[Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)]
All-Brahms 1889 Berlin Philharmonie-Concert-Zeitung Chamber Music Program
Original Philharmonie-Concert-Zeitung all-Brahms program dated 23 November 1889, including the Trio in C minor, the Sonata for Piano and Violin in D minor, the Sonata for Piano and Violin in F major, and the String Quartet in G minor, all performed by Heinrich Barth, Heinrich de Ahna, Robert Hausmann, and Emanuel Wirth. Barth, de Ahna, and Hausmann had been performing subscription concerts as a trio since 1878, and this Brahms-Abend was part of a new series of 'popular' (cheap) concerts they'd started at the Philharmonie earlier in the same year. The trio would continue performing together for another 20 years, with Wirther replacing de Ahna upon his death in 1892. The booklet also includes advertisements for every sort of local business you can imagine, from chocolatiers to harmonium sellers and lamp oil providers to fan repairmen. Light wear along spine, else fine, 20 pp., 5.5 x 8.75 inches (14 x 22.25 cm.).
Concerts performed by the trio "were frequently mentioned in the papers as being sold out up to their end in 1907. As the Musikalisches Wochenblatt acknowledged, the full house (the Philharmonie had over 2000 seats) indicated that despite Berlin having so much music to offer, there was a need for these cheap concerts of chamber masterworks. A Berlin newspaper concurred: 'It enables a wider circle of our public to get to know the most valued pieces of the German chamber music literature, a pleasure that up till now has not been granted. The extraordinary interest found in the first popular chamber music evening in the Philharmonie is proof of the thankfulness of the music-loving lay public for this new scheme.'... By selling tickets for 1 Mark rather than the usual 3-5 Marks, they attracted an audience made up of the best of Berlin, which, as one reviewer put it, 'we know is not the same as the richest.'" (Sanna Pederson, The Piano Trio of Hausmann, Barth and de Ahna, sannapederson.oucreate.com)