Brahms and Dvořák
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.
- 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)