From Mendelssohn

Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center

April 25, 2019
7:30 PM

Mendelssohn’s combined mastery of melody, form, counterpoint, and the chamber idiom was admired and imitated by composers for generations to come. In a program bookended by two works of Mendelssohn from 1845, one brief, the other epic, we hear Mendelssohn’s close friend Robert Schumann’s response to Mendelssohn’s piano trios; how, near the end of his life, Brahms recalled Mendelssohn’s lyricism through the viola’s dark voice; and finally how Mendelssohn’s great admirer Tchaikovsky combined the German’s signature scherzo idiom with Russian melancholy and splendor in three selections from The Seasons for solo piano.

Mendelssohn             Lied ohne Worte in D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 109
Schumann                Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
Brahms                     Sonata in E-flat major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2
Tchaikovsky             Selections from Les saisons for Piano, Op. 37b
Mendelssohn           Trio No. 2 in C minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 66

Inon Barnatan, piano
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
Jakob Koranyi, cello
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet