Dvorak & Brahms
Chamber Music Society

of Lincoln Center

January 18, 2018
7:30 PM

The musical and personal friendship between Brahms and Dvořák is the stuff of legend. This pairing brings to life the creative energy that reverberated between the German neo-classicist and the champion of Czech folk music, producing a glowing array of classical music’s most essential works.

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.

Joining CMS Co-Artistic Director, pianist Wu Han, for this program is a cohort of some of the most exciting young artists on the distinguished CMS roster: pianist Michael Brown, violinists Paul Huang and Chad Hoopes, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellist Dmitri Atapine.

Dvorak             Selected Slavonic Dance for Piano, Four Hands
Brahms            Trio in C minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 101
Brahms            Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands
Dvorak             Quintet in A Major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, B. 155, Op. 81

Michael Brown, piano                     Paul Huang, vioin
Wu Han, piano                                    Matthew Lipman, viola
Chad Hoopes, violin                        Dmirtri Atapine, cello