27th Season, 2020
West Coast Chamber Music
January 19, February 16, March 8, and April 5
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 19, 2020 @ 3:30 PM
We open the season with Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s Piano Trio, an expressive work of sparkling clarity and romantic in spirit. Turning to the 19th Century, we’ll hear Edvard Grieg’s Violin and Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 45, sweet, soulful and rich in Norwegian folk elements. Johannes Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op.60 closes this concert, written on a grand scale and considered one of the greatest chamber works of the Romantic era.
Sunday February 16, 2020 @ 3:30 PM
This concert presents two immense and magnificent piano quintets for strings and piano from the late 19th Century. Both works offer a nationalistic flavour and explore the wide spectrum of human emotions. The Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.12 by Vitezslav Novak is a stirring and majestic work and brings forward stylized Moravian folk song material. This work is paired with the Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81 by Antonin Dvorak. This masterful work includes attractive Bohemian folk elements and exhibits fulsome textures and intense lyricism.
Sunday March 8, 2020 @ 3:30 PM
This delightful concert features music for piano, bassoon, clarinet and flute in various engaging combinations. We’ll hear Maurice Emmanuel’s quasi impressionistic and beautiful Sonata Op.11 for Flute, Clarinet and Piano as well as Carl Reinecke’s sumptuous Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 167, “Undine.” Next we’ll enjoy the two lively and virtuosic Concert Pieces, Op.113 & 114 for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Felix Mendelssohn, and lastly the enduring and endearing Trio, Op.11 for the same combination by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Sunday April 5, 2020 @ 3:30 PM
One of Beethoven’s masterpieces, the Sonata for Piano and Violin, Op.47, “Kreutzer” is the centerpiece of this concert. A piece of extraordinary virtuosity, power and tremendous scope, it is arguably one of the greatest contributions to the chamber music literature. The beautiful music of Antonin Dvorak offers a pleasing contrast. His Silent Woods for cello and Piano is a heavenly piece, expressive and intimate. We’ll conclude with Dvorak’s Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65, a monumental masterwork in its own right, and a glorious season finale.
~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~