Chamber music originated when friends and family came together to listen to piano music in the comfort of their living rooms. That’s why we start the evening in a homely setting and let the music take us on a journey to the modern-day concert hall – a journey through the golden era of chamber music.
Part II of the evening starts with Kolesnikov playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, the first of his three great sonatas. Kolesnikov pushes the limits of what the piano could do at the time before handing the baton over to Tsoy who renders his own interpretation of Dutch composer Hans van Sweeden’s rarely performed Drei Nachtstücke.
Next, we move away from the piano’s solo repertoire as Jennifer Stumm takes the stage to accompany the piano on viola. Together, they perform Frank Bridge’s subdued Pensiero.
Before long, the piano and viola are joined by a violin and cello to perform the only remaining part of Gustav Mahler’s Quartet Movement for Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello that he wrote as a student.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Hans van Sweeden – Drei Nachtstücke
Frank Bridge – Pensiero
Gustav Mahler – Quartet Movement for Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello in A Minor
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Samson Tsoy (piano)
Anthony Marwood (violin)
Jennifer Stumm (viola)
Jakob Koranyi (cello)