Camerata RCO returns to Schloss Neuhardenberg on 22 August to play Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 D major, Op. 11 and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet A major, “Stadler-Quintett”, KV581. The concert takes place outside in the Neuhardenberg park of the castle.
Johannes Brahms Serenade No. 1 was composed around 1857 – 1858. It is the result of the composer’s intensive study of Mozart’s serenades and Haydn’s symphonies. The usually played final version for a ‘small ensemble’ premiered in Hanover in 1860. However, Brahms had initially written the piece as a nonet; this version was performed for the first time in Hamburg in 1859. It now exists only as a reconstruction and is therefore a genuine chamber music rarity. This ‘light piece of music for the evening’, which is the original meaning of a ‘serenade’, will be performed in the Neuhardenberg park as intended by the young Brahms.