CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
2022-23 season touring projects
TOUR 1 – “American Visitors”
5 musicians: Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Stella Chen & Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Available: October 18-28, 2022
Dvorak: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Quintet in G minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 1
Ysaye: Rêve d'enfant for Violin and Piano, Op. 14
Dvorak: Quintet in A major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, B. 155, Op. 81
TOUR 2 – “Magical Schubert”
4 musicians: Alessio Bax, piano, Gloria Chien, piano, Ben Beilman, violin; David Requrio, cello)
Available: Jan 14-27, 2023
Schubert: Fantasie in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 940, Op. 103
Schubert: Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D. 934, Op. 159
Schubert: Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898, Op. 99
TOUR 3 – “Delight and Drama”
(4 musicians: Wu Han & Wu Qian, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Dmitri Atapine, cello)
Available: March 18-26, 2023
Arensky: Six Pieces Enfantines, Op. 34 for Piano Four-Hands
Arensky: Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 32
Brahms: Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands
Brahms: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 87
TOUR 4 – “The Brahms Effect” (6 musicians: David Shifrin, clarinet; Radek Baborák, horn; Juho Pohjonen, piano; Richard Lin, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; David Finckel, cello)
Available: April 22-30, 2023
Brahms: Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114
Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 40
Dohnanyi: Sextet in C major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 37
Narrative Program Descriptions
Tour 1 – American Visitors (October 18-28, 2022)
The United States has been greatly enriched from the influences of its many distinguished visitors, including artists who came to perform, create, teach, or simply to be inspired by this country’s natural beauty and welcoming spirit. In a program celebrating America’s imported musical diversity, we will enjoy the sublime music of Dvorak twice, once through his “American” voice in the Sonatina, composed in Spillville, Iowa, and though his quintessentially Czech mode with his iconic Piano Quintet. In between, the stage is shared by the Belgians and English, as we hear the touching “Child’s Dream” by Eugène Ysaÿe, who led the Cincinnati Symphony from 1918-22, and the stunning Piano Quintet by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, called “the African Mahler” by musicians in America who heard his music during three tours in the early 1900’s.
This quintet is among Coleridge-Taylor’s many compositions now re-emerging onto concert stages. The Belgian virtuoso violinist Eugène Ysaÿe made his U.S. conducting debut in 1918, and later became music director of the Cincinnati Orchestra. He was a prolific composer, as evidenced by his charming Rêve d'enfant, for violin and piano. To conclude, the program returns to Dvořák, with his mighty Piano Quintet, a work so powerfully Czech in spirit that it reminds us of all the genius the composer contributed to our multicultural society.
Tour 2 – Magical Schubert (Jan 14-27, 2023)
Bridging the Classical and Romantic music eras, the prolific Franz Schubert gave the world an astonishing wealth of compositions during his very short 31 years of life. In this program, CMS celebrates Schubert’s magical genius, barely recognized during his lifetime, with three of his most significant chamber music works: the lighthearted fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, his splendid piano trio in B-flat major, No. 1, Op. 99, and his greatest piano duet, the Fantasie in F minor, a tragically beautiful farewell written during the final months of his life.
Tour 3 – Delight & Drama (March 18-26, 2023)
Four-hand piano pieces bring musicians as close as they can get to the ultimate in collegial music-making. The piano trio, with just one additional musician, generates all the excitement and passion of an entire orchestra. Romantics Brahms and Arensky mine the full range of these two genres to bring listeners an evening that begins with the wonder of childhood and ends with Brahms at the height of his dramatic powers.
Tour 4 – The Brahms Effect (April 22-30, 2023)
Music’s leading figurehead at the culmination of the Romantic era, Johannes Brahms remains unsurpassed in his emotional range and innovative spirit, both of which laid an inspirational groundwork for a generation of composers to come. One such composer was Hungarian Ernő Dohnányi, whose Sextet in C major owes its formative elements to Brahms. Pair this work with two Brahms trios of profound originality, and audiences will not be able to help but feel moved.