Ironwood: From Schumann to Brahms – New Paths

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Date: 02/06/2017

Starting at: 6:30 PM

Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Recital Hall East (Conservatorium Road, Sydney, NSW, 2000)

Event summary:

Tickets: $45 Adult | $30 Concessions | $10 Students

Season 2 draws audiences into the highly expressive world of Robert Schumann and his close musical ally Johannes Brahms. Hailed for its illuminating forays into the performing style of the nineteenth-century German school, Ironwood presents Schumann’s “extroverted and exuberant” Piano Quintet in E flat op. 44, arguably the first work for piano and strings that revolutionised the piano quintet form in the Romantic era.

Composed in Schumann’s so-called Chamber Music Year of 1842, Clara Schumann who championed the work throughout her life described it as “splendid, full of vigour and freshness”. The Quintet is complemented with Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major op. 87 composed in 1880-2, when the composer had reached the height of his financial success and maturation as a composer. Schumann, in his famous article Neue Bahnen (New Paths), had already extolled Brahms
as “destined to give ideal expression to the times.” Brahms was extremely happy with this work commenting to his publisher: “You have not yet had such a beautiful trio from me and very likely have not published its equal in
the last ten years.”


  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major op. 44
  • Brahms Piano Trio in C major op. 87


  • Robin Wilson (violin)
  • Anna McMichael (violin) guest viola player
  • Daniel Yeadon (cello)
  • Neal Peres Da Costa (historical piano)

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