Friday, April 30, 2021 8:00 PM

Programme

Piano Quartet Corneille - Brahms' Second Piano Quartet

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

String trio in B flat, D. 471

Georgy Kovalev (Viola)

Ella van Poucke (Cello)

Noé Inui (Violin)

    Is this Schubert or Mozart? You may wonder this when you hear the first notes of Schubert's String Trio in B flat, as Schubert is so close to his idol Mozart. As a young man Schubert was deeply impressed by Mozart's music and this is clearly reflected in this one-movement work.

    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

    Piano Quartet No. 2 in A, op. 26

    Vassilis Varvaresos (Piano)

    Georgy Kovalev (Viola)

    Ella van Poucke (Cello)

    Noé Inui (Violin)

    • I. Allegro non troppo
    • II. Poco Adagio
    • III. Scherzo: Poco Allegro
    • IV. Finale: Allegro

    A piano quartet as a business card. This applied almost literally to Brahms' Second Piano Quartet, op. 26. As a budding supertalent he settled in Vienna in 1861. In order to interest the Viennese in his music the piece is full of references to the Viennese music culture of that time. The first sounds of the piece seem to be a tribute to Franz Schubert. The tender slow movement is a romantic night-song. In the robust finale you can hear fragments of the Roma music that was immensely popular in Brahms' day.