Program includes Beethoven, Prokofiev and Dvořák. Featured Musicians: Peggy Pearson, oboe; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Jennifer Frautschi, Harumi Rhodes & Dylan Kennedy, violins; Marcus Thompson, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Thomas Van Dyck, double bass; Rieko Aizawa, piano.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2
Quintet for Winds and Strings in G Minor, Op. 39
Bass Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G Major is one of three trios that he composed for his patron and friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. The piece shifts between Mozartian and Haydnesque moods while containing a slow introduction in the first movement, a muted third movement scherzo, dexterous modulations in character and mood—these carry the mark of only Beethoven. The influence of Paris’s increasingly experimental music scene is evident in Prokofiev’s Quintet for Winds and Strings in G minor. The atypical combination of oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and bass embark on a boisterous and polytonal adventure that is paved by Prokofiev’s harmonic ambition and deft melodic lines. For a piece dedicated “to my country,” it is no surprise that Dvorak’s Bass Quintet in G major melds Czech folk influences with Western Classicism. The bass is an uncommon addition, but subtly extends the range of colors that the quintet is able to produce.