Oxford May Music: Einstein’s Music


Nicholas Daniel - oboe; Simon Blendis, Jack Liebeck – violin; Simon Oswell – viola; Richard Lester - cello; Katya Apekisheva - piano.

J. Brahms - Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 B. Martinu - Madrigal Stanzas, H. 297 E. Bloch - “Baal Shem” P. Haas - Oboe Suite Op. 17 W.A. Mozart - String Quintet in G Major K516

Einstein played the tranquil and beautiful Brahms G Major sonata while a schoolboy in Switzerland ; Martinu dedicated the Madrigal Stanzas to him and he gave the world premiere in Princeton; Einstein was President of the Ernest Bloch Society. Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva conclude the violin and piano section of the concert with the “Baal Shem” suite, the mournful “Vidui”, the virtuosic “Nigun” and the scorching “Simchas Torah”. After the interval, we are delighted to welcome Nicholas Daniel, who plays Pavel Haas’ Oboe Suite, which was composed just before he died in a concentration camp; this is included as a homage to Einstein’s fight against Nazism. We conclude with the last chamber work in which Einstein is documented as playing before his death, Mozart’s towering G Major String Quintet.

There is no dress code.

No babies permitted. 

Duration: 1 hour with interval

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