Unfortunately Filtsch died when he was only 14 years old and his surviving music gives an indication of just how talented he was. He published various piano and string music and we were fortunate to listen to a selection.
We then compared the two composers music by listening to Chopin's Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Minor Opus 63 and Chopin's Polonaise Brilliant in C Major.
After this we listened to various more popular pieces:
- The Flower Duet from the Opera Lakme. This music by Leo Delibes premiered in 1883 and has survived because of Joan Sutherland and the music's use in commercial advertising.
- The Depth of the Temple Duet from Bizet's Pearl Fishers. We listened to both Aretha Franklin and Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma.
- Maria Callas singing a Oh Mio Babbino Caro by Pucini and Un Aura Amorosa by Mozart. Both these pieces are exceedingly beautiful and sounded wonderful through our new sound system.
We finished up listening to the first 15 minutes of The Marriage of Figaro.