s concert, July 14, at 8 pm, opens with George Crumb’s “Federico’s Little Songs for Children,” settings of a group of children’s songs by Federico García Lorca for soprano, flutes, and harp. The remainder of the first half is a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from “The Magic Flute,” followed by Mozart’s String Quintet in E-flat major, K.614, which was written in 1791, the same year Mozart wrote “The Magic Flute,” and the same year he died.
After intermission, Friday’s program continues with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Trio. An Austrian-born composer and conductor, Korngold was a child prodigy who immigrated to the United States in 1934.
Before the Saturday, July 15, night concert, Yellow Barn’s personal and informative discussion series introduces the evening’s program through the lens of Schumann’s passionate “Florestan” and contemplative “Eusebius,” the two sides of the composer’s personality that characterize so much of his music. Great artists and teachers Nicholas Mann, Violaine Melançon, and Natasha Brofsky share their insights and lead a discussion together with artistic director Seth Knopp at 7 pm in the Putney Public Library, 55 Main Street.
At 8 pm, Saturday’s program begins with Franz Schubert’s little-known String Quartet in B-flat major, followed by Gérard Pesson’s “Récréations françaises,” a piece full of unusual sounds and shadows for three wind and three string instruments. After intermission is Franco Donatoni’s virtuosic “Alamari,” for viola, cello, and double bass, and the concert culminates with Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, with Peter Frankl making his final appearance of the 2017 festival.
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