From Prague to Vienna
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
This concert celebrates friendship and family with three composers who mentored and inspired each other. Brahms discovered Dvorák through a composition competition, helped him rise to international stardom, and became his lifelong friend and mentor. In turn, Suk was one of Dvorák’s favorite students and eventually became his son-in-law. Suk’s piano quartet holds a special place in their relationship: it was the first piece that made Dvorák fall in love with his talent. Dvorák was also a devoted family man, and he saved his 100th opus number for a special work for his children. The program ends with the young Brahms’s first piano quartet, which changed music history with its rousing ending.
Dvorák | Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100 (1893)
Suk | Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1891)
Brahms | Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 25 (1860-61)
Wu Han, piano
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
David Finckel, cello
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