Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 PM at St. Cecilia Music Center
Concert

Brahms & Dvorak

This riveting program juxtaposes two musical giants of the Romanticism: Antonin Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. Contemporaries and friends, Dvořák and Brahms drew mutual inspiration from each other, and it was to Brahms’ Gypsy-inspired Hungarian Dances that Dvořák turned for his own Slavonic Dances, which proved a sure-fire hit with audiences ever since its premiere.

Brahms’ C minor Piano Trio–a work of searing intensity and epic proportions–can be heard before intermission, while Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, one of the finest piano quintets in the repertoire, brings the program to a thrilling close. Like most of Dvořák’s output, it is filled with melodic inspiration, rhythmic vitality, emotional impact, and that particular nationalistic voice in his music that is undeniably his own.

Program

  • Dvořák Selected Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands (1878, 1886)
  • Brahms Trio in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 101 (1886)
  • Brahms Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands (1868, 1880)
  • Dvořák Quintet in A major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, B. 155, Op. 81 (1887)