Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Vienna to Paris

SundayAugust 183:00 PM

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Program

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3

Debussy: Quartet in G minor for Strings, Op. 10

Brahms: Quartet No. 2 in A major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 26


Wu Han, Piano; Paul Huang, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; David Finckel, Cello; Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin; Danbi Um, Violin; Pierre Lapointe, Viola; Brook Speltz, Cello.


Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen/video/2015-video-archive-1/beethoven-trio-in-c-minor-for-violin-viola-and-cello-op-9-no-3/

 

Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen/video/2014-video-archive-2/debussy-quartet-in-g-minor-for-strings-op-10/

 

Brahms: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen/video/2017-video-archive-1/brahms-quartet-no-2-in-a-major-for-piano-violin-viola-and-cello-op-26/

Program Notes

The majestic cities of Vienna and Paris were thriving centers of creative energy in the 18th and 19th centuries, nurturing many great artists.  Among those was Beethoven, who wrote a copious amount of works shortly after moving to Vienna in 1792, including his popular Op. 9 string trios. A hundred years later, Debussy’s Paris provided a stunning backdrop for his string quartet, which revealed previously unimagined possibilities for quartet composition. Brahms’s blockbuster piano quartet provides a spectacular finish to the program.

Fun Facts!

  • Beethoven wrote the Op. 9 string trios as a trial run of his string writing abilities before beginning his first string quartets, which would have to stand beside Haydn and Mozart’s masterpieces in the genre.
  • Debussy paid tribute to the illustrious history of the string quartet in the title of his quartet—it’s his only work with an opus number (he doesn’t have works numbered 1-9).
  • Brahms tended to agonize over his compositions and this piano quartet took six years to complete.
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