Wu Qian, Piano; Calidore String Quartet: Jeffrey Myers, Violin; Ryan Meehan, Violin; Jeremy Berry, Viola; Estelle Choi, Cello; Joseph Conyers, Double Bass
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor for Strings, Op. 18, No. 4 (1799-1800)
Dohnányi: Quintet No. 2 in E-flat minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 26 (1914)
Dvořák: Quintet in G major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 77 (1875)
Three great cities, three great composers. Their music embodied the cultures of their environs, and this program takes us on a vibrant three-city tour with composers as our guides.
Highlighting the afternoon is the SPAC debut of the CALIDORE STRING QUARTET praised by The New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the quartet celebrates both its tenth anniversary and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth this season.
- Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 4 quartet was his first quartet in C minor, a key that he used for many dramatic compositions, including the Pathétique Sonata, Fifth Symphony, and his last piano sonata.
- Hungarian composer Dohnányi was also a renowned pianist and he premiered his Second Piano Quintet, Op. 26, with the Klinger Quartet in 1914.
- Dvořák’s only string quintet with bass, Op. 77, was written for a competition just as the composer was starting to achieve widespread recognition.