Quintet for piano and string quartet G minor (1886)
Trio for piano, clarinet and violoncello in A minor (1891)
Quintet for two violins, viola and two violoncellos F-sharp minor (1945)
Three composers whose biographies are linked with Cologne united on one programme: Walter Braunfels, who was removed from his post as the director of the Cologne Academy of Music by the Nazis, wrote his string quintet in “internal exile” in Überlingen am Bodensee towards the end of his life. Max Bruch’s piano quintet commemorates his time in Liverpool, where he was not only the director of the Philharmonic Society, but also got to know his wife. The clarinet trio, finally, had its origin in Johannes Brahms’s late love for the clarinet: as Eduard Hanslick wrote, he was veritably “wedded” to the sound.