The Smetana Piano Trio

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Our summer series of Concerts from the Frick Collection comes to a close with a performance by the Smetana Piano Trio. Founded in 1934 by legendary Czech pianist Josef Paleniček, the trio upholds its tradition of excellence with its current lineup of musicians including violinist Jiří Vodička, pianist Jitka Čechová, and Josef’s son, cellist Jan Paleniček.

Following last week’s debut by Czech ensemble, the Bennewitz Quartet, this concert features more Czech music with pieces by Vitĕzslav Novák and Dvořák on the first half and the Brahms Piano Trio in C Major on the second half.

The Smetana Trio has won high praise from BBC Music for their extensive recordings including a BBC Chamber Award in 2007, as well as the French Diapason D’Or. They have recorded the complete set of five Brahms Piano Trios, as well as works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Suk. This performance marks the trio’s Frick Collection debut, as well as the second-ever North American tour by the group.

Program Details:

1st Half

Vítězslav Novák Piano Trio No.2 in D minor, “Quasi una Ballata” / Smetana Piano Trio

Antonín Dvořák - Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90, “Dumky” / Smetana Piano Trio


Franz Benda – Excerpts from Violin Sonata No.14 in E-flat Major / London Handel Players

Robert Schumann – Selections from the Maria Stuart Lieder / Renata Pokipic, mezzo-soprano with Roger Vignoles, piano


Johannes Brahms - Piano Trio No.2 in C Major, Op.87 / Smetana Piano Trio

ENCORE: Roman Haas – Prelude and Waltz Together / Smetana Piano Trio