Jan 25 Thu

CMS completes its 2023-24 season in Chicago with a look to the future.

In a concert celebrating the range of the cello-piano duo repertoire, Debussy’s groundbreaking late sonata—the first truly modern work on the genre—leads seamlessly to the dreamy opening of Bruce Adolphe’s Couple, composed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s own David Finckel and Wu Han. Mendelssohn’s Second Sonata, a masterpiece of his extensive instrumental output, is a prime example of everything we associate with Mendelssohn, from racing, virtuosic outer movements to a magical scherzo and a slow movement based on a Christian hymn.

In the second half, the CMS Co-Artistic Directors are joined by two young artists from the Bowers Program, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of great chamber musicians: Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin and BBC New Generation Artist Tim Ridout, a violist with “gorgeous tone, a thoughtful approach to phrasing, and an infectious sense of impetuosity” (Grammophone), performing Dvořák’s heartfelt Piano Quartet No. 2.

Debussy                Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915) 
Adolphe                Couple for Cello and Piano (1998) 
Shostakovich        Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 (1934)
Dvořák                   Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87 (1889)

Wu Han, Piano
Richard Lin, Violin
Timothy Ridout, Viola
David Finckel, Cello


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