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The Golden Prime ~ Schumann, Adès, Brahms

Evening Concerts
9 Nov 2018 Fri 8pm
T. Adès Variations for Blanca
Brahms Violin Sonata in G major
Schumann Violin Sonata No. 3 
Schumann Piano Trio No. 1


10 Nov 2018 Sat 8pm
Schumann 3 Romances for oboe and piano 
Schumann Violin Sonata No. 2 
T. Adès Mazurkas for solo piano
Schumann 5 pieces in Folk Style
Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor


Via a visit to Schumann’s rarely heard 3rd Violin Sonata in a minor, written just months before his productivity was cut short by the final stages of his mental illness; the most recent solo piano works of T. Adès; and Brahms’ c minor Piano Trio, the last he wrote before the announcement of his retirement from composition 3 years later; walk the golden periods of the creative lives of Schumann, Adès and Brahms with us.

Concerts for Children
11 Nov 2018 Sun
3pm for ages 0-6 ‘Dance’
Composers often have a fascination for tradition and for dance.
Journey through the history of a Polish folk dance from Chopin to Adès; and peek into Schumann and Brahms’ take on Folk style and Hungarian tunes with us.
5pm for ages 6-12 ‘Song’
A few days after receiving a letter from Clara Schumann mourning the death of her son, Brahms sent her his Violin Sonata in G, which final movement borrows famously from his ‘Rain Songs’ Op. 59. Discover this poetic musical gift, Brahms’ way of providing a delicate uplift to Clara, his beloved friend.


Visit tangteekhoongrandseries.com for more information and tickets.
“My pen is poor, but my heart beats toward you”
“Many may perhaps understand better how to speak of it, but no one can experience it more than I.”
“I don't believe that one person perceives that melody as blissfully and melancholically as I.” 
– Clara Schumann in reference to Brahms’ Violin Sonata in G major

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9 Aug 2018, 12pm


Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
(15 minutes interval)

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  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
  • Infants in arms or children below the age of 5 shall not be admitted.
  • Children above 5 years must purchase ticket for admission.

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Luca Buratto, pianist

Praised by The Guardian U.K. as “graceful, analytical, meticulous” and “a name to watch”, 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto has appeared in performances at Milan’s La Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, with Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic.  Highlights of the 2018 season included his Konzerthaus Berlin recital debut and his debut as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Gabriel Schwabe, cellist

Laureate of the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and the Concours Rostropovich, Gabriel Schwabe has worked as soloist with the London Philharmonia, the RSB and DSO Berlin, and the NDR Radio Philharmonic.  In chamber music, he performs with Isabelle Faust, Christian
Tetzlaff, and Kirill Gerstein; and his latest recording released in 2018 on Naxos, is of the Schumann cello concerto with Royal Northern Sinfonia under Lars Vogt.

Tang Tee Khoon, violinist

Described as a ‘national treasure’ by the Straits Times, Tang Tee Khoon was the second-ever violinist to be awarded the loan of a J.B. Guadagnini violin c. 1750 by the National Arts Council in Singapore.  Performing internationally as recitalist and chamber musician, collaborations include with Midori, Wu Han, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ian Swenson, and members of the Emerson, Borromeo and Takács Quartets.

Click here for their full biographies.


The composer [Thomas Adès] was in the audience, saluted Mr. Buratto, and, like the rest of us in Zankel Hall, realized we were experiencing an artist who is both illuminating and unafraid.
- ConcertoNet [Luca Buratto, Zankel Carnegie Hall solo recital]
An assured performer, he plays with impeccable technique. His approach to the music of Schumann … reveals an uncommon gift for fresh thinking … Hear him live if you can.
- Alex Baran, The WholeNote Canada, Jun 2017 [Luca Buratto, Hyperion CD recording]
A gift for summoning different shades of colour – not just one after another but simultaneously – is clearly one of Buratto’s great gifts … alongside the risk-taker and brilliant colourist there lurks a poet.
- Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph London, Jan 2017 [Luca Buratto, Wigmore Hall solo recital]
Gabriel Schwabe is a cello phenomenon, commanding his instrument with nuance and facility.
- Norbert Hornig [Gabriel Schwabe]
No one in the audience will soon forget Gabriel Schwabe, as, suddenly, more than a trace of Feuermann could be felt in the hall.
- Harald Eggebrecht  [Gabriel Schwabe]
Despite her petite built, she exuded a big and brawny tone on the violin, one capable of cutting through plangent piano textures and capaciously filling the hall … she alternated between its bittersweet reminiscences and mercurial dervishes so expertly and confidently without as much as breaking into a sweat …
Through these, an unfailingly singing tone happily co-existed with an iron-clad technique and razor-keen responses.
- Straits Times Mar 2014   [Tang Tee Khoon]
Violinist Tang Tee Khoon and friends transcend the ordinary…
… it was a delight to be able to enjoy Schumann's musical genius via this showcase of his chamber music, performed by this distinguished gathering of musicians.
- Straits Times 2015, 2018   [Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series]

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Event Date
Fri, 9 - Sat, 10 Nov 2018


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard : S$82, S$62, S$42, S$32

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