Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions II

Experience the nuances and intimate beauty of chamber music, from intense duos to majestic quartets, in the modern warmth of Zankel Hall. The debut of an exciting young cellist, Haydn’s string quartet mastery, and masterpieces of 20th-century Romantic Russian music are some of the highlights of this series.
October 12, 2017
Takács Quartet
December 9, 2017
Janine Jansen and Friends
April 19, 2018
Andrei Ionita, Cello

Takács Quartet

Zankel Hall
Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Takács Quartet
·· Edward Dusinberre, Violin
·· Károly Schranz, Violin
·· Geraldine Walther, Viola
·· András Fejér, Cello
Erika Eckert, Viola

Program

HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, "Fifths"
CARL VINE String Quartet No. 6, "Child's Play" (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MENDELSSOHN String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87
H. C. Robbins Landon, the famed Haydn scholar, called the composer’s “Fifths” String Quartet “one of the most serious, learned, and intellectually formidable works he ever wrote.” It is certainly erudite with an opening movement that’s a marvel of austere beauty and compelling turbulence, but there is also cutting wit and a finale that nods to the Hungarian Gypsy traditional. If Haydn’s quartet appeals to the mind, Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 moves the heart with a rhapsodic opening movement and a wrenching, sorrow-drenched lament.

Janine Jansen and Friends

Zankel Hall
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

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

Program

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

Andrei Ionita, Cello

Zankel Hall
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Andrei Ionita, Cello
Pianist to be announced

Program

P.A. LOCATELLI Cello Sonata in D Major (arr. Piatti)
STRAVINSKY Suite italienne
BACH Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor
SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor
Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniţă is the first-prize winner of Moscow’s 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Guardian wrote of his performance, calling him “a musician with a sparkling technique and the priceless ability to respond to what is going on around him while he is displaying it.”