Brahms Chamber Music at MONA
VIOLIN SONATA & HORN TRIO
Emma McGrath violin
Greg Stephens horn
Jennifer Marten-Smith piano
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor
BRAHMS Horn Trio in E-flat
BRAHMS QUARTET & DVOŘÁK QUINTET 8 March
Sercan Danis violin
Hayato Simpson violin
Anna Larsen Roach viola
Jonathan Békés cello
James Menzies double bass
BRAHMS String Quartet No 1 in C minor
DVOŘÁK String Quintet No 2 in G
TWO SONGS & PIANO QUARTET
Jane Edwards mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Owen violin
Douglas Coghill viola
Jonathan Békés cello
Ying Ho piano
BRAHMS Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No 2 in A
VIOLIN SONATA & HORN TRIO Dating from the second half of the 1880s, Brahms’ third and final violin sonata is both grand and concentrated, capturing a whole world of emotions within its concise four-movement structure. The Horn Trio, which dates from Brahms’ early maturity, veers between the virtuosic and elegiac. Brahms certainly doesn’t shy away from pushing the French horn player to the limits and, in both works, the piano part is nothing short of colossal.
BRAHMS QUARTET & DVOŘÁK QUINTET Brahms laboured long and hard over the string quartet as a genre, finally coming up with a work that pleased him after many attempts, the dramatic and intense String Quartet No 1. Unusually, Dvořák dispensed with a second viola in his String Quintet Op 77, adding a double bass instead. He entered the work in a chamber music competition, no doubt hoping to impress the judges with the breadth and versatility of his writing. The strategy paid off – he won!
TWO SONGS & PIANO QUARTET Brahms was a prolific composer of songs. Among the most beautiful he ever wrote are the Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op 91, the second of which borrows from a much-loved Christmas cradle song, ‘Josef, lieber Josef mein’. There’s a certain spaciousness to Brahms’ chamber music with piano. The justly famous Piano Quartet No 2, Op 26, is monumental in scope and contains some of Brahms’ most beautiful music for chamber forces.
Brahms Chamber Music concerts supported by Dave Davey and Annick Ansselin.
"Discover Brahms’ chamber music performed by ensembles drawn from the TSO."