Les passions de Clara

Salle Bourgie June 16, 2024

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What is life without passion? Clara Schumann’s was filled with a passion for music and for two important men in her life, her husband Robert Schumann, and the brilliant aspiring composer Johannes Brahms, a protégé of the Schumanns. The fact that Brahms lived in the Schumann home, helped look after their seven children, and, after Robert’s death, remained with Clara in the family home for decades has been the subject of intense speculation. It is not a stretch to imagine Clara and Johannes’ relationship was more than musical. This concert features a world premiere text by actress/writer Geneviève Rochette. Original letters between these three musical icons are the springboard for imagined scenarios of a personal and musical sort. Violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Denis Brott will join the Barbican Quartet, actor/pianist Jean Marchand, and Geneviève Rochette in this exceptional assemblage of performers on the occasion of this world premiere presentation.


  • Venue : Salle Bourgie
  • Producer / Presenter : Montreal Chamber Music Festival
  • World premiere script by : Geneviève Rochette
  • Artists : Barbican Quartet; Giora Schmidt (violin & viola); Denis Brott, Cameron Crozman (cello); Illia Ovcharenko (piano); Geneviève Rochette (author/actress); Jean Marchand (piano/actor)
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