During the Romantic era, Russian classical music entered the picture, and no one composed romantic music better than the Russians, Chamber Music Society co-artistic director David Finckel says in this week's program.
Classical music allowed the Russians to tell stories of their vast, faraway land and to express their deep feelings for their country and its people. No two composers have captured the essence of Russia more powerfully than those featured this week" Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
From Tchaikovsky, who is well known for his grand statements in the symphonic, concerto and even chamber repertoire, we hear a delectable miniature for cello and piano. And from Rachmaninov, a master of forms both large and small, we will enjoy a major piano trio composed on the scale of a massive symphony. Both works transport us inside one of the world’s richest cultures, with music that is unique and loved by listeners everywhere.
Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale for Cello and Piano, Op. 51, No. 6
— Julie Albers, cello; Alessio Bax, piano.
Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 9
— Alessio Bax, piano; Elmar Oliveira, violin; Paul Watkins, cello.