New York’s Polydora Ensemble specializes in the chamber repertoire for vocal quartet and piano, and
modulates into smaller and larger formations as well. With a focus on the German repertoire of the 19th century, the ensemble also includes Italian, French, English, and American works in their programming, spanning from the Renaissance to the present day.
This concert will feature Brahms’ popular Liebeslieder-Waltzes in a recent edition by the eminent musicologist and Brahms scholar Michael Musgrave, paired with duets by Brahms and Schumann, and will conclude selections from P.D.Q. Bach’s Liebeslieder-Polkas for S.A.T.B with piano, five hands, which are humorously inspired by the Brahms works, featuring a number of musical surprises. The Liebeslieder-Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer (Opp. 52 and 65, respectively) rank among the most popular vocal chamber works of the 19th century. The unusual scoring for vocal quartet and two pianists, as opposed to the more conventional piano solo instrumentation that had been used in the classical and early romantic period, opened up new possibilities with regard to texture and tone color. The composition of these two sets, among other works, provided Brahms with increased publicity and the security of a royalty-based income within the rising market for music to be played in homes and at social gatherings, though the works have maintained their position within the formal concert repertoire ever since.
The Polydora Ensemble are Sarah Brailey, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano; Nils Neubert,
tenor; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Yuri Kim, piano and David Oei, piano.
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave between 48th and 49th Street)
New York, NY
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
All ticket sales are final, no refunds.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Doors close promptly at the start time. Please show photo ID at the door.