Mozart: Quartet in F major for Strings, K. 590, “Prussian”
Saint-Saëns: Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75
Dvořák: Sextet in A major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 48
Wu Han, Piano; Paul Huang, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; David Finckel, Cello; Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin; Brendan Speltz, Violin; Pierre Lapointe, Viola; Brook Speltz, Cello.
Mozart: Quartet for Strings in F major, K. 590, “Prussian”
Dvořák:Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos in A major, Op. 48 – Tuesday, August 20
The word “brilliant” can only begin to describe a program of three incomparable craftsmen and the performers who bring their works to life on stage. Mozart introduces an evening of astounding technique with his “Prussian” string quartet, a showcase for the cello; Saint-Saëns’s Sonata adds fireworks for the violin, and closing out this program and CMS’s 2019 residency at SPAC is Dvořák’s glowing String Sextet, a truly gratifying way to end a season.
- Mozart’s quartet is one of three that he wrote in 1789-90 for the King of Prussia. The king was an avid cellist and the cello has a prominent part in this quartet.
- Saint-Saëns’s brilliant violin sonata was written during a renaissance in French chamber music that followed the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
- The middle two movements of Dvořák’s sextet are based on traditional Slavonic dances. This was Dvořák’s way of integrating his Czech heritage with the German music tradition of the time.