Date of EventSunday, 26. 5. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.30
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price100 - 500 CZK
- Josef Suk: Piano Trio in C minor Op. 2
- Bohuslav Martinů: Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor H 327
- Bedřich Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15
- Feininger Trio
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Sonic warmth, elaboration of every detail, and a seductive expressiveness of execution, those are characteristics recurring ever so often in critical reviews of performances of the Feininger Trio. It is comprised of two members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – violinist Christoph Streuli and cellist David Riniker –, and pianist Adrian Oetiker. The trio is named for Lyonel Feininger, one of the first exponents of the Bauhaus art school and movement, whose Berlin studio was located close to the trio´s rehearsal room.
Czech music has always been this ensemble´s much frequented territory. There for instance, their 2013 album featured an all-Czech programme of works by Suk, Smetana and Dvořák. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have chosen Czech music as the mainstay of this Prague Spring concert. “Although this time out we have not included in our programme a work by our beloved Dvořák, right at the beginning we will play a composition that is intimately linked with him,” say the trio members. “Namely, it is the work of Dvořák´s then sixteen-year-old student, Josef Suk, whose piano trio Dvořák first heard as a freshly appointed professor of the Prague Conservatory. The two of them subsequently dissected the score during lessons and polished it up on the compositional plane, whereupon Dvořák recommended it to his publisher as a brilliantly promising achievement.”
Bohuslav Martinů is regarded by the trio members as “one of the 20th century´s great romantics.” He spent much of his life far from his native country, initially in Paris (1923–1940), before finding refuge from the Nazis in the United States, and after the Second World War spending his final years in Switzerland, unwilling to return to a country ruled by a communist totalitarian regime. “Underlying the music of his Piano Trio No. 2 is its composer´s longing for a lost home,” believe the trio members.
The concert will conclude with Bedřich Smetana´s Piano Trio in G minor. “It offers each member ample room for making his own individual statement. While it features expressive melodious themes alternating with virtuoso passages, the composition as a whole strikes an exceptionally homogeneous impression,” conclude the Feiningers.
In association with the Czech Chamber Music Society