Janáček philharmonic OstravaK/Chamber seriesK4 Kněžíková – Vondráček duo

K4 Kněžíková – Vondráček duo

04. 04. 2022
19:00 p.m.
Dům kultury města Ostravy
from 200 CZK

Robert Schumann
A Woman’s Love and Life, song-cycle, Op. 42

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in A major D. 664

Franz Liszt
Three Petrarch Sonnets for voices and piano S.270

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Richard Strauss
Eight Songs from Last Pages, Op. 10, TrV 141 (pick)


Kateřina Kněžíková – soprano
Lukáš Vondráček – piano


Frauenliebe und Leben (A Woman’s Love and Life) is among the most famous and most beautiful song cycles of Robert Schumann. The author set to music the poems of Adelbert von Chamisso. It is made up of eight songs describing the stages of a woman’s life.

The years 1818-1822 are usually said to be Schubert’s creative crisis and yet at the beginning of this period, he wrote the Piano Sonata in A major. This piece is often performed today and it is Schubert’s shortest sonata – hence its nickname ‘Little’.

Franz Liszt favoured Petrarch’s sonnets and he transformed them into compositions for voices and piano, which is how they will be performed here. These compositions are better known in the version for solo piano.

The Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor is somewhat of an exception to Beethoven’s traditional piano form. It only has two movements, it is lyrical and similar to Schubert’s style. It is without doubt one of Beethoven’s most beautiful sonatas.

Richard Strauss’s song production is quite rich and out of the total 150 songs, only a handful is performed regularly. The collection of eight songs Op. 10 was inspired by a collection of poems called Last Pages by Austrian poet Hermann von Gilm. Strauss composed them when he was twenty-one. Curiously enough, the songs of Op. 10 were originally intended to be sang by men.