Christmas Concerts in Luxembourg and Brussels
The 28th and 29th of November the Belgian-Danish chamber music ensemble the Hartmann Quintet will play the mostly forgotten music of Emil Hartmann in the Danish Church in Luxembourg and the Danish Church in Brussels respectively.
The quintet consists of Daniel Blumenthal on piano, Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider and Nicolas Dupont on violins, Tony Nys on viola, and Justus Grimm on cello.
The quintet plays the work of Emil Hartmann (1836-1898) who was a Danish composer of great talent. Unfortunately, he spent most of his life in the shadow of his father, J.P.E. Hartmann, and his brother-in-law, Niels. W. Gade, who were two of the most famous and influential Danish composers of the 19th century within the genre of chamber music.
Hartmann’s descendants now live in Belgium. A Belgian-Danish affiliated ensemble is therefore the perfect way to honor Emil Hartmann’s music. It is made possible by Danish docent of The Royal Danish Academy of Music and first violinist in the chamber quintet, Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider, who made some thorough detective work across Europe to re-discover Emil Hartmann’s music – she even found never before seen manuscripts, which were thought to be have been lost. Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider transcribed the sheets and has taken up playing them with her chamber quintet.
The effort Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider made to find the lost pieces, made it possible to expand the knowledge of the important, Danish, late romantic composer Emil Hartmann – abroad and in Denmark. The works Zeuthen Schneider recovered are:
- Piano quintet, op. 5 (1865)
- String quartet, a minor, op. 14 (app. 1872-75)
- Andante and Allegro for violin and piano (unknown date)
The music of Emil Hartmann is not known by many and is played by even few. For that reason, it’s an even greater pleasure to present the Hartmann Quintet at our yearly Christmas concert this year.
The programme of the concerts will consist of a combination of Emil Hartmann’s work and – of course – some Christmas carols. After the concerts, refreshments will be served.
With support from Oticon Foundation, the concerts are a collaboration between the Embassy of Denmark to Belgium and Luxembourg, the Danish Church in Luxembourg and in Brussels and Danish Cultural Institute.
The concert in the Danish Church in Luxembourg will take place at Rue de la Congrégation 5, 1352 Luxembourg at 19:30 the 28th of November.
The concert the Danish Church in Brussels will take place at Rue Washington 27, 1050 Ixelles at 20:00 the 29th of November.
© Constantin Hansen, artnet