Berlin Counterpoint offers Fun, Mockery and Schadenfreude:

If one were to piece together the strongest 70 minutes of the literature for piano and wind quintet into a program, you would be hard pressed to find a better group of works. What Berlin Counterpoint placed here between the giant compositions of Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss are not only milestones in their respective genre, but also extravagant, cheeky, and thoroughly idiosyncratic pieces.

Berlin Counterpoint is happy to identify itself with any one of these titles, in which a pinch of melancholy and a sprinkle of mockery are mixed with a whole lot of humor to merge into masterpieces that celebrate the joy of life.

Ligeti’s six entertaining bagatelles (one of the shining stars of the wind quintet literature), Poulenc’s Sextuor, and of course Beethoven’s Piano Quintet are core elements of our program. These three pieces have accompanied us from our first day together and yet continue to challenge us again and again in every performance. They are sandwiched by two characterful arrangements that transform the great orchestral sound into a transparent, versatile and yet powerful sextet sound. Despite the lack of the 80 strong orchestra, Till Eulenspiegel still manages to celebrate his cheeky pranks perfectly amongst these 6 musicians.

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Works on the Fun, Mockery and Schadenfreude program include:

Johann Strauss, Fledermaus Overture (arr. Aaron Dan)

György Ligeti, 6 Bagatelles

Allegro con spirito
Rubato. Lamentoso
Allegro grazioso
Presto ruvido
Adagio. Mesto
Molto vivace. Capriccioso

Francis Poulenc, Sextuor Op.100

Allegro vivace
Divertissement: Andantino
Finale: Prestissimo

Ludwig van Beethoven, Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat Major Op.16

Grave – Allegro, ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegro, ma non troppo

Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks