July 26, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview | 8:00pm

Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in B-flat Major, D. 581

This work by Schubert exists in two versions. The second one includes more solo moments for both the violinist and violist and gives the impression of Schubert’s later music full of emotion that defined him.

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

The first true success in the field of chamber music, Poulenc found his voice by combining piano (which he often played) with his beloved woodwinds. This work has a playful nature throughout.

Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34

One of the great pieces in the repertoire, this work started as a string quintet before Brahms abandoned that version for a two piano version. Not satisfied with that version, he reworked it once more for a piano quintet.

Suggested Performances

Poulenc Violin Sonata

This sonata was his fourth attempt at the form and the only one that remains. Poulenc didn’t like the sound of the ‘singular’ violin and was indebted to a violinist at the time to help shape the writing. James Ehnes and Orion Weiss play the sonata on Monday, July 1.

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Haydn String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise"

From the same series of quartets as heard in tonight’s recital, the “Sunrise” quartet builds from a quiet start growing in character and color, much like a sunrise. Hear it for yourself on Wednesday, July 10.

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Kodály Intermezzo for String Trio

Known as an ethnomusicologist, Kodály wrote this trio after his first visits to record local folk songs and incorporated it into his own music. The Intermezzo will be performed on Wednesday, July 24.

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