July 5, 2019

8:00 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview

Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448

This Sonata for Two Pianos is the piece that began the “Mozart Effect.” This particular piece has been proven to increase spatial reasoning, while the argument about it making you smarter is still unfounded.

Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157

This duo was written in the late 1920’s while Martinů lived in Paris. It features a beautiful cello cadenza, sometimes cut due to its difficulty. The work features a number of very difficult technical challenges for both performers.

Quintet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 97

Written while staying in Iowa, Dvořák’s “American” quintet was composed immediately following the similarly named string quartet. This work features the composer’s setting for My Country ’tis of Thee.

Suggested Performances

Ravel Mother Goose Suite for Piano, Four Hands

Inon Barnatan and Angela Draghicescu play this beloved work by Ravel in it’s original form of two musicians at one instrument. Hear this masterpiece on Wednesday, July 10.

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Suk Piano Quintet, Op. 8

Czech composer Josef Suk continued the musical legacy of fellow countryman Antonín Dvořák with a lush Romantic sound. Don’t miss his Piano Quintet on Wednesday, July 17.

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Hadelich and Giltburg perform Brahms

If you love Violin Sonatas you won’t want to miss the Pre-Concert Recital on Wednesday, July 24, featuring two renowned musicians performing Brahms’ Op. 100 Violin Sonata.

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