25th Season, 2018
West Coast Chamber Music
January 28, February 25, April 8, and May 13
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo: West Coast Chamber Music artists’ friendly commentary with the audience is always well appreciated.
Scherzo movement from the Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb
Recorded at the January 23, 2011 performance
Sunday, January 28 @ 3:30pm
The 25th anniversary season of West Coast Chamber Music will be spectacularly opened by two magnificent piano quintets from the romantic era. Robert Schumann partnered the piano with a string quartet in his monumental and exuberant Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op.44 , pioneering this combination of instruments as a new chamber music form. This piece is sensationally paired with Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op.1, a piece of great brilliance and lush splendor.
Sunday, February 25 @ 3:30pm
Two classical Viennese piano trios grace the first half of this program. Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in F sharp minor, Hob.XV:26 shifts between charming and more melancholic moods, yet always maintains its elegance. This is followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpiece, his Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No.1 “Ghost” so nick-named due to its somewhat eerie sounding slow movement and the suggestion that this movement may be connected to the Macbeth opera that Beethoven was contemplating writing at the time. A viola and second violin join in on the second half of this concert to perform the rhapsodic and intense Piano Quintet, Op. 67 by American composer Amy Beach.
Sunday April 8 @ 3:30pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the first trio ever written for the lovely combination of viola, clarinet and piano. His Piano Trio in E flat major, K.498 “Kegelstatt” beautifully balances the three independent and unique voices with both elegance and grace. Much later into the 19th Century, Carl Reinecke did the same with his glorious and ever melodious Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in A major, Op. 264. The viola is also featured in this program in a duo with piano, Ernest Bloch’s moving Hebraique Suite offering some evocative reflections on the composer’s Jewish heritage.
Sunday May 13 @ 3:30pm
The title piece, Scales of Joy and Sorrow for Violin, Cello and Piano by acclaimed Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich takes us on an other -worldly journey across the emotional spectrum. We’ll also revel in the beauty and poetic musical language of Maurice Ravel’s deservedly famous Piano Trio. His striking neo-classical themes are embedded in luminescent and richly varying textures. Antonin Dvorak’s magnificent Piano Trio in G minor, Op.26 concludes this program. The music thoroughly expresses the warmth, passion and splendor of the romantic age.
~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~
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