Thies Consort performs a wide range of works of varying
instrumentation and size, thus allowing for innovative
and unique programming with musical continuity based
on a style, composer, or other concept.
Robert borrows from the talents of many musicians from Los Angeles and beyond to bring life, energy, and purpose to these unique programs. Typically the program is designed first, and then the musicians are approached. This format allows the program itself to be the primary focus.
When the Consort made its debut 8 years ago for the South Bay Chamber Music series, founder and pianist, Sidney Stafford remarked afterwards, “I think this is the best concert our organization has ever presented in the past 46 years.” That first program centered around the great French composers and featured Ravel's monumental Trio in A minor, and Franck's Piano Quintet.
The following year, the Consort presented music from the former Soviet Republics, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Estonia, and Georgia, entitled Beyond Russia. In 2010 and 2011, the Thies Consort presented two programs profiling Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, combining their chamber music with their celebrated art song. And in 2013, The Thies Consort commemorated the 60th anniversary of the death of Russian master, Sergei Prokofiev, by presenting his complete Chamber Sonatas, all considered masterpieces.
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Please enjoy an excellent review of a 2016 performance featuring the piano quintets of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Dohnanyi.
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rthiespianist [at] gmail [dot ] com.