July 10, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview | 8:00pm

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4, "Sunrise"

The slow, rising theme that opens this quartet gave the piece it’s nickname, “Sunrise.” The melody comes back throughout the piece played by the different instruments.

O Turn Not Those Fine Eyes Away

Blow and Purcell were near contemporaries and wrote a number of songs, five of which are brought together here in a “pastiche song-cycle” to tell a story of love won and lost.

Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) for Piano, Four Hands

This joyous piece includes five short movements each based on a different fairy tale. They include Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Beauty and the Beast.

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 101

This is one of Brahms’ most dramatic works. It starts dramatically and the intensity hardly diminishes through the remainder of the piece finishing with a flourish much like it starts.

Suggested Performances

Brahms Piano Quartet, Op. 26

Brahms drew inspiration from Schubert when writing this, his second Piano Quartet. Massive in size and scope, you won’t want to miss this early masterpiece on Monday, July 1.

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Vaughan Williams "Along the Field"

Vaughan Williams based his song-cycle on the poems of famed poet A. E. Housman. Tenor Nicholas Phan and violinist James Ehnes bring this music to life on Friday, July 12.

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Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1

Haydn is the father of the string quartet, composing 68 pieces for the ensemble. The quartet during the Pre-Concert Recital on Friday, July 26 comes from the same set as the “Sunrise” quartet.

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