ROBERT SCHUMANN Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Running the gamut from ardor to introspection, the melodious Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style) illustrate Schumann’s special affinity for small-scale forms.
OLIVIER MESSIAEN Theme and Variations
Inspired by his love for the violinist Claire Delbos, this early set of variations for violin and piano is imbued with the sense of mystery that would become Messiaen’s hallmark.
AMY BEACH Romance, Op. 23
The full-blooded lyricism and luminous harmonies of this short salon piece by American composer Amy Beach have long made it one of her most popular works.
REINHOLD GLIÈRE Intermezzo, Op. 9, No. 1; Tarantella, Op. 9, No. 2
This pair of bravura showpieces by Russian composer Reinhold Glière reflects his youthful friendship with the bass virtuoso (and future conductor) Serge Koussevitzky.
XAVIER FOLEY Cranberry Juice
Xavier Foley studied at the Curtis Institute of Music where in a studio class, he first performed Cranberry Juice.
GABRIELLA SMITH Divertimento
Gabriella Smith’s Divertimento, written for this evening’s soloists, was inspired by the “quirkiness” of Haydn and the Scherzo from Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.
MAURICE RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor
Composed on the eve of World War I, Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor is by turns elegiac and vibrantly intense; he said he dashed it off “with the assurance and clarity of a madman.”