Sextets by Brahms and Tchaikovsky
with Benicia Chamber Players
3:00 PM PT
Benicia Community Congregational Church (click for map)
Tickets $20, students $5
Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: two great Romantics, born exactly seven years apart. The younger Tchaikovsky wrote music of the heart, centered on emotion and athleticism. And he resented Brahms for his intricate, skillfully crafted Germanic works, calling him “a giftless bastard” and “a conceited mediocrity” in his diary. That was before the two met for dinner, on New Year’s Day 1888, and . . . had a great time. Brahms was coarser in person than Tchaikovsky expected, smoking cigars and letting the ash fall in his beard. Tchaikovsky came off more refined, smoking high-quality cigarettes. Both drank a lot. And they met at least one more time to do the same.
So, want to come hear their music?
Johannes Brahms | Sextet in G Major, op. 36
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Sextet in D Minor, op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence”
The Sierra Quartet
Alexandra Simpson, viola
Brady Anderson, cello