‘In the last year of my studies I went to Amsterdam for the Conservatoire’s open day, and – as if in a fairy-tale ― (…) said ‘Good morning, I am Kasia Drogosz from Poland and I love the fortepiano very much, though I have never played it. (…) I passed the entrance exam and got a fabulous scholarship,’ recalls the fortepiano master we will hear in a duet with Jarosław Thiel.
Szomol the Dwarf invites you to a concert on the eve of Saint Nicolas Day, with stars of Polish entertainment. The amusing fairy-tale will surely be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Musicians finished their parts one by one, blew out the candles lightening up their music stands and went off the stage on which the shrinking orchestra played the last bars of the Farewell Symphony. In the end, only two players remained in the room: the concertmaster and the composer. This was the world premiere of Symphony in F sharp minor by Haydn in the presence of utterly surprised Nicolaus Prince Esterházy.
An angel and a devil – is how Versailles nicknamed the most famous gamba players at the times of Louis XIV. Marin Marais played delicately and with reserve, whereas Antoine Forqueray drew emotional and energetic sounds from his viola da gamba.
In spite of his great love for Clara, it was not easy for Schumann to be overshadowed by his pianist wife’s fame. He felt he was wasting his time as his wife’s husband only, accompanying her on a tour in early 1842. Finally, under the pretext of necessary work on the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik he co-edited, Robert Schumann returned to their home in Leipzig while Clara continued her performances. Alone in Leipzig, Robert sank his longing for Clara in beer and champagne