Quintets was created to present two of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. As an introduction to Schubert’s Trout Quintet, the concert begins with the double bass playing The Elephant from Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals. The bass is an instrument that often supports an entire ensemble and yet is overlooked. The hope is that by hearing the bass solo, the audience has a distinct sense of the sound and the presence of this instrument in the Schubert. Sylvester Paumgartner was a wealthy amateur cellist and an ardent admirer of Schubert’s music. He asked the composer for a new piece for his soirées and stipulated that the instrumentation be piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The work, he insisted, must also include a movement based on one of his favorite songs, Schubert’s own Die Forelle (The Trout).
Similar to the presentation of the Schubert, Enescu’s Konzertstück for viola will be played before Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. 1887 was a wonderful year in Dvořák’s life and it is reflected in his famous Piano Quintet 1. He wrote most of it at his house on the edge of the forest, his favorite place. Audiences are still powerfully attracted to Dvořák’s music and his traditionally crafted, but ethnically flavoured compositions. At the same time, Dvořák appeals to our enduring love of exoticism and nationalist sentiment with his gracious, soulfully folk-music-tinged melodies, and with his brilliant use of instrumental color in a seemingly infinite range of inventive textures.
Artists: Boris Vayner (Viola), Charlie Albright (Piano), Eliot Porter (Bass), Misha Keylin (Violin), Sergey Antonov (Cello), Stephanie Chase (Violin)
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