Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions II

The expressive power and striking beauty of a full spectrum of chamber music is showcased in the performances of magnificent artists in Zankel Hall. The Belcea Quartet performs Viennese quartet masterpieces; violinist Janine Jansen plays fiery virtuosic works of Ravel and Prokofiev with pianist Itamar Golan; legendary pianist Richard Goode and friends present the colorful music of 20th-century French masters; and the Artemis Quartet reveals wit, fire, and intensity in quartets by Dvořák, Smetana, and Pēteris Vasks.

Belcea Quartet

Janine Jansen
Itamar Golan

Richard Goode and Friends

Artemis Quartet

Belcea Quartet

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Belcea Quartet
·· Corina Belcea, Violin
·· Axel Schacher, Violin
·· Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
·· Antoine Lederlin, Cello

Program

MOZART String Quartet in F Major, K. 590
BERG Lyric Suite
BRAHMS String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
The Guardian said, “The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo.” The three works on the program were all premiered in Vienna. Mozart’s F-Major Quartet, his last in the form, was commissioned by the King of Prussia, an amateur cellist and, of course, features a number of cello solos. Brahms’s C-Minor Quartet’s intensity is supported by its rich textures. Berg’s Lyric Suite burns with a white-hot passion, underscoring its tragic tone.

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Brahms's String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1 (Allegro)

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Belcea Quartet
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Janine Jansen
Itamar Golan

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Janine Jansen, Violin
Itamar Golan, Piano

Program

PROKOFIEV Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor
RAVEL Violin Sonata
RAVEL Tzigane

Encores:FAURÉ "Après un rêve," Op. 7, No. 1
KREISLER Miniature Viennese March
Music by two composers not closely associated with chamber music is featured. Prokofiev said his Violin Sonata No. 1 was “serious in mood,” and asked the violinist to sound like “wind in a graveyard” in a first-movement passage. But the sonata’s mysterious third movement and wild finale is hardly gloomy. Ravel’s Violin Sonata is noteworthy for its second movement Blues, considered by the composer to be a Frenchman’s view of American jazz. Ravel’s interest in Hungarian culture inspired Tzigane, a fiery virtuoso showpiece that vividly captures the essence of the gypsy musical spirit.

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Ravel's Violin Concerto (Allegretto)

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Janine Jansen, Violin | Itamar Golan, Piano
Decca

Richard Goode and Friends

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Richard Goode, Piano
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Kyle Armbrust, Viola
Brook Speltz, Cello

Program

DEBUSSY Six épigraphes antiques
DEBUSSY Cello Sonata in D Minor
FAURÉ Andante from Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 108
RAVEL La valse
FAURÉ Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 63
FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor
Pianist Richard Goode’s “fluid, often tempestuous performances had the twin virtues of fidelity to the scores and the sense of freshness that comes of an in-the-moment approach to phrasing,” said The New York Times. Goode anchors an ensemble that explores the expressive power and vivid color of music by three early–20th-century French masters. Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D Minor has a compelling, austere beauty, while abundant melody flows and passion roils throughout Fauré’s Second Piano Quartet.

Artemis Quartet

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Artemis Quartet
·· Vineta Sareika, Violin
·· Gregor Sigl, Violin
·· Friedemann Weigle, Viola
·· Eckart Runge, Cello

Program

DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American"
PĒTERIS VASKS String Quartet No. 5
SMETANA String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, "From My Life"
String quartets by two beloved Czech composers frame an intense quartet by a contemporary Latvian master. Dvořák’s “American” Quartet was written shortly after his “New World” Symphony and, like the symphony, reveals his fascination with the Native American music and African American spirituals he heard during his US stay (1892–1895). The young Dvořák played viola in the premiere of Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, a deeply personal work that Smetana called, “a tone picture of my life, my youthful leanings towards art and the Romantic atmosphere.” While not overtly autobiographical, Pēteris Vasks’s music does speak to the history of his homeland and its struggles.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

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Dvorák's String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American" (Finale)

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Guarneri Quartet
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