1/1/18 All-Mozart Festival Finale

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493 (1786, 30 minutes) Mozart wrote the first of his two Piano Quartets (in G minor, K. 478) in late 1785, part of a commission from publisher-composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Hoffmeister didn’t much care for the new Quartet,...

12/31/17 Masterworks Concert No. 4

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a (1943, 24 minutes) The Violin Sonata No. 2 is an arrangement of Prokofiev’s 1942 Flute Sonata in D, Op. 94. At that point Prokofiev had fled from the war. He first settled in Perm in the Ural Mountains, where a...

12/31/17 All-Rachmaninov Concert

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892, 15 minutes) Rachmaninov wrote his Trio élégiaque No. 1 in just four days in January 1892 – the nineteen-year-old had just graduated in the piano class at the Moscow Conservatory, and was in the midst of completing...

12/30/17 Masterworks Concert No. 3

Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, Op. 3 (1824-25, 32 minutes) Mendelssohn completed this work in January 1825, just before his sixteenth birthday. He dedicated it to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German literary icon, who was a semi-regular visitor...

12/30/17 Lunch Concert

Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 (1887, 28 minutes) While orchestral music and opera dominated Strauss’s extensive compositional output, he also produced a number of lovely chamber compositions, especially early in his career. Strauss was a very talented...