October 12, 2018
Laurence Kayaleh, violin; Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Claire Ouellet, piano
- Josef Suk (1874-1935) - Elégie Op. 23 for piano trio
- Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) - “Pohadka” for cello and piano
- Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) - “Aus Der Heimat” for violin and piano
- Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) - Piano Trio op. 90, no.4 “Dumky”
The season opens with a program of Czech music featuring Dvořák’s popular Dumky trio, a work of outstanding originality with which he had great success. Influenced by folk music it moves away from the rigor of the sonata form and instead favors six movements of alternating introspective and cheerful music. Dumka is a word of Ukrainian origin describing music of a melancholic character. This is preceded by “Elégie”, a beautiful work for piano trio composed by Josef Suk, a student of Dvorak and also his son-in-law. On the program as well is Janáček’s “Pohadka” inspired by a Russian epic poem; the word pohadka actually means “a tale” in the Czech language. Finally with “Aus der Heimat” (the title is German simply because the work was published in Germany) Smetana celebrates his patriotism and his nationalistic pride.
November 9, 2018
Véronique Mathieu, violin; Stephanie Chua, piano
- Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) - Sonata no. 6 for violin and piano
- Ingrid Stölzel (1971-) - Here, there for violin and piano
- Clara Schumann (1819-1896) - Romances for violin and piano
- Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) - Concertino for violin and piano
- Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) - Concert Pieces
- Maria Molinari (1974-) - Tre Pezzi for violin and piano
- Amy Beach (1867-1944) - Romance for violin and piano
- Alice Ping Yee Ho (1960-) - Extasis for violin and piano
From Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a contemporary of Couperin, to Clara Schumann, to Alice Ping Ye Ho, the repertoire spans centuries of music and represents women from a wide variety of cultures. De la Guerre’s French baroque style gives way to the romanticism of Schumann and Bacewicz, an outstanding violinist and prolific composer of Lithuanian and Polish roots who although not widely known is considered one of the most gifted women composers. The same can be said of American composer Amy Beach and award winning Maria Molinari who has written music for the screen as well as the concert hall.
December 7, 2018
- J.S. BACH (1685-1750) - Suite no. 6 for violoncello solo in D major [BWV 1012]
- Franz BENDA (1709-1786) - Caprice no. 16, Progressive etude No. 25
- J.P. TELEMANN (1681-1767) - Fantasia no. 12 in A minor
- Scott Edward GODIN (b. 1970) - Guided By Voices (2014-15)
Today, the five-string cello is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. However, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was simply one of the many instruments used in the family of bass violins, and was particularly important for virtuosic sonatas and solos. The program centers around the five-string cello’s most enduring work, Bach’s Sixth Solo Suite (BWV 1012). Each movement reveals the instrument’s incredible versatility and remarkable colors. Elinor Frey explores these qualities further through her own transcriptions from the violin repertoire and a newly commissioned work by composer Scott Godin based on “O Vis Aeternitatis” of Hildegard Von Bingen.
January 18, 2019
Mana Shiraishi, violin; Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello; Martin Karliček, piano
- Bohuslav Martinů (1880-1959) - Sonata No. 1 H. 182 for violin and piano
- C. Debussy (1862-1918) - Sonata for cello and piano
- D. Shostakovich (1906-1975) - Piano Trio No.1, Op.8
- F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) - Piano Trio No.2 in C Minor, Op.66
Composed in 1845, two years before he died and dedicated to Louis Spohr, the trio was the last chamber work that Mendelssohn lived to see published. In the last movement he uses the melody from a 16th century German psalter “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”, well known in English as the “Old Hundreth”. A masterwork of Mendelssohn’s fullest maturity, it features soaring lyrical melodies and intricate and virtuosic passage work for all three instruments. Debussy’s cello sonata, also composed at the end of his life, is technically demanding and has remained one of the masterworks of the cello repertoire since its first performance. “…one of the finest masterpieces written for the instrument”. In contrast to Debussy and Mendelssohn’s mature works, Trio op. 8 was written by a 16 year old Shostakovich who had just fallen in love and he expresses in it a romanticism that he would soon abandon.
February 15, 2019
The Iceberg String Quartet: Christopher Stork and Russell Iceberg, violin; Chung-Han Hsiao, viola; Jacob Efthimiou, cello
- Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise"
- Béla Bartók (1881-1945) - String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor
- Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
We are pleased to welcome the Iceberg String Quartet who will be performing well known works of the string quartet repertoire by Haydn, Bartok and Debussy. The Quartet won the McGill Chamber Music Competition in 2017 and was chosen for the “Evolution of the String Quartet” study and performance program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada in 2018. We recommend you watch this short film produced by the Banff Center introducing the Iceberg String Quartet.
March 15, 2019
Marc Djokic, violin; Dominic Painchaud, cello; Julien Leblanc, piano
- G. Cassado (1897-1966) - Piano trio in C-major
- A. Arensky (1861-1906) - Piano trio No 1, Op. 32 in D minor Scherzo : allegro molto
- M. de Falla (1876-1946) - Siete Canciones populares espanolas for cello and piano
- B. Bartok (1881-1945) - Transylvanian Dance for Violin and Piano
- Z. Kodaly (1882-1967) - Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 III. Maestoso - Presto
- J. Corigliano (1938-) - Sonata for Violin and Piano
- Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) - Piano trio No.2, Op. 76
Well known violinist and recipient of many prizes including Prix Goyer 2017-18 Marc Djokic with Julien Leblanc, piano and Dominic Painchaud, cello are closing our season with an original program of music from Spain to Siberia, and a few countries in between, in many different styles. Arensky, a Russian composer who was influenced by Tchaikovsky wrote lovely piano trios in the romantic style. Spain is represented by the three famous composers, De Falla, Cassado and Turina; after Hungary with Bartok and Kodaly there is even a stop in America with Italian-American composer Corigliano who is famous for the score of the movie “Red Violin” among other things.