Dvořák and Chausson

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Chamber Music Society takes a special delight in programming the rich and wonderful literature for voice and piano alongside its many instrumental offerings. In this week's program, you will hear a lot of very colorful music from two composers whose languages were as distinct as their nationalities.

From the Bohemian Dvorak is the beautiful performance by soprano Dina Kuznetsova of his gypsy songs, sung in the original Czech.

Ernest Chausson, a composer who distinguished himself among a field of stiff competition in late 19th century France, composed his Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet in 1891, and the work has never left the concert stage. But the work is also profound, very French, and uses the mini-orchestra of the string quartet as an exciting and integral element. This performance features violinist Elmar Oliveira and pianist Inon Barnatan.

Program details:

Dvořák: Selected Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Songs) for Voice and Piano, B. 104, Op. 55 (songs 3-7)
— Dina Kuznetsova, soprano; Warren Jones, piano.

Chausson: Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21
— Elmar Oliveira, violin solo; Inon Barnatan, piano; Jessica Lee, Kristin Lee, violin; Beth Guterman, viola; Andreas Brantelid, cello.

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