CMS Co-Artistic Director David Finckel is joined by colleagues from around the world in a program featuring string sextets, an ensemble comprised of pairs of violins, violas, and cellos—in other words, 2 times 3. The expansiveness of the sextet provides a distinctive depth of sonority to the ensemble, equally balanced between the instruments, which will be heard in Bach’s ingenious six-voice fugue (on a theme given to him by Frederick the Great) to the sextet from Richard Strauss’s final opera to the ravishing Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky. The multi-dimensional sextet allows for smaller subsets, notably the string trio, which has its own unique sonority and rounds out the program, including one of Schubert’s great early string works, the B-flat major String Trio.
Bach Ricercar a 6 from Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (1747)
Haydn Trio in G major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Hob. XVI:40, Op. 53, No. 1 (Before 1784)
Schubert Trio in B-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, D. 581 (1817)
Strauss Sextet for Strings from Capriccio, Op. 85 (1940-41, arr. 1943)
Tchaikovsky Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence” (1890; rev. 1891-92)
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