Passing the Torch
  • April 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

I have never heard a piece of his I haven’t admired and this one (Piano Quintet) was no exception. Jalbert is the real thing, a composer who has things to say and says them very, very, well."   Huffington Post​

The highlight of this 30th Anniversary season is a commissioned work by Houston-based composer, Pierre Jalbert.  Co-commissioned with Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and La Jolla Music Society, this is a first for CMSFW.   Artists on this concert are all exceptional performers in the art of chamber music.  They include Cho-Liang Lin and Gary Levinson, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Clive Greensmith (Montrose Trio and formerly with the Tokyo Quartet) cello.  They will be joined by the 2009 Cliburn Competition Gold Metal winner, Haochen Zhang.​
The concert opens with Shostakovich's Five Pieces for 2 violins and piano.  On this concert, however, only three of the five pieces (Prelude, Gavotte, and Waltz) will be performed.  These pieces differ from the Shostakovich norm (often times dark and brooding). These three are lyrical and filled with Slavic charm. ​
Dvořák's Terzetto in C Major  was written for a three of his friends as an occasional piece.  Despite this beginning, the work is still regarded as an important part of the chamber music repertoire.
Two piano quintets are featured on this concert - - in addition to the commissioned Jalbert work, Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor will close the concert.​
The Brahms quintet began its life as a string quintet.  It was completed in 1862 and scored for two violins, viola and two cellos. Brahms transcribed the quintet into a sonata for two pianos before giving it its final form that will be heard on this concert.

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