Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

2019 Winter Festival //

Day-by-Day
Full Program

Friday, January 18, 2019

recital
6:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Joyce Yang plays Schumann
Carnaval for Piano, Op. 9
Free Event
concert
7:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Brahms, Martinů, and Beethoven

Listener’s Guide:

Johannes Brahms – Sonata in E-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2:

  • Originally composed for the clarinet, the composer later transcribed the piece for viola to take advantage of the instrument’s lower register.

Bohuslav Jan Martinů – Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H. 313

  • With only two instruments, Martinu creates an incredible range of tonal color and mood. The second piece is incredibly tender, and the finale hides several musical jokes, including a reference to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost”

  • The slow middle movement gives this, one of the most famous of all piano trios, its nickname. The haunting melody is said to be inspired by the opening scene of Hamlet.
Sonata in E-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No.2
Duo for Violin and Viola No. 2, H. 331
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost"

Saturday, January 19, 2019

recital
6:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Nicolas Kendall and Efe Baltacigil play Rogerson
Duo
Free Event
concert
7:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Schubert, Kodály, and Brahms

Listener’s Guide:

Franz Schubert – Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” for Flute and Piano in E minor, D. 802

  • Based on a song from his famed “Die schöne Müllerin” cycle, these variations allowed Schubert to explore the beautiful melody in greater detail and variety.

Zoltán Kodály – Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12

  • Based on traditional Hungarian folk melodies, the Serenade is filled with virtuosic passages for all three musicians.

Johannes Brahms – Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25

  • Brahms’ first Piano Quartet has withstood the test of time with beautiful melodies, and a dazzling finale that is as virtuosic as anything in the repertoire for the pianist.
Introduction and Variations on "Trockne Blumen" for Flute and Piano in E minor, D. 802
Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12
Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25

Sunday, January 20, 2019

recital
2:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Sean Lee plays Paganini
Selections from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
Free Event
concert
3:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Debussy, Beethoven, and Shostakovich

Listener’s Guide:

Claude Debussy – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

  • The first piece written for this group of instruments, it paved the way for composers looking for a wide range of musical color in a small ensemble.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

  • Quintessentially Beethoven, this sonata was written when he learned of his impending deafness and moves from a characteristically dark place to a triumphant and defiant tone.

Dmitri Shostakovich – Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57

  • The musical language is a nod to Bach with the structure of a prelude and fugue in the first two movements, but in the style of Shostakovich with his modern soundscape.
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57

Friday, January 25, 2019

recital
6:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Tessa Lark
Free Event
concert
7:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Shostakovich, Janáček, and Schumann

Listener’s Guide:

Dmitri Shostakovich – Duets for Two Violins and Piano

  •  With a distinctly Viennese sound, these extremely melodic miniatures also contain Shostakovich’s typical harmonies, particularly in the final movement Waltz.

Leoš Janáček – String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”

  • Inspired by Tolstoy’s novella, which was itself inspired by Beethoven’s Violin Sonata, this work is programmatic musically telling the story of jealousy and rage found in Tolstoy’s story.

Robert Schumann – Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 47

  • One of the favorites of the repertoire, this quartet features beautiful, lush melodies and strong contrasts between the piano and strings, hallmarks of Schumann’s chamber music.
Duets for Two Violins and Piano
String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Saturday, January 26, 2019

recital
6:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Anton Nel plays Schubert
3 Klavierstucke, D. 946
Free Event
concert
7:30 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Hindemith, Britten, and Schubert

Listener’s Guide:

Paul Hindemith – Trio No. 1 for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 34

  • In this modern and melodic piece, each instrument has a separate but equal voice, creating a sense of power and fullness when the instruments play in unison.

Benjamin Britten – Gemini Variations for Flute, Violin and Piano, Food-hands, Op. 73

  • Britten wrote several famous sets of Themes and Variations based on other composers work. This one, on music by Kodaly, was written for brothers, one who played flute, the other was a violinist, and both were pianists.

Franz Schubert – String Quartet in G Major, D. 887

  • Massive in scope and scale, this quartet, Schubert’s last, was composed in just over one week’s time.
Trio No. 1 for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 34
Gemini Variations for Flute, Violin and Piano, Four-hands, Op. 73
String Quartet in G Major D. 887

Sunday, January 27, 2019

recital
2:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
The Ehnes Quartet plays Mozart
String Quartet in F Major, K. 590
Free Event
concert
3:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Debussy

Listener’s Guide:

Gabriel Fauré – Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 13

  • One of the first in a long line of great French Violin Sonatas, Fauré’s first sonata has balanced writing for both instruments and lyrical melodies in the Romantic style.

Camille Saint-Saëns – Quartet for Piano and Strings in B-flat Major, Op. 41

  • Sweeping melodies and clear musical lines show that while not known for his chamber music, Saint-Saëns’ writing rivals that of other Romantic composers and this work deserves a place in the pantheon of great piano quartets.

Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

  • Debussy only wrote one string quartet, but this masterpiece showcases his talents as a master of the timbre, or color, of the instruments in the group.
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 13
Quartet for Piano and Strings in B-flat Major, Op. 41
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10