Performance Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Janine Jansen and Friends

Zankel Hall
Find sardonic humor, heart-on-the-sleeve emotions, and soaring melodies in a night of Russian chamber music. Shostakovich was just 17 when he composed his rarely performed Piano Trio No. 1. It flirts with older Russian music, but the composer’s trademark pungent harmonies, insistent rhythms, and lyricism are all present. There’s abundant melody in Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2, as well as wit and energy. Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 2 memorializes Tchaikovsky, an advocate for the young composer. It includes an extrovert piano part and a set of second-movement variations, meant as a touching tribute to Tchaikovsky’s only piano trio.


  • Janine Jansen, Violin
  • Alexander Gavrylyuk, Piano
  • Torleif Thedéen, Cello


  • SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 1
  • PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major
  • RACHMANINOFF Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D Minor


Perspectives: Janine Jansen
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions II.