Friday, June 26 at 8:00pm
11200 Bellflower Rd Cleveland, OH 44106
Na zdrov’je! Conjuring visions of snowy steppes and gilded cities, ChamberFest presents a program of works composed in, about, and for Mother Russia. Rachmaninoff’s rhapsodic Trio élégiaque in G minor oozes with Romantic fervor, while two duos by Alfred Schnittke reveal the composer’s indebtedness to Shostakovich with equal parts reverence and humor. Prokofiev’s remarkable quintet for winds and strings, adapted from a relatively obscure ballet score, is this season’s hidden gem: it sparkles with creative vitality and thrilling virtuosity. Capping off the evening is Beethoven’s ambitious first “Razumovsky” quartet, commissioned by the titular Russian ambassador and featuring a set of variations on a Russian folk song in its final movement.
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor for Piano Trio, Op. Posth.
Alfred Schnittke, Prelude in Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich for Two Violins
Alfred Schnittke, Musica Nostalgica for Cello and Piano
Sergei Prokofiev, Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Double Bass, Op. 39
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, “Razumovsky,” No. 1