CMS of Lincoln Center: Vienna to Hollywood
CMS of Lincoln Center: Vienna to Hollywood

February 24, 5:00 pm

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Works by Schubert and Korngold evoke the drama, fantasy, and romance of two of the world’s great musical capitals — Vienna and Hollywood — in this new program from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Vienna, Europe’s preeminent musical capital throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, has likely produced more music beloved by more people than any other city in the world. Rather surprisingly, however, the great Franz Schubert was the only major composer to actually be born in this great city. Known for the grace, lyricism, and suppleness of his melodic writing, his sense of color, and the emotional immediacy of his works, this program showcases two of Schubert’s greatest chamber music compositions: the Fantasie in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, and the Fantasy in C major for Violin and Piano.

Hollywood has long been synonymous with motion pictures, and over the years it lured many of Europe’s leading composers, including Nino Rota, Miklós Rózsa, Ennio Morricone, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, to provide music, equally as visceral as the moving images on the silver screen, to some of the greatest films of the twentieth century. Korngold grew up in Vienna, and as a boy was proclaimed a genius by none other than Gustav Mahler. His career eventually brought him to Hollywood where he achieved tremendous success as a composer for films by Warner Bros. and Paramount Studios. But it wasn’t only in the cinema that Korngold’s genius shone through. In works such as the lush Suite Op. 23, he proved that he was the true heir to the grand line of Austro-Germanic musical legacy that ran from Mozart through Schubert, to Wagner, Mahler, and Strauss. Written for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who tragically lost his right arm in World War I, the Suite is an extraordinary and epic chamber work that stands alongside the great piano quartets and quintets in the repertory.

SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 940, Op. 103
SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934, Op. 159
KORNGOLD Suite for Piano Left Hand, Two Violins, and Cello, Op. 23

Juho Pohjonen, piano
Wu Qian, piano
Sean Lee, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Mihai Marica, cello


The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center The nation’s premier repertory company, under the artistic direction of David Finckel and Wu Han, is committed to creating extraordinary programs that deliver the finest chamber music repertoire and artists. This season, they renew their multi-year residency and bring us a series of Saturday afternoon performances. Each program will be preceded by a “Meet the Artists” talk, starting at 4:15pm, open to all ticket buyers.