Dvorák Terzetto in C major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
Janáček Presto for Cello and Piano
Suk Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1
Dvorák Trio in F minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 65
Gilbert Kalish, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Yura Lee, Viola; David Finckel, Cello; Clive Greensmith, Cello
Pre-concert Talk: Panel Discussion, 7:15pm
Talk will be begin at 7:15pm featuring:
Wu Han, Piano
Gilbert Kalish, Piano
Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin
Clive Greensmith, Cello
David Finckel, Cello
Nationalist composer Dvořák rose to fame in Prague, paving the way for his student and later son-in-law Josef Suk, as well as the highly original Leoš Janáček, who dedicated a number of his works to Dvořák. This program will transport the listener to those cobbled streets of the old town and back to an era when music served as the voice of the Czech people.
- Dvorak is usually said to have been motivated to write his Trio in F minor by the death of his mother, which marked the beginning of a dark period that Dvořák described as one of “doubt, defiance, silent grief, and resignation,” the likes of which hadn’t been as abundant in his previous works.
- The Terzetto in C major was written by Antonin Dvořák as an occasional piece. The composer’s mother-in-law had rented part of her flat to a chemistry student named Josef Kruis, who was also taking private violin lessons with Jan Pelikan. Dvorak sometimes played the viola with them and one day came up with the idea to write a new piece for their small ensemble.
- Upon further practice, Dvořák found that he’d overestimated Kruis’ playing abilities, and wrote an easier work for the same instruments as a result. This work is now known as Miniatures.
Read more here:
- Terzetto in C Major: http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/terzetto
- PIANO TRIO NO. 3: http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/piano-trio3