July 1, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Guide

Quartet for Flute and Strings in D Major, K. 285

Mozart wanted to find more lucrative work when these flute quartets were commissioned but he still gave them his full attention creating a beautiful flute solo that rivals any in the canon.

Sonata for Violin and Piano

This sonata veers from previous works of this form because Poulenc did not particularly like the sound of a solo violin. Instead there is an equal balance between instruments compared to many other sonatas.

Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 26

The piano quartet was still a relatively new ensemble of musicians in Brahms’ day and his second Piano Quartet is massive in scope. The first movement is filled with memorable melodies and the adagio is quintessential Romanticism.

Suggested Performances

Brahms Piano Trio, Op. 101

On Wednesday, July 10 James Ehnes, Paul Watkins, and Alessio Bax perform this moving work that balances all three voices to perfection that Brahms was known for late in his career.

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Mozart Piano Trio, K. 542

Mozart’s Piano Trio in E Major, performed on Friday, July 19, showcases all of the composers talents in a work that moves from joy to melancholy with the greatest of ease.

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Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Basson and Piano

Poulenc was known for his beautiful writing for woodwinds and you won’t want to miss this trio on the final evening of the Festival, Friday, July 26, featuring several musicians from the Seattle Symphony.

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