Rachlin / Pocitari / McElravy / Runge / Kozhukhin
19:30 – ca. 21:30
Highlights of piano chamber music
Five accomplished chamber musicians, four masterful instruments from the workshops of the great Cremonese violin makers (Antonio Stradivari, Nicola Bergonzi, Lorenzo Storioni and Hieronymus & Antonio Amati) and three important works of piano chamber music come together in this concert.
»It is a great mistake to believe that the circle of ideas and emotions is less extensive in chamber music than in other genres,« Dmitri Shostakovich commented in 1944. This is confirmed by Brahms' decisively style- and form-shaping Piano Quintet in F minor op. 34, in which the composer concentrated the formal principles of Viennese Classicism and Romanticism in a masterly manner, as well as by Shostakovich's own works. His early Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor op. 8, which he dedicated as a 17-year-old student to his childhood sweetheart Tatjana Ivanovna Glivenko, is already surprising for its compositional sophistication. And his Piano Quintet in G minor op. 57, written about 15 years later, which is characterised by a turn to baroque formulas and formal clarity, even Marian Victorovich Koval, a pamphleteer of Stalin, could not deny praise in a Shostakovich diatribe that it contained »truly poetic and highly inspired passages«.