Schnittke Suite in Old Style for Violin and Piano
Shostakovich Quintet in G minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 57
Beethoven Quartet in C-sharp minor for Strings, Op. 131
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano; Nicolas Dautricourt, Violin;
Schumann Quartet: Erik Schumann, Violin; Ken Schumann, Violin; Liisa Randalu,Viola; Mark Schumann, Cello
Pre-concert Talk: Panel Discussion, 2:15pm
Talk will be begin at 2:15pm featuring:
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Nicolas Dautricourt, Violin
Ken Schumann, Violin
Mark Schumann, Cello
In this program, CMS presents three works written by composers at times when they were examining and transforming their own unique styles — sometimes inspired from the old, sometimes searching for the new, but always in an effort to share their own voice.
- The mood of the third movement in Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet has been described as aggressively coarse and rustic by multiple commentators, which some believe was included to satirize Stalin and his henchmen.
- The String Quartet No. 14 was Beethoven’s favorite work of his late quartets, and for good reason. The Op. 131 quartet has been described as a monumental feat of integration. The finale directly quotes the opening fugue theme in the first movement in its second thematic area. This type of cyclical composition was avant-garde for a work of that period.
- Perhaps the most important Russian composer since Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke wrote in a variety of genres. He was a prolific composer of scores for the Soviet film industry. Thematic material from three film scores forms the basis for Suite in the Old Style.
Read more here:
- Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 – About the Work: http://www.kennedy-center.org/artist/composition/3713
- Why are Beethoven’s String Quartets widely regarded as his “greatest compositions”?: https://ums.org/2016/05/17/beethoven-string-quartets-and-contemporary-musicians-how-do-they-combine/