This week, Veronika Eberle realises a long term ambition to perform Schubert’s Octet for horn, clarinet, bassoon and strings with a hand-picked “dream team” ensemble of friends and colleagues from across Europe. Composed in response to Beethoven’s Septet and following a tradition of serenades for mixed ensemble, Schubert’s Octet is a substantial and richly scored work for two violins, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn, with the composer treating the ensemble almost as a miniature orchestra.
Veronika is joined by fellow Askonas Holt artist Anna Prohaska. The pair first met as soloists in the same concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, and they are delighted to finally be able to perform together. With bassoonist Marco Postinghel, they have devised an intimate first half of settings of the ‘Salve Regina’ by Schubert and Pergolesi framing Webern’s brief but bleak response to his mother’s death.
The ensemble tours eight venues around Europe between 14 and 29 May.
14 May – Schloss Elmau
16 May – Schwetzingen SWR Festival
19 May – Concertgebouw Amsterdam
20 May – Konzerthaus Dortmund
22 May – Wigmore Hall London
25 May – Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao
27 May – Opéra de Lille
29 May – L’Atlantida, Vic